Worse than sad. Disgraceful. He casts himself as a religious man, but, where morality and truth-telling intersect, is a complete fraud. Bill Scher has an article listing and refuting the lies in Mitten's closing argument. Here are a few of Romney's false claims (asterisked in the blockquote) with Scher's counterpoint/correction immediately below the lie.
There's more below the fold...
There is a reason for the GOP response. They cannot win on the facts. They never could. They can only win if they use emotion. This is something we Dems are sometimes slow to accept. While pretending to be moved by logical argument, conservatives use only emotion and no logic, while demanding logic from others. Certainly, Dems could do a better job at blending emotional appeal with their argument. And Joe showed us how. It was real, not the sniveling pretense of Paul Ryan who, for example, claimed to protect Social Security while on record for wanting to privatize it. But more to the point, the way they use emotion is manipulative and personal. That is how they try to get to us.
The frame that the GOP uses is a frame which contends: 1) "Dems are not nice;" 2) the public must be made aware that "Dems aren't nice;" 3) Because "they are not nice," Dems must become self-hating and believers in the false equivalence myth the media creates; 4) Dems must be made reluctant to stand up to lies and aggression by Republicans; 5) Independents must know "Dems aren't nice," 6) in the finale, pretend to be the guardians of bipartisanship. Do this last thing, even while killing bipartisanship at every turn. Don't worry about the quantum leaps necessary to make this contorted demonizing of Democrats. Have supporters ready to roll with this approach the minute they get the opportunity.
But those same lies also suggest it is time to end the farce of the so-called presidential debates, at least as they have been presented to us in recent years. Those in the know about debates (and as a former debater, I am one of them) have long questioned whether the presidential debates are real debates. A craven, saber-rattling media makes the situation worse by craving "body blows," regardless of substance. And let's not forget their adoration of the horse race. But these same media ignore that you cannot win by just firing off untruths. (Some of the fact checks are linked below the fold.) And these same media folks abrogated their responsibilities by pretending the debate was about those superficial elements.
At each four-year juncture, candidates through their representatives negotiate the terms, even down to who comes up on the stage first afterwards (the wives). But all the planning cannot account for a worthless moderator and a candidate who lies faster than anyone can write or type them. I started out ready to join in the fact checking. But the speed with which Romney fabricated was just breathtaking. I gave up. Kudos to Lowell for getting some of the facts clarified. I hope the readers of BV understand just how dedicated Lowell is and has been. It is remarkable.
But Mittens has a problem. With an improving economy underway, what's a liar like himself to do? Tell GOPHERS to dummy up about the improving economy. Think Progress has a story up about just that. It seems Mittens has told Republican Governors not to talk about the improving economy. He's not happy with such positive talk because it renders his bull what it is, a lie.
ThinkProgress cites a Bloomberg News article finding that the Romney campaign directly asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott do cool references to an improved Florida economy. After all, that would render Mitt what he is-a liar. Romney is also overplaying the portrayal of Iowa as struggling more than it is, much to the IW governor's chagrin. But the word has apparently gone out that the governors and the Chamber of Commerce should be careful not to trumpet improving numbers. Talk about no coattails for them!