Mitt Romney is a liar

January 8, 2008

That is what the Boston Phoenix says (Shameless). It was this alt-weekly that broke the story that Mitt Romney’s claim to have seen his father march with Martin Luther King Jr. was a lie.

The story spread like wildfire, forcing Romney to offer a humiliating dissertation on his interpretation of the word “saw.” CNN, the New York Times, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and the rest of the punditry pounced on the story, as did the blogosphere — from the left, right, and center of the ideological spectrum.

The reason the story made such waves, and the reason the Romney campaign fought so hard to stop it (even, knowing it was false, putting forward two “witnesses” to describe an easily disproven event), is that it confirms and epitomizes what everyone already knows about Romney.

Pundits and commentators describe this Romney trait as an “authenticity problem,” or “questions about his sincerity.”

With today’s instant news it’s very difficult for candidates to get away with saying whatever they like without someone – usually not the mainstream media – checking the facts. Romney got caught.

  • Philly January 8, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Hey, NOBODY claims to have marched with Jane Fonda!

  • ADI January 8, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Heck, everyone else has claimed to have had march with Martin why not Mitt Romney’s dad.

  • Anonymous January 8, 2008 at 10:11 am

    What? Romney Lies? Umm…as McCain pointed out – Mitt is the candidate of CHANGE!!

  • Harry January 8, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Chip, yes it is. I laughed myself silly yesterday listening to the Great Minds of Talk Radio bury Hillary because of the Iowa results, talk about living in denial! I would like to remind the loons who now claim the Rev Huckleberry Hound will win it all, that 4 years ago at this point Howard Dean was the front-runner and the pundits said he would win, hands down, no doubt about it! He had the mysterious INTERNET on his side!

    Hillary has a lock on the nomination along wih Guiliani on the other side. Obama is doing his job, firing up the masses and delivering a massive African-American vote to the dems. He will withdraw, throw his votes to Hillary and campaign for her tirelessly once she is the official nominee.

    As for The Rev Huckleberry, he is becoming a footnote as we speak. He’ll go back to Arkansas, sit on his front porch and tell lies about how the libs stole the presidency away from him, and his buddy Jesus.

  • chip chism January 8, 2008 at 8:55 am

    So is this where the republicans start saying “bu-bu-bu-but Clinton….?”

  • Joe January 8, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Hey, at least Romney’s memory is better than it was 30 years ago, when he bragged to an interviewer, “My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit.”