Absurdity

Tapper outlines another whooper from Palin:

At a fundraiser in Canton, Ohio, this evening, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had an interesting description of her speech to the Republican convention.

“There Ohio was right out in front, right in front of me,” Palin said. “The teleprompter got messed up, I couldn’t follow it, and I just decided I’d just talk to the people in front of me. It was Ohio.”

This struck many of us — who, as she spoke, followed along with her prepared remarks, and noted how closely she stuck to the script — as an unusual claim. (Especially those of my colleagues on the convention floor at the time, reading along on the prompter with her, noticing her excellent and disciplined delivery, how she punched words that were underlined and paused where it said “pause,” noting that “nuclear” was spelled out for her phonetically.)

Atrios says that we’re in “presonality disorder” area now, and he’s aboslutely right. There is simply no way to conclude anything other than the fact that Sarah Palin is a pathological liar. She just can’t help herself.

It’s one thing to lie about opposing the Bridge to Nowhere. It’s another thing to lie about it after it’s been exposed as a lie. But in either event there’s a logic behind lying. If a certain amount of people believe it, there’s a real, foreseeable, benefit to be had from lying. But Palin is now in a whole other territory altogether. She, and the McCain campaign in general, is lying when the truth is just as good. No one, not even her fiercest critic, has denied she did an impressive job delivering her acceptance speech. No one, that I’ve seen, has criticized her for using a teleprompter. Indeed, most every politician on the national stage uses a teleprompter for a long speech on national television such as that. So there’s just no benefit to lying about this, and everything to lose, given that, again, this has already been exposed as a lie.

As I said, this is just downright pathological at this point. Given the choice between telling the truth and telling an outright, known, lie, even when there’s no benefit to lying, Sarah Palin chooses to tell the lie. The only question at this point is whether or not she knows she’s lying, or whether she’s actually convinced herself this is true. Neither option is particularly appealing.