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Romney caught red-handed

One of the causalities of political discourse is the language itself. George Orwell said political language often attempts “to make lies sound truthful . . . and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.“ I would submit that this description fits Mitt Romney as well as any politician I have ever observed.

He truly is the Etch A Sketch man. A man who in 1994 promised to be more of an advocate for gay rights than Teddy Kennedy, morphed into a "seriously conservative" pro-life candidates for the Republican nomination, morphed in recent weeks into a moderate. Words fail in trying to describe the scope and cynicism of his shape-shifting. We have simply become numb to it; so many lies for so many years by so many, that outrage is hard to summon.

But every now and then I see a phrase that cuts through the clutter and reminds me that there are still words left to describe Romney’s ploy, words that almost catch him red-handed in his attempted heist of reality. They come from Gualberto Ranieri, whose name is pleasing to the ear. He is head of corporate communications at Chrysler and has slammed Romney for his brazenly false, outrageous . . . well, let Ranieri say it, for Romney’s “unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments" in a last-minute Ohio campaign ad claiming Jeep is moving production to China.

Thank you, Ranieri, I think you have helped reclaim the language of political outrage.


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