Jed Lewison has a diary up right now about Mitt Romney's bizarre incomprehensible twisted illogic on the topic of his politicizing the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Jed rightly points out that the "logic" of Romney's statement actually cannot be parsed in any rational way.
But Jed didn't emphasize another howler in that interview with George Stephanopolis. It's that Mitt Romney called President Obama a habitual liar, in terms much more blunt than the main stream media seems willing to use for Romney's increasingly blatant and self evident lying. If Mittens wants to introduce the topic of lying into the presidential campaign, I'm sure that President Obama's campaign advisers must be saying, "bring it on."
Here is what Romney said of President Obama according to USA Today and ABC News:
Romney says he expects Obama to lie in debates
Mitt Romney says he's expecting President Obama to fudge the truth in their three debates, but he probably won't trot out a famous line by Ronald Reagan to counter his rival.
"The challenge that I'll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren't true. And in attacking his opponents," Romney told ABC News. "It's difficult to say, 'Well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren't quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?"
Here is ABC's version:
EXCLUSIVE – Romney on Debates: Obama Will ‘Say Things That Aren’t True’
Sep 14, 2012 6:57am
With the first presidential debate less than three weeks away, Mitt Romney is spending lots of time getting ready behind closed doors. In his first comments on that debate prep, he told me that Sen. Rob Portman is a tough stand-in for a president who basically lies in debates.
“I think the challenge that I’ll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true,” Romney said. “I’ve looked at prior debates. And in that kind of case, it’s difficult to say, ‘Well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren’t quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?”
OK, how can anyone explain Mitten's desire to introduce the topic of mendacity into the campaign?
I can only assume -- and it's an educated guess -- that he has been advised to use the Karl Rove technique of saying exactly the opposite of reality as a way of overcoming a political deficit. Mitt calling President Obama a liar is like George W. Bush's minions insinuating that John Kerry was a war coward to overcome the problem of Bush having been a deserter.