And so it was that Mitt Romney chose to double down on the purposeful and sophomoric, nay Beavis & Butthead-worthy misapplication of "that" (covered in the preceding post) and began what's come to be known as the "if it's on the bus it's the truth" style of politics.
Chairman, CEO, lineman for the county
From an innocent enough statement about infrastructure and community, such that one could find both candidates being its exemplar without effort, to a shabby scramble to shed the embarrassment, nay stink, of puerile speech editing, the most important thing I got out of it is that this exact line of false attribution had a trial run on Fox and had already been called out by Media Matters. The choice was made that continuing on this tack would prove a winner.
Chairman, CEO, ironworker
Doubling down with the likes of stage backgrounds proclaiming "we DID build it" demands a new listing in Webster's for "say," one in which an edit by a sound engineer counts. Any utterance, regardless of altered language or meaning from the original context which originates at the speaker's mouth.
And so it was that on July 24, Mitt Romney went before the Veterans of Foreign Wars and said: "The President’s policies have brought justice where there was tyranny, peace where there was conflict, and hope where there was affliction and despair.
"I am ashamed of America. This century must be an American Century."
By Romney standards, I'm not lying.
Chairman, CEO, pole inspector
I'm Alastair Cooke for Romnibus.