The Posse has been watching lots of films on Turner Classic Movies. Recently we caught the Paul Newman/Liz Taylor "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
There is a scene where Big Daddy (played by Burl Ives!) thunders about mendacity.
He must have been talking about the Obama administration.
Bill Clinton was hammered for being a liar, but he was, as Bob Kerrey pointed out, an usually good one. He never told the outright whopper (well, there was the one time) but mostly you had to parse his language very carefully. He was an experienced executive and a skilled lawyer.
Barack Obama is neither.
One year into his presidency, he has squandered the enormous good will and trust the American people offered him - largely through his own mendacity.
Even his own supporters don't believe him.
His list of broken promises grows longer by the day - from the pledge to close Gitmo to the tax cut for 95 percent of taxpayers. Then there was the pledge to put the health care negotiations on C-SPAN. He did this not once, but eight times.
When called on it, his press secretary basically blew it off.
So if you were someone who actually believed him, who bought into what he was selling, you've been dissed, big time.
That's the thing: he's not content to simply wiggle out of his pledges, nor does he come out and say "You know, it simply won't work. I know what I pledged, but it just can't happen."
Instead, he acts as if the pledge didn't exist. Or lies about fulfilling it.
In the process, he has destroyed his credibility.
This is the most critical element for a president - or any other leader - to posses. If no one believes a word that you are saying, negotiation is pointless. And yet, it continues.
The State of the Union featured a remarkable pledge to become more fiscally responsible. Next year. And not counting the huge expenditures already on the way.
Does he seriously think that having lied about everything else, people will now assume he's telling the truth?
Even his own party is starting to distrust him.
Bill Clinton's terms in office were good for him, but terrible for the Democrats. Barack Obama may outdo even the landslide year of 1994 - and shatter his party in ways the Clinton's never dreamed of.
And should that happen, near the top of the list of reasons will be mendacity.