Romney's presidential campaign could make Goebbels look pragmatically righteous. I mean that. It's not intended as mere hyperbole or just a trifle of partisan pushback. Because were Joe around to witness Mitt's extraordinary overreaches, he would likely think to himself: "Whoa, Mitt, you're taking the Big Lies too far and thus spoiling a great political tactic. Look, I, even I, required the basic reality of two fronts before I invented stories about those fronts. But Mitt, Mitt, mein Mensch, you're actually inventing the preconditions for the realities you choose to sell to the homevolk. And Mitt, given your patently laughable gibberish, before long the powerfully big Lie will be a spent advantage."
Need proof? Here's Mitt, in 2008:
If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won't go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.... With [the bailout], the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
And here's Mitt, yesterday, in Cleveland:
I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So, I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.
Not even a whisper of shame, or a knowing chuckle, or a wink. On an issue of immense importance, Romney simply presented pure fantasy as factual history. And one will not find, in American history, such an astonishing level of naked duplicity in any presidential campaign. One must go outside America's borders, go outside the American character, outside the American political experience, to find such abject squalidness.