Kevin Drum, writing for Mother Jones on Monday, decided that he’d had enough of Republicans casting aspersions on the character of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Citing another writer who referred to Hillary as a “serial liar,” Drum said that the smear campaign against her was full of fictitious assertions, obscuring the fact that she is actually “one of America’s most honest politicians.”
“Hillary is one of the most honest politicians on the national stage,” Drum wrote, using a chart from the liberal PolitiFact for evidence. “I know it’s in their partisan self-interest for conservatives to insist that Hillary is the world’s biggest liar. But she isn’t. Not by a long, long way. Republicans need to get the beam out of their own eye before they keep banging on about the mote in Hillary’s.”
First of all, you can’t go by PolitiFact, which cherry-picks which statements it chooses to fact check and often uses convoluted reasoning to give Democratic politicians the benefit of the doubt. Meanwhile, they will slap a “pants of fire” rating on any conservative who misplaces a comma.
Second, Hillary Clinton’s record of deception is well-documented and unavoidable. Her lies range from the absurdly trivial – the sniper fire story from her trip to Bosnia – to whoppers that undermine democracy, such as the many lies she has told about her private email server. If this woman is one of the most honest politicians in America, then our problems are bigger than anyone can solve.
Of course, the assertion is ridiculous. The American people seem ready to vote for Clinton at the moment, but they aren’t confused about her relationship with the truth. Polls show that even Democrats view their candidate as a pathological liar. They apparently aren’t going to let that stop them from voting for her, but that’s another story. The point is, most people understand that Hillary and her husband are two of the most dishonest politicians that have ever graced the national stage.
We can safely assume that writers like Drum only make these crazy statements in the hopes of “going viral.” People love to link to absurdities, and traffic is traffic. Surely he doesn’t actually believe what he’s saying. If he does, someone seriously needs to talk to him and urge him to seek mental counseling, because he’s living in a world of delusion.