The Republican primary has been, I think quite clearly, a national embarrassment, and it doesn’t look likely to get better anytime soon. At least until after the New Hampshire primary (and probably for a couple after that), the media will continue pretend that there are credible, qualified candidates in the race who are not Mormon. Every ‘major” candidate has somehow thoroughly pissed me off or disappointed me at some point so far.
Mitt Romney just outdid all of them.
The other candidates are, barring Huntsman, incompetent and deeply embarrassing. Romney, it seems, is neither of those–instead, he is simply a liar.
I’m talking, of course, about Romney’s first TV ad, in which he uses a clip of Obama commenting on what John McCain’s campaign was telling itself. The quote: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” There is no excuse for the blatant misrepresentation of Obama’s words. If Romney wants to contend that the Obama campaign is avoiding an economic debate, let him make that argument himself, and provide evidence–not a false confession.
I really don’t have more to say on the issue. It’s simply dishonest, and utterly without honor or respect for the debate. Romney should be ashamed to show his face in public.
Addendum: NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen’s tweet captures the most damning aspect of the whole debacle (and links to a good article on the subject): @jayrosen_nyu “The political press has no answer to this. http://j.mp/skSLVQ It won’t develop an answer and doesn’t care that it has no answer. So deal.”