Lazy Media and the Romney Phoniness Fraud: One More Reason Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Brendan Nyhan attacks the claims that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a phony. Nyhan:

Mitt Romney, the leading Republican presidential contender in the Intrade futures market, is starting to be covered in a similar way. A Los Angeles Times profile on Saturday emphasized the supposed change in his attire in the headline and lede:

A whole new Romney for 2012 presidential run

The early Republican favorite is wearing Gap skinny jeans and going tieless on network TV. But despite his makeover, he still has a hard time connecting with voters.

Another story noted that he went to a state fair in jeans and then changed into a suit for a more formal meeting, which seems…sensible. Clearly, Romney is ‘inauthentic.’ Or something.

Here’s the problem with this kind of reporting: it obscures just how horrible Romney is. This is a man who:

•tried to eliminate all state funding for Meals on Wheels (a mostly volunteer organization that brings food to low income elderly shut-ins)
eliminated funding for a suicide teen hotline that was targeted at gay children
cut assistance for the mentally disabled
cut funding for HIV treatment and prevention
cut assistance for the homeless
cut emergency aid for the elderly
cut support for immunization
cut funding for residential special education
cut funding for state universities
cut funding for the preservation and upkeep of state parks and beaches
cut funding for economic grants to municipalities (jobs!)
cut funding for the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation
cut funding for domestic violence prevention programs
cut funding for sexual assault prevention programs, including the Sex Abuse Intervention network, and support for local police programs
he is an extremist when it comes to opposing reproductive rights

This, believe it or not, isn’t the full list. And he did this to establish his bona fides with the theopolitical right and to claim he cut taxes. He didn’t need to make those tax cuts to balance the budget. But we all know ‘sexual assault’ and ‘elderly hunger’ are just liberal myths. Or something.

And let’s leave aside adopting the conservative Heritage Foundation’s healthcare plan when Massachusetts was trying to pass healthcare reform, thereby eliminating any hope of cost controls (Got fiscal responsibility?). Or that job creation and wage growth sucked under his administration.

Romney isn’t a ‘flip-flopper.’ He is genuinely and authentically a dreadful person who will destroy the lives of the vulnerable and needy for political gain.

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3 Responses to Lazy Media and the Romney Phoniness Fraud: One More Reason Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

  1. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    He is genuinely and authentically a dreadful person who will destroy the lives of the vulnerable and needy for political gain.

    OK. So how does he compare to the rest of the GOP field?

  2. Nomen Nescio says:

    or, for that matter, to the democratic field? wrecking the lives of the politically powerless for personal gain is a bipartisan endeavor, after all. that’s going to happen no matter who ends up in power, because they’re all of them that kind of rat bastards.

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