What is Behind the “Romney (& Tonight Ryan) Lies” Charges from the Obama Camp?

Tonight expect a flurry of “Ryan lies” charges from Vice President Joe Biden.  Set aside why even the MSMosphere would take seriously such an accusation from a serial plagiarizer.  Why is the Obama campaign focused on shouting “Romney (or Ryan) lies” no matter what the GOP candidates say?  After all, time after time the so-called “lies” have turned out to be completely true.  My Monday column at HughHewitt.com looks at what the Obama campaign is up to, concluding:  

[E]ven as they level the charge of “lies,” the administration and its allies are careless (at best) with facts and the truth. They are intent not on winning the national debate but on “disqualifying” (as the current phrase has it) the Romney-Ryan ticket — not a pretty strategy, nor an honorable one.  The question now is, will it work?

We’ll see tonight.

  1. Anne R. Pierce
    C

    How depressing.

  2. At The Rubicon

    It will be interesting if Biden tries the ‘Ryan Lies’ route tonight. If he does, Joe is likely to get his clock cleaned. 

  3. Sweezle

    So far the Obama-Biden camp has let their campaign people & super pacs  make the “you lie” charges against Romney & Ryan. I can’t see Biden being stupid enough to directly accuse Ryan of lying tonight. He might imply it by suggesting Ryan isn’t telling the whole “truth” on a specific point. But even Biden has to stay smart during a debate.

  4. KC Mulville

    The Obama campaign doesn’t grasp Romney-Ryan’s policies, and immediately categorizes and dismisses them into their own self-serving myth. And when Romney & Ryan don’t follow their script, the Obama Gang is shocked, and starts accusing everyone of lying.

    They’ve come to believe their own myths.

    Can’t wait until this crowd is gone.

  5. dittoheadadt

    I hope our rebuttal is something like, “It’s pretty revealing, Joe, that when your administration is faced with political arguments that you cannot refute, you resort to the childish taunt “liar liar”.  It’s unbecoming of the offices of president and vice-president, and America and the American people deserve better.”

    A little contempt and pity, and more than a little shame, would be nice.  Ryan doesn’t need to jump ugly to make the point that these are small men, small people, using ugly tactics, because they’re morally and intellectually bankrupt.

  6. Indaba

    Ryan is very good at taking an accusation and holding it up for close, calm scrutiny, with little emotion or irritation shown. If Biden calls liar, he better know his facts inside and out or prepare to look ill informed.

    My son came home today and said that Romney has made a gaffe about health care. I went through the points with him, but this is dry policy. Much more fun to say if someone in America gets cancer, if they are uninsured, they will die and Romney is too rich to understand the pain of the poor. Much easier to yell, liar.

    Where is the dignity of Biden and Obama? They are Racing to the bottom of the barrel. They are playing to the quick voter.

  7. ConservativeWanderer
    KC Mulville: They’ve come to believe their own myths. · 25 minutes ago

    Said it before, will say it again.

    Orwell called that phenomenon “doublethink.”

  8. George Savage

    Clark’s excellent column presents the latest example of a continuing Democratic effort  to paint Republicans as morally unfit for office.  

    In my father’s day, if the incumbent party was screwing up, as today, the American thing to do was to vote for the other guys.  In those days, it would be socially acceptable for a Democrat to pull the lever for Mitt Romney, hoping to come home again at the next election.  Your buddies might not agree with your decision, but they would understand.

    That was then.  Today, leftist organs chiefly dispense moral instruction in lieu of touting achievements: Romney is leading a war on women when not firing hard-working employees and murdering their cancer-stricken spouses; Ryan wants to toss grandma off the cliff; Tea Partiers hurl racial epithets at African-American representatives; and so on.  

    The fact that none of this is true is beside the point.  The intent is to create a social milieu in which it is impossible to defect to the opposition.  You would never vote for Hitler and can likewise never vote for Romney.

    This Potemkin morality began to dissipate last week.  Let’s hope the process continues tonight.

  9. ConservativeWanderer
    George Savage:   Today, leftist organs chiefly dispense moral instruction in lieu of touting achievements: Romney is leading a war on women when not firing hard-working employees and murdering their cancer-stricken spouses; Ryan wants to toss grandma off the cliff; Tea Partiers hurl racial epithets at African-American representatives; and so on.  

    The fact that none of this is true is beside the point.  The intent is to create a social milieu in which it is impossible to defect to the opposition.  You would never vote for Hitler and can likewise never vote for Romney.

    This Potemkin morality began to dissipate last week.  Let’s hope the process continues tonight. · in 0 minutes

    When you have tried your domestic and foreign policies pretty much without significant obstruction, and the result is absolute failure that’s too obvious to hide, what else are you going to do?

  10. Pat in Obamaland

    They are in such an intellectual bubble that they really do believe Romney and Ryan are spouting lies. Unlike the right, the left can operate without having to grapple with the facts and biases of the other side. Many of the arguments Romney (and I assume Ryan) use are either rejected prima facie or have never been heard by our political counterparts.

    I take them at their word–they do think Romney and Ryan are lying, they just don’t know any better.

  11. Chris Johnson

    In the factual sense, Romney’s proposals are just sketchy enough to be painted as whatever may be suggested.  Romney has made clear, (correctly), that they would be subject to negotiation in a divided legislature.  True, if politically inconvenient.

    But that’s not the point.

    Indab…

    Where is the dignity of Biden and Obama? They are Racing to the bottom of the barrel. They are playing to the quick voter.”

    This election is walllowing into a base-turnout event for the left.  That is all they have.  To charge up their base and get them to the polls, the alternative to Obama must be a lying bunch of racist folks that want to push Grandma off the cliff.  This is their only answer to the enthusiasm gap that the folks on the left see looming.

    They will not moderate and propose corrective policy solutions.  They will push the pedal to the metal and go for broke.  I genuinely believe that many leftists see this as their last chance, outside of the courts and bureaucracies.

  12. Pilli

    The key phrase is “Disqualifying”.  Obama won office in Chicago by “disqualifying” his opponent.  He cannot win on merit so has to tar his opponents to such an extent that voters see them as “disqualified.”

    It’s Chicago thug politics as usual for him.

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