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I have heard the question, and have even postulated myself; "why is this election even close"

The only conclusion is that the "common wisdom" of:

1] That all politicians lie.

2] That all politicians are in it for themselves.

3] That politics is fundamentally corrupt

Have finally come home to roost, the popularity of congress is at an all time low and for good reason I might add.

So the only conclusion I can come up with the Mitt Romney exemplifies all three points perfectly. He is the perfect incarnation of everything we believe is wrong in politics; hence he merely confirms our worst thoughts. We can conclude that he is no better nor worse than all the others. Indeed you might say that is the only thing that is reliable about him.

1] He brazenly contradicts himself on nearly a daily basis, no thought is sacred.

2] His brazenly presents himself as America's savior, he will magically create jobs, annul the deficit, and conquer our enemies within 48 hours.

The sheer chutzpah he has shown in refusing to show his tax history, and from what little is known, that avoidance is part of his nature.

So Mitt Romney is the standard bearer of our own cynicism, he even confirms the reasoning behind our cynicism, so no bar is too low for him to slink under because many will just shrug and say "that's just politics".

Our dear beloved press corp and news media bear a great deal of responsibility in the desensitization process, their fact checking a joke. There are always to sides to an argument [even when there are not], shit stirring and screaming talking-heads on TV bring in the viewers; no conspiracy theory is too bizarre.

The success of Mitt Romney is merely a byproduct of the oft repeated memes "the evils of big government" and the "incompetence" of its practitioners. We have wrapped up in one man all our "expectations" of the system, hence he can get away with blue murder when the truth is involved.

Mitt Romney Cynicism's Champion.

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  •  Tip Jar. Mitt Romney the product of our times. (9+ / 0-)

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 11:15:39 AM PDT

  •  Because he's a shape-shifter (2+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, George3

    people might think he will be able to work both sides of the aisle, get more done. Obama's seen as more partisan - or at least inspires more partisan insanity.

    Not saying it's right, but my theory.

    •  Or he just encapsulates what we hear 24/7 (1+ / 0-)
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      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 11:21:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm not even entirely sure (2+ / 0-)
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        LaFeminista, George3

        that people see it as lying. Or, rather, lying is such an ingrained part of everyday life that they can't spot it when they see it.

        A study: UMass researcher finds most people lie in everyday conversation

        We live in a culture where watching Super Bowl commercials is a national pasttime. Sincerity is the anomaly, so it's not just politics, it's cultural.

        •  In that I can agree. A producct of our times (1+ / 0-)
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          Ash Tree

          "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

          by LaFeminista on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 11:32:12 AM PDT

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        •  Americans are really very self-righteous. (2+ / 0-)
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          LaFeminista, CFAmick

          When they want to call people on a lie, they will.  They are unforgiving if their passions are sufficiently ginned up.

          Honestly, the Democrats should have taken note of when they hit the sweet spot about five/six weeks ago and moved on to focusing on the substance of the lies - meaning that they should have explained what the lies would really translate into  - about how fantastical most of his claims have been and how devastating they would be for real people.  I don't think that they pivoted quickly enough once they'd basically proven him a lair.

          But the other BIG thing that has been missed which continues to provide Romney the opening to lie without much consequence is the fact that what Romney is in effect "selling" is a "do nothing" government that will exist exclusively to serve the corporations and the plutocrats who run them.  

          At the root of the cynicism that has taken hold, the view that people have adopted that government can't help them and also should not help them is really the problem.  If you expect someone to do something for you and they lie about it, you are far more likely to get upset if you catch them in a lie.  When you have low expectations, you don't get as worked up about it.

          Unfortunately, the Democrats have been all too accommodating about allowing that view of government to stand.  It is one thing to point out that Romney wants to kill Big Bird and a whole other thing to explain why that is such a destructive path to take.  Most people can't make that leap on their own.  They need guidance and information.

  •  I've touched on this in comments (2+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, inclusiveheart

    The fact that Mitt Romney is a liar is not even in question anymore.

    I see it break down along the lines of A) of course he's a liar, he's a politician and B) he had to say that to get elected.

    The fact that he's a serial liar with no core isn't troubling to many people It's what they expect of our elected "leaders."

    Hi candidacy is the essence of all that is wrong with our system, and, worse, we all seem resigned to that fact.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 11:24:18 AM PDT

  •  The inevitable reply is always (1+ / 0-)
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    "Yeah, he lies, but all politicians lie."

    Somehow it becomes irrelevant the magnitude and depth of his lies, because people expect it from all of the politicians.

    I try to call people out on it whenever I hear it, but there is essentially an epidemic of lazy people who don't feel involved enough to figure out whether or not the politician's actions match with his rhetoric or if he/she simply changes according to the political climate.

    I think you've nailed it. Romney matches the low expectations that Republicans have created for politicians and government employees.

    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain

    by deviant24x on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 11:42:40 AM PDT

  •  I may be in the minority, but I think the debates (2+ / 0-)

    are the ideal moments for somebody as intellectually agile and endowed as Obama (with a little help from a moderator, once in a while, maybe), to ruthlessly call out the lies and expose the opponent for what he is.

    There are just too many people in this country that don't read, but will eagerly watch a cock fight. If that's what it takes to expose the slimeball to the light, then ON WITH IT!

    Thanks for a thoughtful diary, Feminista.

    "...pero mi corazón me aconseja, que los nacionalismos - ¡qué miedo me dan!" - Enrique Bunbury (El Extranjero)

    by JustGiaco on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 11:59:04 AM PDT

  •  He is doing it intentionally, as all republicans (2+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, jfromga

    are.  They are intentionally turning government into a joke, because government is not important to their true base.  In fact, it is often their only competitor.  By embodying the meme that 'all politicians are liars', they tune people out (advantage: republican) and cause the intimidated to deflect their fear and intimidation by claiming 'both sides do it' (advantage: republicans).  It is win-win for them, even when they lose elections.

    and their contempt for the Latin schools was applauded by Theodoric himself, who gratified their prejudices, or his own, by declaring that the child who had trembled at a rod would never dare to look upon a sword.

    by ban48 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:20:35 PM PDT

    •  Initially it was intentional [Rove], I'm not so (0+ / 0-)

      sure now, it seems just to be instinctual without much thought.

      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:31:27 PM PDT

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      •  It does work. Some people simply see (0+ / 0-)

        outrageous arguments and intimidating behaviors and simply decide "I want no part of that".  romney does strike me as an instinctual bully, so I'll buy that :)

        and their contempt for the Latin schools was applauded by Theodoric himself, who gratified their prejudices, or his own, by declaring that the child who had trembled at a rod would never dare to look upon a sword.

        by ban48 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:54:42 PM PDT

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  •  if there is no price to pay (0+ / 0-)

    for lying, ie, it works, they get elected, they will continue to lie.

    There is something to both sides do it, but I look on that as what the old fashioned law cases called 'puffing'.  If you are selling something, you will build it up some.  But when you don't just puff, but set off a nuclear explosion,  then it needs to be called lying.

  •  More complex than this (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    One more secular-faith based distinction in the world.

    To much of the conservative base, he's not lying if what he says is consistent with the world view they already have.  In other words, he gets away with it because there is a large constituency that expects and in fact demands shape shifting.  On the other hand, seculars (liberal and conservative) tend to base their views on reason.  It's not that liberals are incapable of holding non-factual opinions, but that over time most of us can be swayed by reason on most matters.

    People like Rove get this and are able to exploit this -- they can move freely from the real, fact based world to the fact-shifting world and back.

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