George Bernard Shaw once said that for democracy to be a workable form of government the average citizen would have to resent a fallacy as much as an insult. The Romney campaign has illustrated that point, and it’s good to see the Washington Post editorial say that it “insults voters.” So it does.
Here’s the beginning and the end the end of the piece:
Through all the flip-flops, there has been one consistency in the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: a contempt for the electorate.
Mr. Romney … seems to be betting that voters have no memories, poor arithmetic skills and a general inability to look behind the curtain. We hope the results Tuesday prove him wrong.
And that’s the question the Will-Frum-Brooks Axis of Weasels has yet to answer: How can people who present themselves as thinkers support a candidate whose entire campaign defies fact and logic? Policy positions aside, Romney’s contempt for the truth makes him a threat not just to Enlightenment values but to the very project of republican government. In the long run, lies and liberty are not compatible.
Update Prairie Weather points out that the Post is a little late to the party: its reporters and editors have helped to enable the Romney bamboozlement. Still, better late than never.