Wall Street Journal: To Use The Word ‘Liar Is To Kill Six Million Jews

by Jesse Taylor

best hitler gets a gold star!

Mitt Romney stated things during the debate last week that were often in direct contravention of both reality and things he had previously stated. If you’re wondering why I don’t use the L-word (“liar,” not “lesbian”), it’s because, as Daniel Henninger states at the Wall Street Journal today, “liar” is the linguistic harbinger of fascism.

“Liar” is a potent and ugly word with a sleazy political pedigree. But “liar” is not being deployed only by party attack dogs or the Daily Kos comment queue. Mitt Romney is being called a “liar” by officials at the top of the Obama re-election campaign.

That’s shameful! What are they doing?

Politics isn’t beanbag, but politicians past had all sorts of devices to say or suggest an opponent was playing fast and loose with the truth. This week’s Obama TV ad, “How Can We Trust Mitt Romney?” would have been perfectly legit absent the Plouffe “liar” prepping.

So, the problem isn’t saying that someone is an untruthful, anti-American piece of festering shit, just don’t call them a liar. But why?

The Obama campaign’s resurrection of “liar” as a political tool is odious because it has such a repellent pedigree. It dates to the sleazy world of fascist and totalitarian propaganda in the 1930s. It was part of the milieu of stooges, show trials and dupes. These were people willing to say anything to defeat their opposition. Denouncing people as liars was at the center of it. The idea was never to elevate political debate but to debauch it.

The purpose of calling someone a liar then was not merely to refute their ideas or arguments. It was to nullify them, to eliminate them from participation in politics.

Oh. I always thought that the milieu of fascist and totalitarian propaganda was the serial scapegoating of disfavored “others” by lying about the role they played in economic, social and cultural misfortune, then using those lies to promote violent oppression and murder. Or wait, no, that was the Obama GOTV I did last weekend. The Nazis just wandered around Poland calling Jews liars and then putting up YouTube ads.

For something so terrible, so verboten, surely nobody at the Wall Street Journal has ever called anyone a liar? Surely not James Taranto, a month ago?

OK, Clinton lied (or “misled people”) about Monica Lewinsky. Let’s even stipulate for the sake of argument that he’s a liar.

THIS IS KRISTALLNACHT ALL OVER AGAIN.

Okay, well, maybe that was a one-time thing that slipped by the WSJ’s many, many fascism watchers? Let’s see:

And his lying was entirely in character. Many politicians lie, but few match Bill Clinton (though Al Gore seems to be giving it the old college try) in the frequency or audacity of his lies. He is truly a master of prevarication — an “unusually good” liar, as Democratic Sen. Bob Kerry famously put it.

Even as a young man, Mr. Clinton was able to lie his way out of military service and then lie his way out of paying a political price for this in the conservative state of Arkansas. But even “good” liars sometimes get caught.

Serious question: is the Wall Street Journal the Fourth Reich? It’s a question that must be asked, for the sake of the republic.

Okay, well, at least Mitt Romney never-

New Romney TV Ad Accuses Obama of Lying

I hope you have an attic to hide in. The jackboots are clip-clopping outside your door. Honestly.

[Wall Street Journal]

 

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{ 183 comments }

James Michael Curley October 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

Mitt told me he would love me for ever and disappeared the next morning. He Lied!

memzilla October 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

No tip, but he left you the Magical Underpants though, right?

James Michael Curley October 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

Ai ahrn't doin' 'is laundry, mate.

fatbob54 October 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I'm guessing all Mitt has is a tip.

fatbob54 October 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

So all it took was buttsex with Mitt and he's gone? Thank you for taking one for the team.

BaldarTFlagass October 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

I wonder if someone will use that Three Dog Night "Liar" song without permission. Which campaign would do that?

James Michael Curley October 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

That's Two Dog Night. The third is still on the top of the car.

actor212 October 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

Randi Rhoads?

No, wait, that was Franken.

fuflans October 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

sex pistols.

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I'd be surprised if either of them would.
It's not a very good song, is what I mean.

nounverb911 October 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

When was the last time Murdoch told the truth?

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

When it was profitable.

coolhandnuke October 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

Needz moar Jon Lovitz, Joseph Goebbels and Joe Wilson.

no_gravity October 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

Way to Godwin up a Godwinned article.

mrpuma2u October 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

My, uh, dog ate the tax returns, yeah, that's the ticket.

Lascauxcaveman October 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

"Yeah, well both parties do it."

[/ducks]

Chow Yun Flat October 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

Would mendacious motherfucker work?

BadKitty904 October 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

It sure gets *my* vote!

Esteev October 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Needs moar alliteration.

coolhandnuke October 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Poopspewing pathological prevaricator?

BaldarTFlagass October 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

Lies, dripping off your mouth like dirt
Lies, lies in every step you walk
Lies, whispered sweetly in my ear
Lies, how do I get out of here?
Why, why you have to be so cruel?
Lies, lies, lies I ain't such a fool!

Lies, lies in my papa's looks
Lies, lies in my history books
Lies, lies like they teach in class
Lies, lies, lies I catch on way too fast
Fire, fire upon your wicked tongue
Lies, lies, lies you're trying to spoil my fun

Lies, lies you dirty jezebel
Why, why, why, why don't you go to hell?
Why, why you think me such a fool?
Lies, lies, lies honey that's ya rules!

Thanks, Glimmer Twins!

PubOption October 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

Waiting for comment from Joe Wilson.

Boojum October 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

He gave at the office.

actor212 October 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

LIAR!

Oops.

Esteev October 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

stalin212!!!

actor212 October 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

Damn bullshitviks!

no_gravity October 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

How about any of these:
cheat, con artist, deceiver, deluder, dissimulator, equivocator, fabler, fabricator, fabulist, false witness, falsifier, fibber, maligner, misleader, perjurer, phony, prevaricator, promoter, republican, romney, storyteller, trickster.

memzilla October 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Damn libtard thesaurian!

eggsacklywright October 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

Thesaurus roamed the earf 5000 years ago.

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Ryanator?

Chow Yun Flat October 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

Or to cut through the underbrush:

romney, romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney romney
romney, romney romney

etc.

AbandonHope_ October 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

"My dog ate my homework! I swear to God! I'm not romneying!"

Toomush_Infer October 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

That's romneyer, or (alt.) ryaner….

barto October 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I prefer W's "disassembler", works on many levels!

hagajim October 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

You know, I told my mistress that I loved her and would be leaving my wife just last week, and she had the balls to call me a Romney right to my face.

MegPasadena October 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Charlatan, snake oil salesman and truth bender.

SorosBot October 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

That's funny, I thought the purpose of calling someone a liar was to point out that things that they had said were, you know, not true; or in other words, lies.

nounverb911 October 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

That's the Democratic definition.

MissTaken October 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Fascist!

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

There you are! Missed you guys.

Esteev October 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

HitlerBot!

actor212 October 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

Pol Bot!

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

Ron Paul Pot!

actor212 October 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

Oh, NICEly played, sir!

*polite golf clap*

Martini?

eggsacklywright October 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

Hey, whats with all the Hitler-bashing?

Esteev October 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

If ya wanna make an omelet, you gotta break a few truths.

sullivanst October 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Well, not just saying things that are untrue, but knowingly saying things that are untrue.

Like for example, saying you'd slash all discretionary non-defense spending by 5% across the board on day one, and then denying you'd reduce education funding. Or promising to drive through legislation defunding Planned Parenthood specifically because they provide abortion services that are not funded in any way by government monies, and then denying that your policy agenda includes anything abortion-related. Or repeatedly claiming that five or six studies support your tax plan even though three of the initial five weren't even studies (two were WSJ op-eds by campaign advisors) and none of them lend support to his tax plan as we now know it to be.

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

If we're going to include WSJ op-Ed writers, we may have to expand the definition of "liar."

sullivanst October 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I think we'll get 'em all with my definition, but we might need a bigger boat.

ETA: although, you might have a point in that most of them seem not in the slightest to know what they're saying most of the time.

MaxUdargo October 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Yeah, I think he might be factually mistaken in his assertion that calling somebody a liar "dates to the sleazy world of fascist and totalitarian propaganda in the 1930s." I'm thinking it dates back a little further than that.

WhatTheHolyHeck October 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Thou shalt not bear false witness was actually a reference to bootleg Harrison Ford DVDs.

memzilla October 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

[It was part of the milieu of] stooges, show trials and dupes.

Best description of GW Shrub Administration EVAH !!!1!!!

BaldarTFlagass October 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Nyuk nyuk nyuk.

BadKitty904 October 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

Truly. Team Chimpy and the GOP – the same folks who brought us rigged elections, warrantless searches, torture, detention without trial, and smearing of critics as traitors.

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

Let's look at Hopey's record in this regard. Pretty sure the warrantless searches are still going on, and Gitmo's still open for business (although Barry tried to close it, even if not very hard). Torture's "officially" over, and the Dems don't call their opponents traitors. So far so good. The death-from-above drone kills won't garner him another trip to Stockholm, though.

eggsacklywright October 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

NDAA uber alles. Republicans at your cervix.

starfanglednut October 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Iggy Pop libel!

SorosBot October 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

Really, Nazis again? Even the most basic statements, like pointing out that Romney is a lying liar who lies, is somehow being just like Hitler. With the Wall Street Journal, I guess you always go full Godwin.

AbandonHope_ October 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm

At the same time, this jibes really well with the observation that whatever Republicans accuse you of doing/being is what they are themselves. It's the most uncanny case of mass projection I've ever seen.

weejee October 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

That oped in the Wall Street Urinal is really a pisser.

eggsacklywright October 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

In Seattle in the 80's there was a very short-lived newspaper by that name.

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Whose–Paranoid Jack's?

BaldarTFlagass October 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

If "Guy's a liar" is now beyond the pale, how about "Guy's full of shit?"

GregComlish October 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

In all sincerity, this would probably go over much better with the pundit class. Not only would Obama avoid the touchy word "liar" but he would probably get credit for being "folksy".

EatsBabyDingos October 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

The Mitt Street Journal hates liars, but that is like the pot calling the homegrown "Dave."

BadKitty904 October 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

Amen. Hearing Wall Street whine about the use of the word "liar" is unusually surreal, even for *this* campaign…

GunToting[Redacted] October 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Dave's not here.

fatbob54 October 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

No man, it's dave!

GunToting[Redacted] October 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Dave's not HERE.

Esteev October 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

….people willing to say anything to defeat their opposition.

Does he mean like lying?

BadKitty904 October 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

But I have it on good authority that there ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes…

helefink October 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Needs moar Henry Rollins dressed like a nun.

FakaktaSouth October 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Good god could another terrible thing please hurry up and happen? I am bored of everything being a 9-11-slash-holocaust. We need a new tragedy metaphor for these trite assholes.

MissTaken October 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

I had a hangnail yesterday, is that tragic enough?

FakaktaSouth October 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

Hmmm. "Ow, my hangnail makes it hard to suck things like an ice-cream coan." Yes, that works for me better'n this.

eggsacklywright October 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

Ice-cream koan? Wow.

FakaktaSouth October 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

No, ice-cream-Coan. I learnt all about it from the Miss here.

SorosBot October 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

I keep having to sleep on a thin strip on the side of the bed because someone keeps moving to the middle and taking up 2/3 of the bed. That's a real tragedy.

actor212 October 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

Yes, because having an entire fucking king sized bed to yourself is such a joy….

SorosBot October 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

And everyone who negotiates (or just advocates negotiating) with a foreign leader the right doesn't like is Neville Chamberlain at Munich.

Toomush_Infer October 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

This is because of the unerring American disposition for war talk ( I got that from Rachel Maddow's Drift)…(snark back on)…

eggsacklywright October 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

War talk? I prefer Bartok.

TavariousChinaSmith October 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Lies (and the lying liars who tell them) by Senator Al Franken is like the Mein Kampf of liberalism.

WhatTheHolyHeck October 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

His scrawled "What a dick!" over a GOP-skewed GDP graph is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

Goonemeritus October 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Not calling Mitt a liar takes way to many linguistic acrobatics. I’m sure F. Scott Fitzgerald could characterize his performance in less directed words but for me I’m sticking with Liar.

sullivanst October 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Mendacious, disseminator, untruthful, distortion artist; after that I'd have to go in search of thesaurus.com

ETA: "not leader, a misleader" would be a nice line to use.

BlueStateLibel October 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

Bill Clinton didn't "lie his way out of military service," he was an objector against the war. Willard on the other hand, thought it was just fine that others fight in Vietnam for him while he took off for the perils of France.

SorosBot October 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

Well trying to convince the French to give up wine, cigarettes and coffee is very perilous.

GregComlish October 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

not to mention fucking

Not_Mother October 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

With all of that foie gras and Roquefort, and without the ameliorating effects of red wine, he did risk high cholesterol and gout.

BadKitty904 October 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Not to mention the Beret Threat…

zumpie October 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

But why didn't Obama serve in Nam, hmmmmm????

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Wait a minute…guys who went to jail or Canada or got truly religious-based conscientious objector status (like Quakers) "objected" to the war. But when he came to the confidence course of military service, Bill took the pussy path around it. I love him as much as anybody, but he weaseled out of conscription when others opposed it honorably.

BlueStateLibel October 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

It was my understanding he objected to the war. Chickenhawks like Dubya, Cheney and Willard on the other hand were all for it, as long as it was other people fighting it, so that's the difference I see.

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

All true. Guess I just like to stickle.

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hee hee hee
Quit it!
Hee hee!

Gleem McShineys October 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Lot_49's resurrection of “stickle” as a political tool is odious because it has such a repellent pedigree. It dates to the sleazy world of fascist and totalitarian propaganda in the post just above.

weejee October 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

At their next debate, right after Mittenz completes his closing statement, Bamz needs to dash over and hose-down Willard's flaming britches with a soda-acid fire extinguisher.

Boojum October 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

I think "pathological serial prevaricator" might be better, so I'm willing to change it up some.

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I suppose we could start calling him "factually challenged", but that might be a bit too PC for that side, don't'cha think?

Schmannnity October 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

There might be something to this. Just replace "Jew" in any anti-semitic rant with "Liar" and it seems to be happening all over. Liars control world finance. Liars control the media. Etc.

BadKitty904 October 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

The Protocols of the Elders of Lyin'. Hmmm…

mrpuma2u October 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

Let me see if I have this straight. Calling Willard Romney (who lied) a liar, is like sucking Hitler's dick? Got it. Good to know.

ElPinche October 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hitler's dick with shit on it, to be precise!

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Today we are all Eva Braun.

Pragmatist2 October 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

Simple solution – Instead of "liar" call him "pedophile"
Is that better?

Toomush_Infer October 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Yeah, because it's his sons that lie….

weejee October 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Well Willard is showing as much remorse over his lies as Jerry Sandusky has shown concerning his buggering.

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Or "spawn of polygamists"?

Oblios_Cap October 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

I'm always amazed how some people appear to believe that all previous American political campaigns have always involved the highest sportsmanship and civil discourse. In reality, that would be the exception, rather than the rule, all the way back to the founding of the Republic.

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

The same is true of our Vaunted Impartial, Ethical Journalistic Golden Age, which did not seem to exist until people started handing out journalism degrees.

Damn it, even with that jerkface on it, I burn for buttery, golden toast!!

BaldarTFlagass October 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

The zoo has mountain lion, the Republican Party has a Lyin' Moron.

Dang, I wished that flowed a little better.

Toomush_Infer October 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Try drinking earlier in the day – it loosens up the pipes…

freakishlywrong October 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

How about we have a Simpson's style shocker/buzzer every time one of these fuckers lie. Dr. Marvin Monroe can design it.

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Modify it so that it also shocks Mitt when he runs overtime, and you're on.

MistaEko October 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

The Obama campaign’s resurrection of “liar” as a political tool is odious because it has such a repellent pedigree.

i.e., we don't like it because it's working.

BoroPrimorac October 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

We don't like it because all the shit Mitt lied about during the debate is coming home to roost.

MacRaith October 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

Ahem.

"You lie!"

I rest my case.

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Nailed it!

Roy Hobbson October 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

Quit calling people liars, FAUXBAMA! That is gutter politics, and besides, you weren't even born here.

prommie October 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

My head is fucking spinning and I cannot think straight at all. And then, because this is a pre-existing condition, I have to read this shit which ups the head-spinning ante. I am snarkless here, on this right hear. Is this a reverse Godwin's Law callout fake spin move? Mau-mauing the flack-catchers? Pre-emptive Godwinning? I am not going to sit here and listen to someone badmouth the United States of America! That alien kenyan socialist anti-colonialist who lacks the background to understand the special anglo-saxon-ness of Amurrica has the gall to call me an "other?" That black Kenyan socialist Nazi! Aaarrrggghhhhhh! I can't wwait till tomorrow, this shit won't be able to get at me then.

coolhandnuke October 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

The check's in the mail.
I'll pull it out.
Just two beers officer.
I read the Wall Street Journal.
Romney is human.

oenspiek October 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

'Liar' is a vile, obscene, four-letter word! Of course, that only applies if someone uses the term on an 'R'.

Chow Yun Flat October 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

The shortest distance between pointing out that someone is lying and being labelled a Nazi is the WSJ editorial page.

upthruster October 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Okay, instead of calling someone a 'liar', how 'bout we call them a 'buyer'. That's someone who pays someone else to tell everyone something over and over until people believe it, even if it's false.

Willard M. Romney-BUYER
George W. Bush- BUYER
Richard Cheney – BUYER
William J. Clinton-BUYER
Rupert Murdock- BUYER
Jerry Falwell-BOUGHT IT
Pat Robertson- BUYER
Michele Bachmann-BUYER
Richard Nixon- BOUGHT IT

no_gravity October 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

o/t – Why did Wonkette stop tweeting when new articles appear?

actor212 October 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

My goodness, you're right. I know I saw a few yesterday, so maybe it's a server thing?

no_gravity October 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Trix tweeted that tech support fixed the twitter button yesterday and proceeded to totally fubar it up.

GunToting[Redacted] October 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I got all of them about an hour ago. AOTK.

deanbooth October 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

To be a liar is to know the truth and speak the opposite. A bullshitter, on the other hand, doesn't give a damn what the truth is and just says what's expedient. The Republicans are not liars; they're bullshitters.

fatbob54 October 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

In all fairness, couldn't they be lying bullshitters, or bullshitting liars?

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

That cartoon of Axelrod is very unflattering.

Oblios_Cap October 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

It does look like that little shitweasel, doesn't it?

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

"Shitweasel" is a fine way of thanking him for his service!! Bad as things are, would you really want to live in the alternate universe where Obama didn't get elected?!

AbandonHope_ October 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Oh God. A world where we've all been conscripted to fight in McCain's Wars Against Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Terror, Islam, Gays, And Countries And Concepts To Be Named Later.

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

"McCain"?
Grandpa McCain would have, er-uh… "died in his sleep"… a month after taking office, and we'd right now all be looking at…
I can't bring myself to type the words, even in jest.

Biff October 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!11!

zumpie October 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

So I has confused: Mittens called the Prez a liar to his face several times in the debate. And has Label currently talking about the Prez is a liar on the camapign trail. This is totes cool. But fact checking Romney (and calling him on it or even asking him about it) is teh evil.

Also too, BONUS!!! Which is the moar terrible: Calling someone who has clearly lied a liar, suppressing someone's "free speech" by laughing at them when they say stupid shit or living in Paris in the 1960's so others can fight the war you claimto support by are dodging?

fuflans October 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

i would mention jon lovitz here but i think he's wingtarded out.

course, i guess that works too.

Blueb4sinrise October 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Hennnnnnnngggggggggghhhhhhhinger sez :

"To my knowledge, Mr. Krugman is the only columnist writing for a major publication in U.S. journalism who has so routinely and repetitively accused people of being liars. "

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We know!!!!

Crank_Tango October 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

OK, what the fuck is beanbag? It's one of those things said by assholes who also refer to "having some skin in the game."

It's a gay sex thing, isn't it?

BadKitty904 October 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

No. No, it's not.

Crank_Tango October 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Apparently "bean bag tag" is, according to http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Be

but that site is usually total nonsense.

BadKitty904 October 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Who knew? And my membership in the International Gay Conspiracy is all paid up and everything!

actor212 October 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Think horseshoes, only instead of heavy metal objects flinging through the air, little pouches of PVC pellets or dried beans and instead of a manly rigid pole to ring them around, a piece of plywood with holes drilled into it.

Crank_Tango October 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Ah yeah, like Toss Across, but not so complicated. Politics IS more butch than that, this guy is right.

GunToting[Redacted] October 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Isn't that game called "cornhole?"

This suddenly makes more sense.

StillGoinGreen October 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I loved this piece by Daniel Henninger. I found it unbiased and insightful, not to mention tastefully provocative…

Oops, sorry – I LIED!!!

mbobier October 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hmmmmm….. Obama is leading in the real polls, and he's gaining ground by calling out Mittens' lies, so the wingnuts are trying to declare the word "liar" off-limits — just as, now that we have a black President, it's off-limits to point out the racist things that people say and do and call them racist, because it isn't the actual racist stuff that's racist — it's CALLING it racist that's racist. Obviously. Got it!

I'm thinking the President should walk out on the stage at the next debate, punch Mittens in his smirking face (with votes!!!), and say, "That's for all the lies you told at the first debate, you lying liar from Lieville. Now — wanna lie to me some more?"

Toomush_Infer October 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Still Rovian rule #1: if you''re doing it, accuse your opponent of it…

BaldarTFlagass October 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Maybe they can get Al Franken to write a book about Liars. Oh wait!

fuflans October 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

i believe it is actually the bible that talks about power in naming things (well, and jk rowling).

so fuck you WSJ. mitt romney's entire campaign has been one big lie and that is not way to choose a president.

mille derps October 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Clearly Obama's fault- he made poor Joe Wilson (R- Victimhood) resurrect the whole liar thing.

UW8316154 October 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Admit nothing. Deny everything. Make counter-accusations.

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Shorter Mitt: "As you all know, I lied my ass off during the first debate and got away with it, so now I think lying my ass off and getting away with it is my rightful due. So please stop calling me on my shit, mmmmkay?"

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

"Mr. President, you're a lying boy, like my shiftless kids. You get a plane but not your own facts, Son!" really lifts up our discourse, though.

imissopus October 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

And having one of said shiftless kids refer to the president as "an obstinate child?" Totally dignified.

BoroPrimorac October 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I thought it was Egg who went on Fox and said Obama was kicking and screaming like a child.

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

EVERYBODY's HItler!
Wheeeee!
*throws fake mustaches to crowd*
*cues music*
*dances*

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

"Everybody's Hitler!" You know, that could be a very popular children's book! Wonkette has helpfully provided an example of the drawing style.

TheGyrus October 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Its not "The Wall Street Journal", its "Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal". To call it the other thing is like referring to "Believe It or Not" without the preceding "Ripley's."

James Michael Curley October 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Or "Ripley's tight white bikini briefs."

bobbert October 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Oooh. Thanks for that reminder.

DahBoner October 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

WSJ: Mitt Romney is a Good Liar.

We ain't caught him. Yet. Maybe.

LOOK OVER THERE!!! BILL CLINTON!! MONICA!! AL GORE INTERNET!!

ttommyunger October 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Actually LYING, however, is OK, right?

iburl October 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Accusing Romney of lying is an assault against his religious freedom. For shame.

TootsStansbury October 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Unfuckingbelievable.

CommieLibunatic October 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

It's still early in the day, Wonkette. Can we talk about the other L-word for a change?

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

"LIAR! LIAR!! LIAR!!"
"Settle down, Beavis!"

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Because it's not like the Republicans have repeatedly referred to President Obama as a "Lyin' African", or anything.
Oh, wait…

chascates October 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Political correctness hits the WSJ.

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

"It takes two to lie: One to lie and one to listen." — Homer Simpson

tessiee October 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

[folksy]
Now I'm just a simple Jersey girl, and I ain't no expert on the politics…
[adjusts suspenders]
But it does seem to me that if you don't want people labeling you a "goat fucker", you probably shouldn't fuck goats in public, get *caught* fucking goats in public, and have fact checkers on both sides *prove* that you make a constant habit of fucking goats in public.
[spits]
Leastaways, that's what we used to say 'round the pizzeria.

Limeylizzie October 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

It's not often that I read a Wonkette piece and say to myself "Wow, that is a pretty terrific piece of writing ", but I did just now. Hmmm. Well done Wonkette, I guess?

BoroPrimorac October 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

It's cute that this douche bag thinks Mitt didn't lie.

hagajim October 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I think Barry Bammz oughtta just stone cold ask Mitt why his majik undies aren't on fire in the next debate, because you know – liar, liar pants on fire.

fatbob54 October 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Maybe the WSJ should have a little talk with their News Corp sister Fox News about lying :http://www.relfe.com/media_can_legally_lie.html

thefrontpage October 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Mitt Romney is a liar.

Paul Ryan is a liar.

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Harriet Miers, Andrew Card, Dana Perino, Alberto Gonzales, John Bolton, Karl Rove, Ari Fleischer–they are all liars.

Limbaugh, Drudge, Hannity, O'Reilly, Tucker, Malkin, Coulter, Shaughnessy, Briethbart, Jackson, Norris, Nugent, Heaton, Kid Rock, the guys on WMAL, the entire Fox News staff–they are all liars.

Troglodeity October 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Democrats calling Republicans on their lies: Holocaust.

Republicans shouting "You Lie!" at the President during his State of the Union speech, or claiming that global warming scientists are spreading "lies from the pit of Hell": Freedom!

Thanks for making that clear, WSJ. Sometimes we forget.

reliefsinn October 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

The Onion weighs in, and once again, hits it out of the park: http://www.theonion.com/articles/romney-proudly-e

Chet Kincaid_ October 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Ice Cream Cohen's Deli & Sweets? This is the first business plan that's makin' sense to me!

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Seems like you're being awfully persnickety about this.

Lot_49 October 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

You know you love being stickled"

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