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No one is such a liar as the indignant man.
--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1885-6.
No one is more indignant than that paragon of inevitability, Mitt Romney. It's his turn, for Pete's sake! Why must he continue to subject himself to interactions with the great unwashed masses? Being forced to sit at a splintery picnic table and eat food of suspicious provenance? Having witless talking heads question his humanity? Having to pal around with terrorist Ted Nugent to prove his redneck street cred?

Indignant doesn't begin to scratch the surface of what passes for emotion in this cyborg. Seething, spluttering resentment is more like it. The shortness of breath, the beads of perspiration, the awkward body language, the petulant and petty school-yard taunt comments. This is clearly a man who has little patience for retail politics and process. In his world, he's accustomed to making a decision, delegating actions to others, taking credit for the results, or firing those hapless minions who screwed it up.

Follow along below the credibility gap for more...

Whatever the outcome, Mitt has no hesitation in lying about it and recasting it in a more positive light to advancing his reputation. To hear his accounts, he has never taken a risk that didn't pay off, never suffered a setback, never failed in any endeavor. Best of all, he did it all alone, without the help of those who came before, those who collaborated, or those who simply followed orders.

He shamelessly threw his own father and grandfather under the bus as well-intentioned but ultimately failed individuals. In his truth-challenged mind, there was no Romney legend until he emerged as someone worthy of veneration.

Some of us honor our parents and feel and express gratitude for the sacrifices they made to provide us with a good start in life. Mitt, like Athena, sprang fully formed into the world, no thanks or credit to his pitifully inadequate ancestors. We, in our unforgivable ignorance, failed to care, but by gosh, we are going to have to care now, because this insufferable narcissist is on the march to the presidency, and there's nothing that he will not do or say or lie about now that the prize is in sight.

Perhaps his penchant for reinvention of the truth parallels the practice of baptizing the dead of other faiths (or no faith at all) into the Mormon faith. After all, the dead are unlikely to speak up in protest. They're a pretty easy population to lie about. It's not as though they or their relatives can do much about this egregious act.

In the corporate world, Mitt was the CEO, and nobody would likely challenge his lies unless they were willing to lose their job over it. Thus unchecked, he could lie with impunity.  

He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.
--Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, 1795.
It Gets Easier. For Mitt, lying is now the baseline condition. I've known people like this. They could probably pass a polygraph test, because to them, the boundaries between lies and truth are highly permeable.

Sadly, we expect some lies from politicians. Promises made with no intent of follow-through. Repudiation of prior positions. Exaggerations. But we are now in truly uncharted territory with the Romney campaign. Lacking a moral compass, unabashed in his lies, and now convinced that, with Santorum out of the way, he has a clear path to the nomination and the White House, It Gets Worse. Much worse.

Convinced that he has the power to recast events to his own benefit, Mitt has been emboldened to get out of his discomfort zone, shake the Etch-a-Sketch, and double down on the efforts to pander to voters.

By negotiating for an endorsement from self-proclaimed would-be assassin, pedophile, draft dodger, and third-rate musician Ted Nugent, Mitt is essentially giving the finger to those of us who value truth and decency.

Mitt himself is not about to be tainted by issuing right-wing dog-whistle remarks, so he's outsourced that vile task to Nugent, who can be counted upon to rally the troops, literally as well as metaphorically. There are plenty of would-be troops out there, just waiting for the call to battle.

Violence does not and cannot exist by itself; it is invariably intertwined with the lie.
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Lecture, 1972.
The beauty of this arrangement, in Mitt's twisted mind, is that Ted's responsible for his own utterances. If some nut-job with a gun decides that this is the call to violent action he's been waiting for, that's not Mitt's problem. It's just some crazed lone gunman. But even if Nugent is the gasoline, Mitt's still the arsonist. He may think that he can outsource the dirty work, but you can be sure that in the privacy of his dark thoughts, he'll wish he could take the credit.

It's a vicious cycle for Mitt: the more he's despised by his party, the press, and the voters, the more desperate he becomes, and the more the truth becomes a casualty of his no-holds-barred campaign. Tone deaf and socially clueless, he tells us that those who purportedly hate him are simply envious of his wealth. Funny, we don't hold that against overpaid athletes, models, actors and actresses, and successful entrepreneurs.

What we hate in you, Mitt, is your utter inauthenticity. Your words mean nothing. You may be your party's nominee, but you're damaged goods.

Time will tell whether voters will hold their noses in sufficient numbers (or whether Mitt can run a viable campaign solely based on inciting hatred of President Obama). On the apocalyptic chance that he does prevail, will anyone even bother to administer the oath of office knowing that this miscreant would swear to anything in the interests of expedience?

Oaths are but words, and words but wind.
--Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part 1, 1663.

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  •  He's got daddy compensation (8+ / 0-)

    issues like W did. And that scares the bejeezus out of me.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:18:26 AM PDT

  •  narcissists don't lie--magical thinking (6+ / 0-)

    Magical thinking: Their truth is reflected in what they're saying at any given moment. When the moment changes so can their truth.
    A narcissist is right and if you don't agree, you are wrong (because the narcissist is unable to allow anyone to have a dissenting or contrary view).

    I don't normally cite wikipedia, but it does a pretty good job of laying out the essentials of narcissism:

    Warning: That light at the end of the tunnel just might be an oncoming train.

    by history first on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:23:55 AM PDT

  •  He Is Comfortable With Endlessly Disparaging (5+ / 0-)

    Obama. That is more important than whether the charges he makes have any truth behind them. Hopefully the media will pick up on this pattern. It does kind of blend in with the image of him saying anything to get elected.

  •  It's His Turn...... (7+ / 0-)

    By God, even Romney's wife said it.  Every day Mitt comes up w/ new whoopers.  It's OK, cause it's his turn.  

    Now he's blaming Obama for the GSA scandal.....because of his "elaborate vacations".  He says the President is setting a poor example "that is inconsistent w/ the state of the economy & that of the American family".

    By the same time in his Presidency, George Bush had taken 180 days of vacation.  Obama has taken 6l.  He goes to Hawaii....the last time I checked one of our states.  

    Bush took 77 trips from DC to Crawford, Texas over the 8 years of his ghastly, stolen Presidency.  Each one of those suckers cost the American people over $20,000.00.  

    Mitt is an unmitigated liar.  He even lies about cookies.  Is nothing sacred?

  •  Yep! His turn, for pete's sake! (3+ / 0-)

    Nothing presumptive or asshat about that at all. Gee.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:34:25 AM PDT

    •  Here's an idea: instead of this costly and (1+ / 0-)
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      emotionally exhausting primary process, the SuperPACs each get to field a candidate, and they are each assigned ONE four year term according to a lottery process. Problem solved! Everyone gets their "turn".

      Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

      by cassandracarolina on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:38:16 AM PDT

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      •  Can I give mine to Bernie Sanders? Last place I (2+ / 0-)
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        want to be is DC. However, if I can rule from the western whitehouse of Nixon (San Clemente) I'm golden.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:42:37 AM PDT

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  •  This should be taken and applied to the violence (2+ / 0-)
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    suffered by OWS.

    Violence does not and cannot exist by itself; it is invariably intertwined with the lie.
    -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Lecture, 1972
    It fits perfectly.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:35:09 AM PDT

  •  Ewwwh! (1+ / 0-)
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    "kookies ..."

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:44:53 AM PDT

  •  Mitt lies because (3+ / 0-)

    The truth is that he is 100% fighting for the 1%.  He doesn't care about improving the lives of average Americans. So he lies to his gullible sheep because he knows they'll believe anything on Fox News.

    •  Luckily for the 99% (0+ / 0-)

      we can spot a liar. I have always believed that people lie to us because they're thinking, "yeah, you might just be dumb enough to fall for this".

      It's pretty easy to tell when Mitt's lying: his lips are moving.

      Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

      by cassandracarolina on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 02:06:04 PM PDT

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  •  He's just scared of failing (1+ / 0-)
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    And the more afraid he gets, the more he lies, and the more he shifts positions to accommodate whoever frightens him today.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:23:42 PM PDT

  •  Delusions, not lies. (1+ / 0-)
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    Maybe he's not consciously "lying".  The inner world of Deluded Rich People ("DRP"s) seems to rest on a whole series of self-delusions, beginning with, "I deserve everything I have.  If you have less than I do, it's because you are morally, spiritually, genetically, and mentally inferior to me."

    In my experience, the difference between garden-variety narcissists and DRP's is that the narcissists just gin up nonsensical beliefs about their own specialness and entitlement out of (take your pick) crazy mixed-up brain chemistry or plain evil-mindedness.

    DRP's have been surrounded since birth with a consistent delusional DRP mythology.  Most of them understand on some unspoken level that if they don't embrace the mythology, they're going to face some hard moral choices in life.  

    •  Excellent explanation of the Deluded Rich People (0+ / 0-)

      "scorning the base degrees by which they did ascend" (to paraphrase Shakespeare).

      It must take up all their mental energies to keep reality at bay. Doesn't leave much for campaigning or governing.

      Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

      by cassandracarolina on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:38:59 PM PDT

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  •  Heart troubles? (1+ / 0-)
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    The shortness of breath, the beads of perspiration,
    Romney is 65 years old.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:42:37 PM PDT

    •  Could be, as he surely does not jog or (1+ / 0-)
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      exercise. He has people for that.

      Personally, I think that his inauthenticity is causing to use up his heartbeats at a faster than normal pace.  Even HE knows he can't keep this charade going another six months.

      Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

      by cassandracarolina on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:48:06 PM PDT

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  •  "something else" (2+ / 0-)
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    I think Rmoney believes that he is ENTITLED to be president, and feels justified in telling any damn lie he pleases. He isn't worried about getting called on it - he just says "I didn't say that", even though these lies are on video!

    He wants to tell President Obama "start packing". I want to tell Rmoney to start investing in Kleenex, because he's going to need a lot of it in November.

    How are we supposed to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, when we don't have the boots? Healthcare and education are the boots - Tony Llama and Steve Maddens for all!

    by SueM1121 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:47:21 PM PDT

  •  "inautenticity" and the zippergate... (1+ / 0-)
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    What we hate in you, Mitt, is your utter inauthenticity
    I have been asking the question myself. Who is this man, really? What does he stand for? Ann Romney's advice, to unzip the real Mitt out from where he is hiding, for example, makes me think that we will find very little even if we did.

    And yes, there are a lot of common with GWB when it comes to Mitt's non existent personality. To me, this is directly related to the fact that both GWB and Romney are followers not leaders in true sense and thus have little contribution to their 'success' other than being born in wealth and privilege. Means, somebody makes the decisions for them and hand them the itiniary. Only such lack of leadership explains the lack of their personality.

    Moreover, this seems to be the case for the Republican candidates going back to Reagan. Someone hands them their platforms, messages, politics, and ultimately decisions. And when these 'someones' change their minds or strategies, then the so called leader abruptly changes the message, often sounding contradictory to his previous positions.

    Reagan was told what to say and so did George H. Bush and George GWB. The Democratic presidents including Carter, Clinton and our current president Obama however are quite different in the sense that they were and are never the ones to be told what to do when it comes to final decision making (not related to the advising process). No matter what, we know at least there is a PERSON there, when it comes to the Democrats.

    I must add here that it looks worse with the Republican candidate Romney because despite their weak leadership, Reagan, first Bush and GW did have instances of redeeming quality when they stood their ground and said "no." GW, for example, stood against Cheney by refusing to pardon the scum bag Libby. I said it looks worse with Romney because there really is nobody home, so far.

    Another similar would be Republican candidate to Romney example was McCain which we were able to stop. McCain was/is a total "tell me what I am supposed to be doing/saying next" guy.

    We really dodged the proverbial bullet with McCain (and OMG Palin) and now the damned bullet is on its way, again. This time, we need not only to dodge it but also to disarm its source so that the future generations will have hope.

    This time it is going to take all we can give, and then some...

    ...and we are ready.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 01:55:22 PM PDT

    •  Very well stated, zenox (1+ / 0-)
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      You have a candidate in Romney who is a blank slate, and the Koch brothers, ALEC, and other corporate forces ready to write their instructions on the slate.

      So eager is Romney to curry favor that he would likely capitulate to any of them in return for another moment of feeling that "see: they respect me as a successful business leader and now president", while they're thinking: "what a chump".

      Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

      by cassandracarolina on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 02:03:26 PM PDT

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  •  unfortunately mitt believes his own PR. (1+ / 0-)
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    My best guess was a reflection that did not look back, an image lost in every mirror.

    by Zacapoet on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 04:50:30 PM PDT

  •  COMMERCIAL PLEASE! (1+ / 0-)
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    please will someone make a commercial of him with that God awful laughter of his. hearing that laughter makes your skin crawl! Creepy weird Ronmey! CREEPY WEIRD RONMEY!

  •  My X-husband lied so frequently that I questioned (1+ / 0-)
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    his ability to discern reality.   Sometimes, I would confront him with something like, "You do understand that that is a lie--don't you?"   I hoped  he was conscious of what he was doing, because that would indicate that he was, al least, sane.  I still wonder. . .

    Old Hippies Never Give Up!

    by ravenrdr on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 05:58:05 AM PDT

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