Telling Lies When the Truth Will Do

Dana Milbank has a piece over at WaPo that deals with Obama Derangement Syndrome. In particular, he comments on the survey that showed nearly 30% of Louisiana Republicans responding to a poll blamed Barack Obama for the poor federal response to Katrina.

In other words, a large number of that 29 percent who said Obama was responsible for the Katrina response knew that he wasn’t but saw it as a chance to register their displeasure with the president. Obama has driven a large number of Republican voters — Jensen puts it at 15 to 20 percent of the overall electorate — right off their rockers. And to that, there is only one thing to say.

Obama Derangement Syndrome. Bush Derangement Syndrome. Miley Cyrus Derangement Syndrome. All of these result in stupid lies being told about their targets. Why? In most cases, there’s enough embarrassing true stuff to tell. What’s the point of lying?

5 thoughts on “Telling Lies When the Truth Will Do


  1. Exactly! And my dad always gets pissed off when I correct him about lies or misconceptions he believes or has heard about Obama- because he doesn’t think persuading people matters or is impossible. It’s important to the process as a whole- because when we stop caring about the truth, the system breaks down. That’s why it’s so important to try to be accurate and targeted in our criticisms- because the attitude of the individual makes its way through the collective, and the collective truth or falsity of our beliefs can persuade or dissuade people from what we want them to believe.


  2. The poll says nothing about the people who responded, and lots about the people who conducted it. The only person listed who was in office during Katrina was Bush, and there are continuing stories about the fed’s incompetence in dealing with damage from the storm.

    It may be the “crazy” people blame Obama. It may be they blame his party, and he was the only representative of it on the list.

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