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Truth squads

October 12, 2012 - Harry Eagar
At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, I'm going to restate the obvious: This has been the most entertaining political campaign since 1968. And it's getting better all the time.

Setting aside the always laughable racist lunatic Ron Paul (because none of his supporters are old enough to vote), I think most people would have picked Michelle Bachmann as the most entertaining candidate, and she's still at it even though she's out of it (in both senses of that phrase): Follow link for an example that even some Republicans found bizarre.

But move over, Michelle. A new top dog is in town, and his name is Mitt. Never in my most imaginative speculations would I have proposed that the Republicans would have to follow Romney around with a "truth squad." But they have had to.

In Des Moines (graveyard of rightwing nuts -- it's the place where Lindbergh made his antisemitic speech and started the downfall of the America First movement), Romney made a statement about abortion policy that was insuppportable to even his party. The Des Moines Register (a paper I worked at once, long ago) gave the most Mitt-friendly spin to his statement, but the fact remains that the party had to disavow it.

And that wasn't the only time.


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