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. […]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.
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.
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.