Scanning some of the other stuff that happened while we were out, we're a little surprised that this uncharacteristic (but not unprecedented) moment of candor from Sen. John Ensign hasn't received more attention -- The AP's Kathleen Hennessey, reporting from the Republican state convention:
Ensign suggested war critics should lie about their opposition. In comments to reporters, the Las Vegas Republican quoted what he said was a line from comedian and talk show host Dennis Miller: "I happened to believe in what we're doing over there. But if I didn't, I'd lie."
Hey, wait a minute. If the Hair-Do didn't believe in what we're doing over there, he'd lie about it? So how do we know he's not lying when he says he believes in what we're doing over there?
Ensign posed his little nailbiter while urging people who opposed the war, like Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy, to hush, because their complaints about the war "have emboldened the enemy." Asked for a specific example, "Ensign said Pelosi had called evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq "lies.'"
Um, let's try to get this straight. If people think the administration lied to puff up it's WMD claim, they should lie, and say they don't think the administration lied.
Here at the Gleaner, we think the United States, for all its errant leadership, tragic military adventurism and overall colossal bungling of late, is a truly great nation; so great, in fact, that not only can it withstand internal wartime criticism, but thrive on it, build on it, learn from it and become greater still. We invite Sen. Ensign to abandon his dour, sour, pessimistic blame-America-first attitude, and join us on the side of hope and optimism.
Meantime, Ensign's infantile my-country-right-or-wrong posturing notwithstanding, his staunch pro-lying position begs the question: Just how many things does John Ensign feel so strongly about that he is willing to lie?
When he says that Republicans are doing all they can to protect American security, does he really believe it, or does he feel that continued Republican political control is more important than exposing GOP incompetence on national security, so important, in fact, that it warrants lying? When he continuously votes in lock-step with corporations, does he genuinely believe that he is acting in the public interest? Or does he recognize the harm being inflicted on the public, but believes so strongly in the ideological purity of unfettered corporate profiteering that he's willing to lie? When he votes to give tax cut after tax cut to the rich, does he really believe that those tax cuts are fair, or has he determined that rewarding his campaign contributors, and thus extending the curiosity that is John Ensign's political career, is so important, that the ends justify the means, i.e., it's worth telling lies?
Did John Ensign really birdie the 12th hole?
The answers to these and many other questions should emerge as the campaign moves along and the Hair-Do fleshes out the rationale behind his extremist, which is to say widely unpopular, positions. The 'Do will make his case.
But watch out. He could be lying.