This is how the Overton Window of lying works. Lie so brazenly that news outlets worry they'll look biased by saying so. The liar benefits. https://t.co/R5FelchY5H
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) January 1, 2017
— Mazel Tov Cocktail (@AdamSerwer) January 1, 2017
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 1, 2017
For anyone young or naive enough to think this is a new low for the Republicans, fresh historical note, via RawStory, in the NYTimes:
Richard M. Nixon always denied it: to David Frost, to historians and to Lyndon B. Johnson, who had the strongest suspicions and the most cause for outrage at his successor’s rumored treachery. To them all, Nixon insisted that he had not sabotaged Johnson’s 1968 peace initiative to bring the war in Vietnam to an early conclusion. “My God. I would never do anything to encourage” South Vietnam “not to come to the table,” Nixon told Johnson, in a conversation captured on the White House taping system.
Now we know Nixon lied. A newfound cache of notes left by H. R. Haldeman, his closest aide, shows that Nixon directed his campaign’s efforts to scuttle the peace talks, which he feared could give his opponent, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, an edge in the 1968 election. On Oct. 22, 1968, he ordered Haldeman to “monkey wrench” the initiative…