We know, for a fact, that Sarah Palin lied about being "against" earmarks. As mayor of her small Alaskan town, she hired a Team Abramoff lobbyist to squeeze Washington for generous funds, funds far in excess of what the average American small town could expect. The lobbyist delivered nearly $27 million worth of earmarks to the town of less than ten thousand people: a fine haul, indeed. She said so herself, in her own handwriting.
So she lied. Baldly and repeatedly. McCain is now on a multistate tour, repeating the very same lies -- and for Republicans, they are applause lines. Huzzah to the "anti-pork" governor whose state is more dependent on pork than any other state. Hooray for the "anti-earmarks" candidate who made a name for herself as a champion of the earmark.
The question is: what of it?
There is absolutely no penalty for lying, in politics. None. Zip. Nada. Sarah Palin could stand atop a stage and declare herself moon-goddess of Endor, and it wouldn't make a bit of difference. Yes, the papers would correct her. There would be a few cable stories on how there was no prior record of her being declared a moon-goddess. In the end, however, it would not matter, and it would not matter because Republicans have decided that it does not.
The Republican Party is the Kingdom of Lies. It is this persistent, unapologetic lying on the part of the Republicans that causes me to have such utter contempt for them. The Republicans basically spit in the face of the American people every time they lie--and they do it again and again and again. This constant lying is the most obvious sign that modern conservatism has become a national cancer--and America may be dying of it.
UPDATE: This comment on Hunter's post was tremendous:
The GOP is a crime syndicate--get used to the idea. And with any crime organization the best way to assure fealty is to ask initiates to commit a crime. Lying may not be a crime but, in partisan politics, it serves as a gateway to real criminality. Lying publicly and blatantly demonstrates that the individual is ready to enter the "family." Some Republicans like Larry Craig simply live a dual life that opens them up to blackmail. There's no need to worry about Craig's fealty to the GOP, is there? But others, like Palin and Pawlenty make a show of lying to win the right to commit real crimes. Once a GOP politician has committed a serious crime they they can be trusted to keep faith with the party.