Why exactly should the GOP “Stop Lying About Obama’s Economy” or about anything else? Sure it’s destructive and immoral and maddening, but that’s the plan, right? Just keep right on lying, setting fires and denying facts…until they break the place beyond our ability to fix…and then feast on the misery and rubble.So in what way, specifically, Daniel, has continuously lying about, well, everything been an unsuccessful strategy for them?Because even a nobody blogger like me can see hella plenty downsides that would come crashing down on the head of anyone inside the 2015 GOP who dares to honestly confront the thoroughly unpleasant verities underpinning their party and movement, but what are the upsides?
We keep wanting them to play by the rules.
We keep wanting the modern Republican Party to play by the rules of the politics of 30 years ago, or even 20 years ago. When people would say something, if you lied, and there wasn’t a 24-hour news network dedicated to propping you up afterwards and mopping your fevered brow.
We keep wanting them to play by the rules because if they play by the rules we can play by the rules, and everybody knows what to do, and nobody has to be mean or rude or make anybody uncomfortable or raise a voice in any way.
We keep wanting them to play by the rules because if the rules hold the world up, then we understand our place in it and we don’t have to think that hard. We don’t have to sort out truth from fiction and we don’t have to fight so hard just to keep our footing.
And the thing is, they fucking know that and they’re playing us, and the journalists who pretend that isn’t the case are either too stupid to figure it out, or too desperately lazy to do the necessary work to be alive in this moment, and I don’t really care which it is. Knock it the fuck off either way, we have work to do here.