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  •  Cruz has a sensory deficit. He can't tell time. (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, Arriba

    Since he can't tell time, he gets the sequence of events all wrong. What comes out is the equivalent of what you get when elderly people suffering from dementia confabulate.

    The Baucus reference is telling. Baucus did say what is claimed, but that he said something else later and changed his mind doesn't register with a person whose sense of time is deficient. Cruz' staff just have to make the best of it. It's like dealing with an elderly uncle who can't keep his stories straight.

    It's my personal opinion that these sensory deficits are more prevalent than we know and they only become more apparent as people age and others have to tend to their needs. Then it becomes obvious that they don't know what they are talking about. But, they are all talkers. That's for sure.

    •  Not really..... (1+ / 0-)
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      Cruz lies on purpose.
      I have a feeling you could explain why the Baucus quote was wrong, talk to him til you were sure you made it perfectly clear.  And he would turn around and without batting an eye, say the same damn thing again.
      He really is another Joe McCarthy.

      Never regret something that made you smile

      by Texnance on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 05:42:44 PM PDT

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      •  Being a great debater does not require ... (0+ / 0-)

        honesty. You can lie through your teeth, but you have to sound and look like you are telling the truth. Cruz has that gift curse.

        I seem more relaxed lately. I've returned to writing in cursive.

        by glb3 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 06:00:21 PM PDT

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      •  He prevaricates. Whether it is on purpose is (0+ / 0-)

        not clear. He repeats himself. Being able to repeat oneself and make it sound fresh is a useful trait in a politician. It makes him sound sincere. But, it may just be a practiced habit, something that comes naturally. His handlers give him his marching orders and he delivers.
        He's like Willard.
        As I said during the campaign, we should probably worry less about robots acting like people than about people who behave like machines.
        Cruz prevaricates and he confabulates, mixing up truth and fiction. It's not entirely random because information is stored in the brain thematically. When senile dementia gets really bad, speech becomes totally random.
        Yes, Cruz speaks untruths and, being a politician, he speaks on purpose. That's his job. But both are not necessarily intentional in the sense of a conscious effort to deceive. How can one tell? By the fact that some of what he says is actually contrary to his own interests. What he says does not promote his own interests. The public's mistake is in thinking that because it doesn't serve his interests, he must be sincere and telling the truth. We do that because we assume that people lie to protect their interests. So, when they hurt themselves we conclude they are telling the truth. In fact, they may just not know the facts.
        Can a clueless person lie? I don't think so. He can tell an untruth, but he can't consciously deceive. Mostly because there is no consciousness there. That's what being clueless means.

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