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Oh, this is rich. One of Mitt Romney's top campaign advisers has gone whining to Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, asking him to say that Romney's Jeep-to-China lie wasn't actually a lie. Why you'd go looking for redemption on your lies months after your candidate lost, I don't know, but that's what Stuart Stevens has done:
Stevens said his note was prompted by Chrysler’s announcement that it would begin building Jeep models in China.
“I would hope that you would take another look at this and stress test it for accuracy away from the heat of a campaign,” Stevens wrote. “I've been doing campaigns and writing about campaigns for some time and I believe that the ad and Romney's statement were completely accurate, unusually so by any standards.”
Unusual, maybe, but accurate? Not so much. Now, it was predictable that headlines about Chrysler building Jeeps in China would make some people think Mitt Romney had been right all along about Chrysler moving American Jeep-building jobs to China. But I'd assumed that the Romney campaign knew that the reality was that as Chrysler expanded into the Chinese market, it had to build the Jeeps for sale in China in China, due to Chinese tariffs on imports, and that Chrysler was simultaneously adding jobs on Jeep production lines in the United States.
And because the facts about Romney's lie have not changed one bit, Stevens's request for reconsideration just leads to another point-by-point smackdown identifying a series of lies and misleading statements, repeatedly pointing out that Chrysler is adding jobs in the U.S., and concluding:
With all due respect to Stevens, the claim that Romney turned out to be right is simply not accurate. [...]
We reaffirm our earlier ruling of Four Pinocchios.
It's kind of a perfect epilogue to the Romney campaign.