Michael Scherer at Swampland has a great post up about why it matters when candidates attempt to deceive us intentionally, echoing points I’ve made earlier this week about recent tactics by Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Scherer also takes a well-deserved shot at Romney, who despite his protests about John McCain distoring his record, is probably the poster child in this race for twisting past statements (usually his own) to deceive voters. Scherer writes:
This is why candidates who say things they know to be misleading should not be excused for just “playing politics.” What they are actually doing is much worse. They are hurting America. And we in the news media have a role to play here. We should be shaming them back towards honesty. It is nothing less than a patriotic duty.
This is why it is so upsetting when Mitt Romney stands up at a press conference, or at Tuesday’s debate, and claims he has virtually no ties to “Washington lobbyists.” … This is why it is so upsetting when Hillary Clinton chose to campaign before South Carolina’s primary by intentionally distorting the words and record of Barack Obama. … The same must be said for John “Straight-Talk” McCain, who at Tuesday night’s debate continued to peddle the canard that Romney had once supported a “timetable” for withdrawal from Iraq.