April 17, 2012
Hack Alert

This is one of the choicest specimens of pure, unadulterated hackery I’ve seen in quite a while. It’s from the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, a writer I seldom read for reasons that will become obvious to you in a moment:

Among the attributes I most envy in a public man (or woman) is the ability to lie. If that ability is coupled with no sense of humor, you have the sort of man who can be a successful football coach, a CEO or, when you come right down to it, a presidential candidate. Such a man is Mitt Romney. […]

I watched, impressed. I admire a smooth liar, and Romney is among the best. His technique is to explain — that bit about not knowing what was in the ads — and then counterattack. He maintains the bulletproof demeanor of a man who is barely suffering fools, in this case Gingrich. His message is not so much what he says, but what he is: You cannot touch me. I have the organization and the money. Especially the money. (Even the hair.) You’se a loser.

Let me get this straight. Mitt Romney is a pathological liar who looks down on people (doesn’t suffer fools) who have less money, worse hair, and a weaker organization than he does, and this is attractive? Mitt Romney is a dishonest prick, and I love him for it! Wow, a male pundit with battered wife syndrome. Somebody with the proper credentials should investigate this.

Good God. I hope he had knee pads on when he wrote that, otherwise he might be in for some major soreness and swelling. This really worries me. When big media pundits get man crushes, the results are horrific, vide the Bush presidency. This could be the opening smooch in the coming Mitt love fest that the mainstream media will undoubtedly conduct in order to make the election a race. You might wanna keep a bucket handy.

Nobody gets out of here with their minds intact.


Posted by OHollern at April 17, 2012 10:20 PM
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Un-fking real if you ask me.

Posted by: Pat In Massachusetts on April 18, 2012 5:29 AM

These guys really believe all that Leo Strauss crap. It's made to order fascism at its worst. He's one of those idiots that has become a true believer and has no idea what that kind of ideology has lead to in the past.

Posted by: Buck on April 18, 2012 7:28 AM

Mr. Cohen is a clown. But it is one way to be happy with our DC governance.
Gov'ts have always lied to varying extents. But in the US our standards have been on such a slide for the last half century. Spin & lies reached their zenith or low point? w the GW Bush adm. During those 8 yrs. we reached the point when it was only on the rarest occasions that they released any "information" that was substantially true. Unfortunately Obama has done little to improve the situation.

The prospects for our future look grim. The police state continues to grow stronger all the time. The quality of our political & media elite are so generally poor or nasty and the vast amount of the citizenry is uniformed or wrongly informed about the true nature of things. This is the perfect environment for evil men to exercise power. What checks are their to stop it?

Posted by: Sean O on April 18, 2012 11:49 AM

Dunno, Richard Cohen can be a misogynist jerk sometimes but still I do have to guess he's speaking a little ironically here.

Except, yeah, sometimes (e.g. also in comedy news shows) it's weird how what begins as irony can become a little too subtly so, and then after a while it becomes minimal, until it's just this incredibly thin membrane between the speaker and actual regression to naivete...

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on April 19, 2012 1:37 AM
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