I’ve written before how Romney’s capacity for hypocrisy and etch-a-sketching has overloaded my brain’s capacity to be shocked by it. Each new attack, each new position change announced by the campaign is more ridiculous than the last until they all just kind of morph into a general sense of distaste for the guy.
It’s an interesting strategy. Here’s how it works: I’m just a casual blogger, obviously. I follow this stuff because I hate my brain and I write about it because my brain wants revenge. Trying to keep track of all the lies and policy gymnastics coming out of a campaign like Romney’s would be a full-time job, and even the folks who are actually doing this as their full-time jobs are getting tired of writing the same story over and over.
Yeah, okay, so the Romney campaign said something ridiculous and untrue. So what? By the time September rolls around the campaign will have overwhelmed all the actual journalists and basement bloggers with so many of these ridiculous statements that we will have stopped cataloging the mendacity. Then when Mr. and Mrs. Swingvoter who don’t pay attention until 2 weeks before election day decide to watch the news, stories about Romney’s casual disdain for facts or even statements made within the last 24 hours, will be considered cliched. Who’s this guy? Ooh, nice hair.
Anyway, the latest assault on my cerebral cortex is a statement by Romney spokesman Eric Ferhnstrom, He said… you know what, I can’t type it. My brain refuses. I’ll have to copy/paste instead:
“[Romney's] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. I know it infuriates them to hear that,” Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said.
“The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”
If this statement seems to be contradicting your recollection of actual events, get used to that feeling. No, don’t! Don’t get used to it. That’s what they’re counting on. Here’s what Mitt Romney said way back in February of this year (from the same link, with a link to the op-ed written by Romney):
In a February op-ed in The Detroit News, Romney called Obama’s auto bailout “crony capitalism on a grand scale.”
“The president tells us that without his intervention things in Detroit would be worse,” Romney wrote. “I believe that without his intervention things there would be better.”
Did you get all that? Obama totally screwed up by bailing out Detroit, but it was totally Romney’s idea and he deserves all the credit.
Again, like I said, it’s an interesting strategy. If you know you have a weakness (for example, the complete inability to say truthful things or maintain a consistent policy for two consecutive hours) then turn that weakness into weakness-ade. Overwhelm the people who are paying attention and hope that enough people will dismiss any accurate reporting of your misstatements as partisan hackery.
It could work.