You’ve probably noticed I have a penchant for car metaphors when I get worked up about the Republicans and the economy. (So does the President.) So, naturally, I got a kick out of a good one from John Cole over at Balloon Juice.
For some reason, PolitiFact insists that the Democrats are lying when they say the Republicans want to get rid of Medicare, even though the Republicans have boasted that this is what they intend to do and have even voted to do it. No matter how often it’s been pointed out by smart people like Paul Krugman (and me) that PolitiFact is just plain wrong, PolitiFact has stuck with their story. Recently they listed the Democrats’ truthful warning as a finalist for lie of the year.
Which sent John to his garage to haul out:
The PolitiFact stuff really is amazing, especially for a group that normally does good work. Here’s what is happening:
America turns off the lights, goes to bed, leaving their Mercedes in the driveway. While we sleep, the Republicans sneak into the car, drive it off, and sell it, but they keep the Mercedes hood ornament. They then split the proceeds between their rich buddies, and go out and find a Ford Pinto up on cinderblocks in a field, with the grass growing through the floorboard. They place that in the driveway, cleverly glue the Mercedes ornament onto the front of the Pinto, and sneak off into the night. The next morning, America and Democrats are screaming- “What the hell happened to my car.” Republicans say- “What are you talking about, there is your Mercedes right there, we just modernized it and fixed it up a bit for long-term financial stability,” and point at the Pinto.
Then, the rocket scientists at Politifact drive by to take a non-partisan look at things, see the Mercedes symbol on the front of the car, and tell us all we’re lying about the Republicans stealing our Mercedes.
As Krugman says in the post John links to, if this is how PolitiFact’s going to handle things, by reaching for “balance,” voters can’t count on any help from the rest of the political media to deal with the onslaught of Republican lies.
From Lance’s wrecking yard: