Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Biden's Relationship to the Truth

Jonah Goldberg goes through the list of stuff Joe Biden got wrong during the debate.

It's pretty long.

Spencerblog's favorite is Biden's mention Katie's restaurant in Wilmington where he meets ordinary folks who tell him about their day to day troubles. Katie's restaurant has been closed for more than 20 years.

As you go through the list you realize Biden makes stuff up so effortlessly, so happily and so shamelessly, that if someone termed him a "congenital liar," you'd have to shrug and say "you've got a point." It's not like he doesn't have a history of saying stuff that simply isn't true.

Of course, it was William Safire who famously tagged Hillary Clinton with that memorable appellation. Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, once observed that her husband Bill, is "an unusually good liar. Unusually good." Apparently, many Americans have a very high tolerance for being lied to by some people. Bill Clinton's approval rating was near 60 percent when he left office.

Biden is supposed to be the voice of Washington D.C. experience for the Obama campaign. The one thing he has learned in his 40 years in Washington is that lying to the public and even being caught doing it isn't necessarily a career-ending act.

The important thing is to sound like you know what you're talking about, having your facts straight is far less important.

In Hollywood they say "Sincerity is the most important thing. And when you can learn to fake that, you've got it made."

Washington too.


Anonymous randal said...

many Americans have a very high tolerance for being lied to by some people.

So true. The Obamites are so cult-like, so emotionally invested in their "change" candidate that they refuse even consider all the many very concerning questions and contradictions about him.

Biden is just an old school liar politician. Not much "change-y" about that.

October 7, 2008 at 11:24 AM 

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