Mitt Romney has extraordinary trouble telling the truth, not just about policy positions and the positions of his opponents and empirical data, he even has trouble telling the truth about himself, even about really important things about himself, things that the press used to care about at least when the candidate in question was a Democrat.
A heated exchange took place during NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday when MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) of hypocrisy for railing against a spending bill in public while touting its benefits in his home district.
Appearing alongside each other during a panel session, Maddow pivoted from a discussion on job creation to note that Schock had appeared at an event on Friday touting a grant program that he had voted against.
“You, in your district, I just read that you were at a community college touting a $350,000 green technology education program, talking about how great that was going to be for your district,” she said. “You voted against the bill that created that grant. That’s happening a lot with Republicans sort of taking credit for things that Democratic bills do and then Republicans simultaneously touting their votes against them and trashing them. That, I think, is a problem that needs to be resolved within your caucus. Because you seem like a very nice person but that is a very hypocritical stance to take.”
They are not embarrassed. Charging them with hypocrisy, appealing to their better, more practical, more what’s-best-for-the-country patriotic angels is like trying to teach your dog to drive. It wastes a lot of time, it won’t work, and ultimately the dog comes out of the exercise less embarrassed for failing than you do for trying.
Rachel Maddow, speaking about Republicans in Congress. (via savagemike)
i don’t know what the right move is in afghanistan, and i know that this troop escalation is not a surprise or betrayal by obama. but this rachel maddow video explains what i find most troubling about all of this - the preservation of the ‘bush doctrine’ that argues that we must use military force not only when national security is threatened, but when it might be threatened.