The Democratic Campaign Platform: Lie to Win
President Obama “giftwrapped” the truth Monday, when he told Al Sharpton that Democratic candidates are lying when they distance themselves from him. The Washington Post summed it up:
Obama’s comments not only “suggested the election was indeed something of a referendum on him…but that Democratic candidates are actually on-board with him -- something most of them have made pains to argue is not the case. Obama's comments are the kind of thing Democrats might privately say to assure donors and the party base, but wouldn't really say in public.”
In other words, straight from the mouth of one liar to another: “Do what you need to do to win.”
Habitual lying -- a proclivity of Obama extensively documented by American Thinker contributor Jack Cashill in his new book, “You Lie!” -- is a disorder that has infected the entire Obama administration, as scandal after scandal festers in the “culture of deception” that pervades the White House.
It’s the culture created, as Andrew McCarthy observed in his column on the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola outbreak, when “incompetence meets mendacity.” The vastness of this deceptive culture reaches beyond the Obama administration into the entire Democratic Party, on full display in midterm campaigning across the country.
Take the example of candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Senator Mitch McConnell’s opponent on the Kentucky ballot. After listing multiple examples of Grimes’s lies, Breitbart’s Michael Leahy described her campaign operation as a “culture of deception.”
Grimes has certainly produced plenty of slick commercials in which she promises she is “not Barack Obama.” Running as another “Great Democrat Rural Hope,” she tells voters she disagrees with Obama on “guns, coal, and the EPA” -- but intrepid undercover reporter James O’Keefe’s hidden camera documented how perfectly her campaign follows Obama’s deceptive playbook.
Caught on tape, several staffers admitted that Grimes is lying about her support of coal, calling it all a “lying game.” As one prominent campaign donor put it to another of O’Keefe’s cameras, “She’s gonna f*** [the coal industry] as soon as she’s elected. She can’t say it straight up. She’s going to do what she has to do to get elected and then she’s gonna f*** ‘em.”
Yes, Americans, you can keep your health insurance and your doctor.
Yes, Kentuckians, you can keep your coal and your guns.
And yes -- Democrats think that the voters who cling to those lies are stupid.
Democratic candidates also count on the fact that their supporters who do recognize the lies and deceptive strategies are as unprincipled as the candidates themselves. As McCarthy further observed, it’s as if “the fibs told to escape the latest jam are more admired for craftiness than condemned as breaches of trust.”
It’s even sadder to realize that even after millions of dollars worth of McConnell campaign ads that point out Grimes’s lying, somewhere in the neighborhood of 44% of Kentucky voters still plan to vote for her. Thousands of voters who apparently really are as stupid or as unprincipled as the Democrat campaign thinks they are.
Although some prominent Democrats have blasted the Grimes campaign as being “disorganized,” as a Kentuckian constantly bombarded with commercials, ads, and robo-calls, I can tell you how very Alinsky-ized it appears. Her campaign may appear disorganized, but listening to her speeches, like this one at a “rally,” reveals the community organizer in her. She may not need teleprompters on both sides of her at the podium, but it is obvious how “rehearsed and scripted and pandering” she really is.
In fact, local reporters have complained that Grimes limits “reporters to just a question or two here and there, during which she doesn't stray from what often sound like scripted answers.”
Grimes won’t even admit that she voted for Obama. As reporter Keith Koffler noted: Sure, it’s a sad commentary on Obama. But it is also, quite simply, one of the most craven performances I have ever seen on the campaign trail.”
“Craven” is the word. And it also describes several other Democratic Senate candidates with the same MO.
After Grimes non-answer, Charles Krauthammer concluded that Kentucky voters should be wondering if they can “trust her to speak straight on anything else.” Chuck Todd observed: “if you can't find a way to stand behind your party's president, you can disagree with him but can't answer that basic question and come across looking ridiculous. I think [Grimes] disqualified herself.”
While Todd’s conclusion appears reasonable, in essence it captures the Democrat dilemma -- candidates can’t answer that basic question without exposing either themselves or the President as liars.
After the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced it had pulled its support for Grimes in Kentucky, Keith Koffler speculated on the reasons:
It’s not clear to me if this is because they don’t think she can win – she’s down only by a few points to McConnell – or if it is actually in retaliation for her disloyalty to the president, who has raised large sums for the DSCC. I hope it’s in retaliation because, certainly, she deserves as a matter of principle to be denied access to money he has raised.
Of course, Koffler assumes that the party still holds some principles -- positive ones, that is.
But really, we should wonder -- will the party that tells lies together, stay together? While the nation gradually loses its trust in Obama, Democrat candidates should (or at least, might) begin losing trust in their leader and the party.
Columnist Walter Hudson, writing about “the number one reason why the left always wins,” noted: “They don’t care about the means. They don’t care about the process. They only care about the results.”
Apparently, Democrats don’t care about character either.
“Grimes,” observed Koffler, “must assume that having character is not a qualification Kentucky voters are interested in.”
Alison Grimes is simply a prettier version of the politician Barack Obama. A vote for Grimes is a vote for Obama. It’s a vote for every single one of his failed policies. It’s a vote for Obama’s lies. It’s a vote for more lying, this time delivered with a southern accent.
Grimes and fellow Democrats can run on their platform of lies, but they can’t hide from the truth.