I happened across a fascinating statement by our self-described "radical centrist" U.S. Senator Mark Warner in a well-done weekend post-election analysis piece in the Roanoke Times. Here is the paragraph:
But Democrats struggled with their message this fall, especially when it came to the economy. [Senator Mark] Warner said that when he would tell audiences about middle class tax cuts and homebuyer tax credits pushed by Democrats, "you still get people looking at you askew." The party could not persuade voters that it had the country on the right track. (emphasis added)
Beside the fact that the Senator is parroting the Democrat talking points about "not getting our message out" (does anyone really buy that line anymore?), or the whole bizarre concept that Democrats actually think the country is on the "right track," I find Senator Warner's statement about tax cuts especially comical. I have a guess as to why no one would listen to our senior Senator on the subject — he lied about taxes the first time and Virginians remember.
Remember, then candidate for governor Mark Warner in 2001 swore up and down on the campaign trail that he had no intention of raising taxes — and then forced the largest tax hike in Virginia history through the legislature. Fast forward to 2010 and Warner is out there swearing up and down that Democrats really do want to cut taxes. And the Senator is perplexed as to why people looked at him "askew."
What's the line about people believing their own lies ... ?