The Liar: Near Miss
The last couple of years, we’ve made it a point when we’re on Nantucket to get over to Madaket, the small beach community on the western edge of the island’s south shore. We always stay on the eastern end of the island, so it’s good to get over to the other side. We grab lunch at Millie’s, which opened there two Junes ago, then walk on the beach. I wrote about our initial visit here and last year’s visit here. My short description last year:
My “Cambridge salad” was excellent: Grilled marinated chicken with mixed summer greens, mandarin orange, radish, peanuts, crispy tortilla strips, cilantro, and honey scallion dressing. Gail had the Pocomo tacos: Braised pork carnitas in flour tortillas with peach tomatillo salsa and chopped radish, cilantro, and onion. High quality food, filling, well served, and with views over Madaket Beach to the Atlantic.
We’ll be back on Nantucket soon, and an outing to Madaket is in our plans. Imagine what a relief it was, then, to learn that we missed today’s surprise visitor. Yes, Mitt Romney, is on the island raising funds. Rather than staying in town, he made it over to Madaket.
Mitt Romney is briefly mingling with voters in Massachusetts even though he has no hopes of winning the state this fall.
The Republican presidential candidate spent 10 minutes Saturday shaking hands and posing for pictures in Millie’s restaurant in Nantucket. Romney wanted photographers to get a shot of him mingling with voters on a day otherwise totally devoted to raising millions of dollars in six closed events in Massachusetts resorts.
The short AP note concludes with the news that “several Millie’s patrons wished Romney well. But one man shouted ‘five years’ returns.’ He was alluding to Democrats’ demands that Romney release five years of his tax returns instead of two.”
It’s just as well that I wasn’t there. I might have been less polite. I don’t do too well with blatant liars.
[Romney] got his biggest applause during this riff:
I want you to know I heard something the other day that really surprised me… What I heard is that the president is taking the work requirement out of welfare. …
Romney proceeded straight from this into a retelling of Obama’s “you didn’t built that” line, but even that did not get the applause the welfare riff did. After the speech, several in the audience told me that their favorite part had been Romney’s calling out Obama for weakening welfare work requirements. Yes, one of the more depressing parts of the job of being a political reporter is watching an audience fully absorb a blatant and knowing lie. Which is, of course, what this is. Countless factcheckers—here is one of many—have unequivocally rejected the assertion that Obama has ended the work requirement. His administration has instead granted more leeway to states, including several with Republican governors, to explore new ways to get people onto welfare into jobs, with the proviso that their new approaches must increase the share of recipients with jobs.
But this has not stopped Romney.