As noted by White House adviser Jim Messina in a letter to Obama supporters this morning, "He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin -- a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward."
We saw the blueprint for Ryan's fact-free presentation Tuesday night, when Sen. Rick Santorum, the failed GOP presidential candidate from Pennsylvania, falsely declared that Obama had abolished the work requirements for welfare.
He echoed a controversial ad the Romney campaign is running that aims to anger white working class voters in swing states by suggesting "welfare recipients" (GOP code for African-Americans) are getting free hand-outs from a black president in exchange for their votes. The spot has been denounced as a blatant lie by every independent fact checker.
To that, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”
Messina offers an explanation as to why the Romney campaign is making the truth irrelevant this fall:
"The fact that this speech, on this huge stage, is this blatantly false represents a huge bet by the Romney campaign -- they've decided that facts, truth and reality will not be a brake on their campaign message. And they just signaled to the extremist billionaires and corporate interests that support them that they should go ahead and spend their hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Barack Obama with whatever lies can work."
The lies tell us all we need to know about the kind of president Mitt Romney would be if he's elected.