I guess it should not surprise me any more. Politicians are well-known for lying, but mostly it’s half truths that can be easily excused or argued away. Little white lies that endear rather than embarrass.
Did it start with Clinton and Monica: the famous denials that led up to the acknowledgement and apologies after relentless hounding by like-minded senators? Or did it start farther back with Nixon and Watergate? Regardless, lies since Bill and Monica have gotten more brazen and more costly (think the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Yellowcake Uranium (and points East, west, south and north somewhat)).
Maybe the absurdly high number of republicans caught lying is because they are enjoying such a unique moment in the sun, what with the Tea Party coming to power and the early start to the republican nomination circus. Perhaps it was inevitable. Perhaps if the democrats had been the party out of power, they would have found ways to climb over the carcasses of failed candidates in an effort to reach the top like the Republicans have. Watching this pander-fest is interesting and disgusting at the same time – like vomiting in your mouth after eating an ice cream sandwich:
Jon Huntsman, Jr – This one is listed first, because he is the most disappointing. After appearing to be one of the saner (or least wacko – kind of like trying to be the fastest turtle) Republican candidates in the 2012 Presidential race, Huntsman seized an opportunity to pander by stating for the record that Scientists “owe us more in terms of a better description or explanation” on climate change before we decide whether climate change is real a scant few months after stating that he “trusts” scientists on Global Warming. More of the “We can’t trust scientists and the elite” argument. Pander much, Jon? Oh, that’s right, you are running for the Republican Nomination, so of course you do.
Herman Cain – “I did not have sex with that woman” (or was that Clinton?) It’s a good thing that the Democratic party has a lock on unfaithful politicians… And speaking of…
Newt Gingrich – Liar and complete and total waste of skin. Multiple philanderer, liar (I was just a well-paid historian for Freddie Mac), liar (Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with mortgage company Freddie Mac), hypocrite, and asshole.
Rick Perry – Liar.
Ron Paul – Truly a nutter, but the least offensive of the bunch. I refer you to the previously-used turtle analogy.
Mitt Romney – On which issues has he not pandered to the right and changed his stance? On nearly every important issue, including health care, the environment, and taxes. He’s truly a master of the lie.
Rick Santorum – ’nuff said.
I don’t think any of these candidates deserve to run for the highest office in the land. None of them are worthy to sit in the Oval Office, to entertain foreign dignitaries, or eat off of White House china. I certainly wouldn’t trust any of them to make the decision on whether to go to war and I especially don’t want them in proximity to the nuclear launch codes. Yes politicians lie, but this bunch make a habit of pandering while they lie, which amplifies the sin, showing how disingenuous and cynical they really are.