Dumb and Dumber
It's hard to determine who's dumber: Mitt Romney spouting off nonsense or Perry Bacon, the WaPo reporter who doesn't bother to fact-check what Romney says.
To wit, here's Romney making an ass of himself about the French, whilst talking to students of Regent University, the fourth-tier religious school founded by Pat Robertson which has supplied so many Bush Administration flunkies:
"There is no work more important to America's future than the work that is done within the four walls of the American home," Romney said. He also criticized people who choose not to get married because they enjoy the single life.
"It seems that Europe leads Americans in this way of thinking," Romney told the crowd of more than 5,000. "In France, for instance, I'm told that marriage is now frequently contracted in seven-year terms where either party may move on when their term is up. How shallow and how different from the Europe of the past."
Except that this is total bullshit he or one of his running buddies picked up from some third-hand remembrance of a French romantic comedy entitled Seven Years of Marriage. Last I heard, French filmmakers weren't in charge of rewriting French law. (Oh, and the film's plot — seven years of marriage making a married couple's thoughts turn to straying — looks to have been inspired in part by the American classic film The Seven Year Itch. What was that about French immorality again, Mitt?)
But wait, it gets better:
And he twice referred to the Virginia Tech shootings on April 16 in which a gunman killed 32 people before killing himself.
"We're shocked by the evil of the Virginia Tech shooting," Romney said. "I opened my Bible shortly after I heard of the tragedy. Only a few verses, it seems, after the Fall, we read that Adam and Eve's oldest son killed his younger brother. From the beginning, there has been evil in the world."
He added: "Pornography and violence poison our music and movies and TV and video games. The Virginia Tech shooter, like the Columbine shooters before him, had drunk from this cesspool."
Well, except for the fact that he hadn't:
Just after the shooting, Dr. Phil and religious anti-game crusader Jack Thompson were all-too-quick to point the finger at video games as being somehow at blame. We can now confirm that not a single video game was found in the dorm room of the killer…
…Also, according to Cho Seung Hui's roommates, the man never even played video games during his rare appearances in the common living area in the dorm.
Land o' Goshen! You'd think that the WaPo reporter would note some of the spots where Romney's speechifying head-butts reality, so that it would be crystal-clear why this guy has no chance at the presidency despite the wads of money he's raised. But no: Every statement is reported unchallenged.