Sunday, December 18, 2011

Three Kinds of Lies: Lies, Damned Lies and Romney Lies

Across the break are excerpts from an article that discusses Mitt Romney's -- a leading Republican presidential candidate -- "discomforting hostility for the truth."

Steve Benen, writing on his blog Political Animal, describes Mitt Romney's "willingness to lie" and he proffers a question for our consideration.  Additionally, in his blog posting, "The rational behind 'bald-faced lies'," Benen highlights a theory -- posited by Daniel Larison -- as to why Romney lies.  Excerpts from Larison's theory follow:

For some reason, he even managed to say something untrue about his real first name during the national security debate last month.
More likely, he is so contemptuous of the people he tells these lies to that he never thinks he will be found out.

Benen, Steve.  Political Animal - "The rationale behind ‘bald-faced lies'." Washington Monthly 17 December, 2011: online edition.

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