Quote of the Day: mendacity and malice edition

Posted by: Phineas on November 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Mary Matalin, in National Review Online:

What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform. Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future, Obama used it as a vehicle for character assassination, replete with unrelenting and destructive distortion, derision, and division.

And, as they say, those were his good points.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Quote of the Day: mendacity and malice edition”


  1. In his book, “On Watch”, former CNO Adm. Elmo Zumwalt described life in the capitol during the Nixon years and the Watergate scandal. He said the most difficult challenge for any indivdual was maintaining personal integrity and not being caught up in the mire in the midst of the corruption, arrogance, and double dealing occurring on a constant basis. He characterized it as “being on a roller coaster blindfolded”. You knew there were going to be twists and turns along with sudden changes in direction; you just had no idea when and in what direction. This sounds like an apt description of life in the present regime.

  2. WMP says:

    Here’s a post I put on another site:

    I have now spent the last 24 hours plus looking and reading the articles and comments about what went wrong in this election. My oh my – aren’t the armchair quarterbacks out there about everything Gov. Romney did wrong or didn’t do that he should have. Here’s my take – after all the money spent, nothing changed because in my opinion it turns out people weren’t as engaged as those of us who consider ourselves informed voters thought they would be. It wasn’t a pivotal election. All this blame about Romney not getting as many votes as McCain – well Pres. Obama fell far short of his numbers from 2008 – what in the world make anyone think Romney would have higher numbers if overall it was down. Because so few states matter any more, those states are the only places where there was a perceived “enthusiam” to get out an vote because that is what we were being shown on the internet. I now believe that there really weren’t any “true” undecideds. That the outcome was preset – unless a bomb landed on US soil – nothing was going to be different. President Obama was given a pass on virtually everything that has happened the last 4 years – it’s all George Bushes fault. Romney could have been out then spewing the Benghazi crap, making all kinds of promises to the poor for free stuff, open arms to illegals, free college, etc. – I believe the outcome would have been the same. I don’t think a different candidate would have been any different than Romney. Had Marco Rubio run (I believe as many it would have been premature), he would have been just as equally destroyed by the Obama campaign as was done to Romney and like it or not – it is very hard to respond to that drumbeat because people don’t want to engage in the facts and circumstances. Wrongfully, I believed that things had been so bad that the American people were ready to listen to dialogue about our financial issues and how they can be resolved – nope – still want sound bites and slogans. No real serious thought about what we are facing in this country. It takes time to do this. Sound bites and slogans don’t do it. No Mr. Matthews – it isn’t about there not being enough “angry white men”. There is no mandate – the voters continued their divide. I believe there are many who want things to be different, but if it is going to affect their pocketbook – well they just aren’t going there. As I said yesterday in another post, my attorney boss was more concerned about the interest rates going up if Romney won as he attempts to refinance a “second home”. The electorate in general is more interested in reality television, cell phones, the social media – whatever is quick to satisfy. I am not a twitter person – but I find it an extremely rude outlet when I see some of the tweets that are posted. It is like a play ground mentality – nah nah nah – my guy won and yours didn’t.

    Bottom line – I am proud I voted for Gov. Romney and yes disappointed that he didn’t win. But he has much more going for him than many in the media (from both sides). He has a wonderful wife, family, grandkids to return to and most importantly he is a DECENT man. Our country would be much better off if there were more of him.

  3. Kate says:

    I feel the same way, enough of the woulda-coulda-shoulda business. My heart goes out to Mitt Romney and his family who so tirelessly fought to get out his message. He did not have to sacrifice his blood, sweat and tears for himself….he did it for his country. I could see that in his speeches. His only ambition was to get this country on stronger footing and to see success for everyone.

    What we did experience an election where the majority that elected the president were basically ignorant of the real issues that are confronting the security of our nation and they are not…women’s issues, gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, etc.

  4. Tex says:

    I absolutely agree with you WMP. The MSM knows so many in this country are not interested in substance but only style, so the MSM fed them a steady diet of style the past 3 years. They made Obama look cool and made Romney look square. I mean how could you go wrong voting for Obama when your favorite stylish Hollywood stars love to hang out with him? It is a sad commentary on the massive disconnect so many in this country have with reality – a candidate with a record of failure and no plan for the future wins out over a candidate with a record of success and a plan for the future.

  5. WMP says:

    Just got a news alert confirming Iran fired on one of our drones in international waters last week – odd that wasn’t brought up before the election. This is what we are dealing with and will continue to deal with.