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When all else fails, call Romney a liar

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David Cohen
Former Deputy Assistant Sec. of the Interior

The Obama campaign really, really wants you to believe that Mitt Romney is a liar. In fact, they’ll say anything to make you believe it — even things that, well, aren’t true.

Why is Team Obama pushing this “Romney is a liar” narrative with such desperation? The most obvious reason: they need to stop the bleeding from Obama’s dismal performance in the first presidential debate. “Romney is a liar” is thus the latest in a long line of excuses that Obama supporters have thrown against the wall to explain the GOP nominee’s dominating performance.

Former Vice President Al Gore, whose instinct is always to try too hard, offered one of the more creative excuses. He prefaced it by warning: “I’m gonna say something controversial here,” “controversial” in this case meaning “stupid.” Gore then went on to suggest that Obama was debilitated by Denver’s high altitude.

Believe it or not, few people bought the altitude excuse. Hence Team Obama was forced to concoct yet another excuse, and they’ve settled with a vengeance on “Romney is a liar.”

There are other reasons that Obama is so intent on portraying Romney as a liar. It’s a tactic straight out of the playbook of Saul Alinsky, the radical father of community organizing who has been Obama’s guiding light. Rule 5 of Alinsky’s seminal work, Rules for Radicals, instructs leftists to ridicule their political opponents: “‘Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.’ There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.” And then there’s Rule 12: “‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.’ Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.”

This explains why leftists engage in incessant name-calling and personal attacks, even though such attacks are, in Alinsky’s own words, “irrational.” “Liar” is the new “racist,” an all-purpose epithet that, at least in the mind of the leftist, trumps any logical argument. (Not that “racist” has been retired.) Calling Romney a liar is a classic radical attack, both irrational and personal.

If you haven’t noticed, leftists are very quick to call people “liars.” They won’t just say it, they’ll shriek it hysterically, over and over again; they seem to think that hysterical shrieking and mindless repetition proves their sincerity. They quote studies from liberal think tanks (or, as liberals call them, “independent experts”) as if they were scripture, and call you a “liar” if you try to present contrary evidence. Thus, Mitt Romney is a “liar” for refusing to confess that his tax reform plan will result in a middle class tax hike. You see, a study by the “independent experts” at the liberal Tax Policy Center initially concluded that Romney’s proposed tax cuts (20% for all taxpayers, not just the rich) could not be fully offset by eliminating tax deductions for the wealthy. As the Obama campaign chose to interpret the report, Romney would have to make up for the supposed shortfall by raising taxes on the middle class — even though he has pledged not to do that. That interpretation is wrong, even according to the authors of the study. Refusing to be hindered by the truth and other niceties, the Obama campaign released an ad charging that Romney planned to “raise taxes on middle class families by up to $2,000 a year.”