Mitt Romney is a riverboat gambler, the apotheosis of a card shark. He's playing liar's poker and hoping that the electorate doesn't call his bluff.
His campaign has been a patchwork of distortions, half-truths, and outright lies. He was a hawk before he was a dove. He would destroy Medicare but says he's its savior. He preaches job creation but Massachusetts was 47th in creating jobs while he was governor.
Romney's latest bald-faced, shameless lie comes via a campaign ad in pivotal Ohio. The ad claims Romney has been a champion of the American car industry in Michigan and Ohio. The truth is that Romney wanted GM and Chrysler to bite the bullet of bankrupcy. Moreover, the ad asserts that American jobs building Jeeps will be shipped to China. An absolute falsehood. The chief executive of Jeep's parent companies Fiat and Chrysler unequivocally shot down this canard: "Jeep prodoucts will not be moved from the United States to China." A spokesman for GM had this scathing comment: "The ad is cynical campaign politics at its worst."
For his habitual lying Mitt, the Pinocchio candidate, needs to be taken to the verbal woodshed. And who better to rail out a comeuppance than that master of invective and vituperation, William Shakespeare.
He will lie, sir, with such volubility that you would think truth were a fool. (All's Well That Ends Well)
[You're] the confirmer of false reckonings. (As You Like It)
[You are] falser than vows made in wine. (As You Like It)
With every minute you do change a mind//And call him noble that was now your hate,//Him vile that was your garland. (Coriolanus)
Do not believe his vows; for they are brokers//Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds//The better to beguile. ( Hamlet)
One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. (Hamlet)
Such a dish of skim milk! (Henry IV, Part 1)
There's no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune. (Henry IV, Part 1)
[Thou art] not at all a friend to truth. (Henry VIII)
Woe upon ye, and all such false professors! (Henry VIII)
In most strange postures we have seen him set himself. (Henry VIII)
Believe me, I do not believe thee, man. (King John)
I never knew man hold vile stuff so dear. (Love's Labour's Lost)
[You are] a huge translation of hypocrisy,//Vilely compil'd, profound simplicity. ( Love's Labour's Lost)
False face must hide what the false heart doth know. (Macbeth)
Here's an equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale. (Macbeth)
[You] only are reputed wise for saying nothing. (The Merchant of Venice)
[You] speak an infinite deal of nothing. (The Merchant of Venice)
He is no less than a stuffed man. (Much Ado About Nothing)
His gift is in devising impossible slanders. (Much Ado About Nothing)
Will you not eat your word? (Much Ado About Nothing)
God and good men hate so foul a liar. (Richard II)
Spit upon him whilst I say he lies, and lies, and lies. (Richard II)
He's a man of wax. (Romeo and Juliet)
O monstrous arrogance! Thou liest, thou thread, thou thimble,// Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail,//Thous flea, thou nit, thou winter-cricket thou! (The Taming of the Shrew)
He misses not much.//No; he doth but mistake the truth totally. (The Tempest)
He takes false shadows for true substances. (Titus Andronicus)
He has not so much brain as ear-wax. (Troilus and Cressida)
Idol of idiot-worshippers! (Troilus and Cressida)
[You are] a fellow o'th' strangest mind i' th' world. (Twelfth Night)
The man is tainted in's wits. (Twelfth Night)
His garments are rich, but he wears them not handsomely. (The Winter's Tale)
He is a kind of chameleon.//That hath more mind to feed on your blood than live in your air. (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
Exit Mitt, pursued by a Donkey.
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