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Trump’s Stream of Lies Should Be Reason Enough to Remove Him

I wrote this piece back in February, and then waited for the right time to go public. Back then, I was expecting a far...

Talk One Way, Walk the Other: The Epidemic of Hypocrisy in...

This piece is appearing in newspapers in my very red District (VA-06). *********************** Is there much doubt whether people -- if they were asked whether they’d...

What (If Anything) Does Donald Trump Respect?

My latest piece for the newspapers in my conservative area of Virginia (in this case, just the Shenandoah Valley). ********************* When we Americans choose a president...

One Glimpse of Liberal America’s Role in Enabling the Right

Almost everyone knows that the American political system is in bad shape. But way too few seem to understand what’s gone wrong and what...

Will Romney Double-Down Tonight On Ryan Lies?

As the national media today confronts the avalanche of lies served up last night by Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan, there is some evidence that the Romney campaign might be pushing the lie envelope a little too far. As an industry, the political media appears to be pushing back a bit against the lies -- more than we have seen in the past.

It will be interesting to see how the Romney-Ryan campaign responds. So far, they seem nonplussed.

As widely reported, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse, when asked about the near-unanimous fact-check condemnation of the campaign's false charge regarding Welfare work waivers, said earlier this week, "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers."

In other words, we don't care about the truth.

Chuck Todd, meanwhile, is reporting this evening that the Romney campaign is generally unconcerned about today's uproar over the dishonesty of Ryan's speech. According to Todd, as the Romney campaign sees it, media criticism doesn't matter because the media's credibility is extremely low, and the public perceives the media as partisan and biased in any event.

Todd is also saying, however, that the campaign is pushing back a bit on the Janesville plant lie. Apparently, that particular lie, blaming Obama for something that occurred before he took office, might be a bit much, even for Mitt Romney.

But that pushback consists of their arguing that the Janesville lie is true, not stepping back from their assertions.

(more on the flip)