I completely agree with Steve M. that Romney will pay no price for his outright lies and wingnut craziness in the general election. After all, even the liberal Politifact agrees that Democrats tell worse lies.
My favorite Romney story, because it’s just the kind of thing Establishment media savaged Al Gore for supposedly telling, is this one:
A day after being labelled “out of touch” for casually offering a $10,000 bet to a rival candidate, Mr Romney told supporters he had experienced austerity as a missionary in France, using a bucket for a lavatory and a hose for a shower. “You’re not living high on the hog at that kind of level,” he said.
But the Republican presidential hopeful spent a significant portion of his 30-month mission in a Paris mansion described by fellow American missionaries to The Daily Telegraph as “palace”. It featured stained glass windows, chandeliers, and an extensive art collection. It was staffed by two servants – a Spanish chef and a houseboy.
Although he spent time in other French cities, for most of 1968, Mr Romney lived in the Mission Home, a 19th century neoclassical building in the French capital’s chic 16th arrondissement. “It was a house built by and for rich people,” said Richard Anderson, the son of the mission president at the time of Mr Romney’s stay. “I would describe it as a palace”.
None of this will hurt Romney at all, because like it or not, you hippies, the man has the requisite Hayekian modesty to be president.
What will hurt Romney in the general is all the bullshit about the moat on the border patrolled by sharks with frickin’ laser beams. I almost wonder if the complacency of the librul media has lulled Republicans into a false sense of security, that it made them they believe they can get by with brown-baiting in the primaries the same way they get by with the rest of the lies and craziness. But I don’t think they can.