As I said before, facts don’t seem to matter anymore in the Republican primary race and fact-checkers must feel that they are crying in the wind because the candidates now just flat out lie, not bothering to provide even a veneer of plausibility. But even within that fog of lies, Chris Christie stands out for his brazenness, giving even Carly Fiorina, whose supreme disregard for facts was a wonder to behold, a run for her money.
Chris Christie has been battling the image created by his praise and hug of president Obama in the wake of hurricane Sandy just before the 2012 elections. Some have placed part of the blame for Mitt Romney’s loss on that and he has struggled to shake himself free of the charge that he is some kind of closet liberal by attacking Obama with great viciousness. In Thursday’s debate, in response to Marco Rubio’s charges that he had supported liberal positions, Christie looked straight at the camera and said that Rubio was wrong, he had never supported Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, had never donated to Planned Parenthood, that the Common Core no longer existed in New Jersey, and he had never supported gun control.
All these turn out to be blatantly false and the opposite had been reported in the New Jersey Star-Ledger at the time.
Faced with his lying, Christie attacked the newspaper for lying about him in that article. But the editor of the paper said that Christie had raised no objections at the time and the author’s article turns out to be Christie’s current spokesperson who was a reporter for the paper at that time. Awkward!
The Republican party does not even pretend that facts matter anymore. Hugh Hewitt is a conservative media personality who has been part of the debate moderators and he says that “Fact-checking doesn’t matter in these things. What matters is personality and aura and your command presence.”
So Republicans will choose the person with the best ‘aura’ and ‘command presence’ even if that person is a flat-out liar.
That’s democracy, folks!