Oh, I know there are those out there who object to my calling Mitt Romney a liar, a liar beyond the ordinary political variety.
But his perjurious pathology was on full display on Thursday, as he said the following, with out-of-business Solyndra as a backdrop:
Two years ago President Obama was here to tout this building and this business as a symbol of the success of his stimulus. Well you can see that it’s a symbol of something very different today.
It’s a symbol not of success but of failure. It’s also a symbol of a serious conflict of interest. An independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the administration had steered money to friends and family – to campaign contributors. This building, this half a billion dollar taxpayer investment, represents a serious conflict of interest on the part of the president and his team…Free enterprise to the president means taking money from the taxpayers and giving it freely to his friends.
Let’s be clear about what Romney is asserting by quoting him again:
An independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the administration had steered money to friends and family – to campaign contributors.
Go that? Obama allegedly gave, via his stimulus plan, taxpayer money to “friends and family,” so says “an independent inspector general.”
Except, of course, the assertion is blatantly false. It’s a lie. A real lie, different in kind from what we normally expect from candidates who spin facts to fit the narrative they are offering on any given day, at any given event.
Now, I only surveyed two sources—but I am sure there are more—that reported Romney’s remarks without any attempt to correct the record. ABC News and The Washington Post simply quoted Romney without noting what Time.com’s Michael Grunwald (who will soon release an entire book on the 2009 stimulus) did, commenting on an ad that is running and pushing the same lie:
I’ve spent two years in stimulus-world, and I had no idea an inspector general had said that. I asked the Romney campaign for documentation, and it produced a Newsweek article asserting that Energy Department inspector general Gregory Friedman “has testified that contracts have been steered to ‘friends and family.’”
Except that Newsweek article was an excerpt from the book “Throw Them All Out,” written by Peter Schweizer, a right-winger who has served as an adviser to Sarah Palin’s PAC, edited one of Andrew Breitbart’s websites, and written a slew of books portraying liberals as pond scum. Not exactly a disinterested source. And it turns out that the inspector general never testified that stimulus contracts were steered to friends and family. He said his office was investigating whether stimulus contracts were steered to friends and family. So far, it hasn’t confirmed that any were.
Let’s get this straight one more time: Romney accused President Obama of corruption, asserting as fact that an inspector general has determined he gave stimulus money to friends and family, and Romney’s source for that “fact” was a man who makes Rush Limbaugh look like Dennis Kucinich.
For fun, let’s turn Romney’s own technique against him.
A man with enough chops to make a religious documentary said Mitt Romney,
has the blood of a nomadic polygamist tribesman.
That same man suggested that Romney may have multiple wives, as many as five of ’em.
Based on that, Mr. Obama could but won’t stand in front of a Mormon church somewhere and make this short declaration:
Mitt Romney uses his fealty to this church you see behind me as a symbol of his uprightness. In fact, this church is a symbol of Mitt Romney’s lack of integrity. It’s also a symbol of a serious problem Romney has with one-man, one-woman matrimony. Like the Mormon church of old, Mitt Romney supports polygamy.
A religious expert looked at his life and concluded that Romney has five wives. When he tells us he believes in the sanctity of marriage, he doesn’t, unless you think it’s okay to pledge to be faithful to a whole basketball team of women.
Thank God that somewhere beyond all this nonsense about Solyndra happens to be a few, real, facts:
♦ The previous administration, uh, I think that was that Bush guy, started the government’s commitment to Solyndra.
♦ Even big-talking Darrell Issa has given up finding Obama corruption surrounding Solyndra.
♦ More than one Solyndra lobbyist is raising cash for Romney as we speak.
♦ And then there is this:
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has hammered President Obama for his administration’s tax-funded investment blunders — but when Romney was governor, the state handed out $4.5 million in loans to two firms run by his campaign donors that have since defaulted, leaving taxpayers holding the bag.