Yes, Mitt, they are.
As you know, Mitt got caught lying about being a “lifelong hunter” and winning the NRA’s endorsement. However, for those of you who are just following the gun news, there are a few new nuggets to add to his collection of stories that the NYT says have showed his talent for being “prone to exaggeration.” Well, when he made his big religion speech, he claimed that he saw his father march with Martin Luther King. A little research proves it never happened, and well, you just have to watch how he pulls a Clinton trick out from his ass.
The NYT even caught him in Iowa, and he now blames journalists for their ignorant reporting on his claims on getting tough on drugs.
On Thursday, for instance, at a campaign stop in Indianola, he ran into trouble when talking about his record on illegal drugs while governor of Massachusetts. Mr. Romney had been airing ads in Iowa attacking his rival, Mike Huckabee, for his record on clemencies while governor of Arkansas and for reducing penalties for methamphetamine-related crimes.
â€œIâ€™m very proud of the fact that we, my state, when I was governor, we made it tougher for people with meth labs,â€ he said, echoing his commercial in which he claimed that he â€œgot tough on drugs like methâ€ in the governorâ€™s office.
â€œWe cracked down on crime and on meth in particular,â€ Mr. Romney added. â€œItâ€™s a very important topic. I want to make sure we do everything we can to keep our kids off of this terrible, pernicious, captivating drug.â€ …
Mr. Romneyâ€™s office proposed legislation that would have toughened penalties on those in possession of the drug and chemicals to manufacture it, but the bill stalled in the state legislature.
After The New York Times pointed out Mr. Romneyâ€™s misstatement in a posting on its politics blog, he made sure to correct himself before taking questions from reporters at his next campaign stop here.
â€œIf I said this morning that we â€˜got toughâ€™ on methamphetamines, I proposed we get tough on methamphetamine and Iâ€™ve corrected that right here for all of you,â€ he said. â€œYou donâ€™t need to make any error of reporting that somehow Governor Romney actually got it done.â€
You see, if you interpreted his statement that “when I was governor, we made it tougher for people with meth labs” to mean anything other than “when I was governor, we thought about making it tougher for people with meth labs,” then Mitt wants you to know that it’s an error in your judgment.
You can see that if Romney is elected, we get to go back to the good old days of debating what the word “is” means, along with a very public debate on reasonable interpretations of common phrases. You’ll sleep better at night knowing that your tax dollars are funding some recent college grad to look through every copy of every dictionary in every language to find obscure interpretations of words like “saw” and “endorsement.” Who doesn’t look forward to those important debates?