The Obama campaign's resurrection of "liar" as a political tool is odious because it has such a repellent pedigree. It dates to the sleazy world of fascist and totalitarian propaganda in the 1930s. It was part of the milieu of stooges, show trials and dupes. These were people willing to say anything to defeat their opposition. Denouncing people as liars was at the center of it. The idea was never to elevate political debate but to debauch it.Caroline Glick picks up on Henninger's point about the Obama campaign's relish in using the word liar -- and notes that it is all part of Biden, Obama and the Politics of Personal Destruction:Henninger ended his column by wondering how the Obama campaign' post-presidential debate employment of this tactic against Romney would impact Biden's debate performance.
The purpose of calling someone a liar then was not merely to refute their ideas or arguments. It was to nullify them, to eliminate them from participation in politics. That's what is so unsettling about a David Axelrod or David Plouffe following accusations of dishonesty and lies with "whether that person should sit in the Oval Office." And that is followed by President Obama himself feeding the new line in stump speeches without himself ever using the L-word.
This Obama campaign is saying, "We don't want to compete with Mitt Romney. We want to obliterate him."
And last night we got the answer. Throughout the debate, Biden treated Rep. Paul Ryan with contempt. He never responded to any of Ryan's reasoned, substantive criticisms of Obama's policies. He simply called him a liar, repeatedly. With no justification. He sneered. He guffawed. And he maligned Ryan for 90 minutes.
I watched the debate on Fox News. I suppose the commentators hadn't read Henninger's article. They were all expressing shock at Biden's nastiness. They didn't seem to recognize that it is part of the Obama campaign's strategy."
Remember when the "L-word" was 'Liberal'?
Some have suggested that Biden's performance was geared towards their supporters who were so dismayed by Obama's dismal performance in the first Presidential debate.
The idea was apparently to supply them with some "red meat".
The problem of course is that at this point, Obama's most dedicated supporters are so conditioned that they don't want red meat.
They want blood.
And the Obama campaign is only to happen to oblige.
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