Professor Krugman, on Willard Romney’s “Post-Truth Campaign“:
Suppose that President Obama were to say the following: “Mitt Romney believes that corporations are people, and he believes that only corporations and the wealthy should have any rights. He wants to reduce middle-class Americans to serfs, forced to accept whatever wages corporations choose to pay, no matter how low.”
How would this statement be received?…
I, for one, would die a happy woman.
Quite a few Media Village courtiers would also depart this life, or at least be institutionalized on mass-suicide watch.
I believe, and hope, that it would be almost universally condemned, by liberals as well as conservatives…
… Over all, Mr. Obama’s positions on economic policy resemble those that moderate Republicans used to espouse. Yet Mr. Romney portrays the president as the second coming of Fidel Castro and seems confident that he will pay no price for making stuff up.
Welcome to post-truth politics.
Why does Mr. Romney think he can get away with this kind of thing? Well, he has already gotten away with a series of equally fraudulent attacks. In fact, he has based pretty much his whole campaign around a strategy of attacking Mr. Obama for doing things that the president hasn’t done and believing things he doesn’t believe…
Good column, though — read the whole thing. At least someone with a (modest) bully pulpit is pointing out that Willard “Mitt” Romney is a lying liar, who lies with malice aforethought. Maybe start the weekend festivities off well; chain-mail your low-information relatives and acquaintances.