In recent years, the GOP has been pretty successful at using the endless repetition of false claims, and the aid of a compliant media, to make their lies stick in the minds of the public. They have proven that assertions don’t have to be true to be accepted. They only have to be heard enough times to seem as if they must be true.
However, it’s one thing to push phony “facts” when they are merely false. It’s quite another to have those “facts” accepted as true when they appear more demonstrably false with each passing day!
This is why it is so pathetic to hear John McCain repeating his claim that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” as Wall Street tanks even further, and the banking system continues its downward spiral with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the near collapse of Merrill “We’re bullshitting on America” Lynch.
Once you establish repetition as your only strategy, there’s really not much more you can do but keep repeating your lies and desperately hoping for a reversal of fortune (like an economic surge, perhaps?), even though they make you look more and more foolish each time you say them.
It’s like the soon-to-be-fired NFL coach with a 0-14 record going to yet another press conference and talking about how the “fundamentals of our running game are strong!” Uh huh! With a 7-7 team, you might be able to pull it off, but at 0–14, it’s just laughable.
So laughable, in fact, that it raises questions about your competence at even simple things like tying your shoes, or wiping your own ass.
That’s John McCain, right now, on the economy!