After a stunning display of world-class lying (fitting, as the debate subject was, after all, foreign policy), the president once again crossed the border into the pathological in Florida. With renewed declarations of Governor Romney “rewriting history” and hammering his recently-minted fling at Governor Romney, “Romnesia,” the president regaled the worshipful crowd: “We had a severe outbreak last night. It was at least stage three Romnesia. And I just want to go over with you some of the symptoms, Delray, because I want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it. If you say that you love American cars during a debate, but you wrote an article titled, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” you might have Romnesia. The crowd hung on every word and repeated the mantra.
“The Weekly Standard” points out the president’s analogy to stage-three cancer. What the president, or his fans, refuses to see is much more serious. It is the president, not Governor Romney or his supporters, that gives every indication of suffering from a psychological issue. The president appears to be a pathological liar.
The third debate was a perfect study. The president’s stunning mendacity, about absolutely everything, came fast and furious. The president interrupted Governor Romney constantly, attempting to shout him down. When Governor Romney, according to his plan didn’t descend into the depths of bad manners, the president called him a liar on everything from his position on the American auto industry to the president’s well-documented “apology tour” (“that just plain didn’t happen”).
There is an old saying “Just because a cat has kittens in your oven, doesn’t make ’em biscuits.” Too bad for the president that fact checkers exist; and they were on the case starting the daunting task of separating truth from fiction during the debate.
The president seems to be a great believer in his own press. As it happens, however, neither the press nor the president’s uncontrolled narcissism is of much use in this eleventh hour. Fact checkers began the dissection. The results? Every fact Governor Romney cited was recognized as true. The president’s statements? Quite the opposite.
The Dean of Conservative talk radio coined the phrase “Mittmentum” some time back. It has legs. It is also accurate. Governor Romney’s honesty is beyond dispute. He does not change his tone or message in order to curry favor with the crowd being addressed. He does not assume phony dialects. He does not retreat from the truths facing the nation or the need to reestablish the principles of our government, as founded. It doesn’t matter whether or not the message will curry favor with an audience. It only matters that the message, regardless of subject matter, is true and delivered accurately.
Governor Romney’s address to the NAACP some months ago is a perfect example. Despite the fact that this is a group considered to be a lock for the president, Governor Romney received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his talk. The president hadn’t bothered to address the NAACP in person. Perhaps he was too busy cultivating the staggering, black unemployment rate while he panders for their votes.
Governor Romney has, if anything, gained momentum among every segment of likely voters. Every segment but one — the president’s parishioners. Come November 6, we will all see whether Mittmentum or Romnesia rules the day.