Virtually zero. That's the chance of any American politician being any more recklessly deceitful than the downhome, aw-shucks Sen. Lindsey Graham, who, today on Fox News, piled in a mere two sentences one contemptible threat on top of three colossal lies:
We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling, we’re not going to let Obama borrow any more money or any American Congress borrow any more money until we fix this country from becoming Greece. And that requires significant entitlement reform to save Social Security and Medicare from bankruptcy.
Even microscopic congressional minds can fathom the difference between little old Greece and the world's largest economy with its own currency, yet the dire comparison is irresistible to Graham's demagogic, elephantine mouth. As for the federal government borrowing more money--as though such borrowing is conducted on some sort of big-spending liberal whim--someone should remind the SC senator that these are his past debts we're talking about, which, when incurred, most liberals protested against. Finally, on Social Security and Medicare's "bankruptcy," Graham is now up to three of the Washington Post's Pinocchios.
Why did I label the odds of outdoing Graham in deliberate deceit as "virtually" zero, rather than absolutely impossible? Because when it comes to spewing folksy, downhome, aw-shucks hogwash, Oklahoma's Sen. Tom Coburn is a fierce and determined competitor.