October 23, 2004


Here's another story about my brother. Back in the day, he had a little 8th grade girlfriend who was new to town. She said her father was a doctor and that they were building a new home, and she and my brother would ride their bikes by the construction site. She said she was a catalog model and had made lots of money doing photo shoots. And none of it was true. She lived in a small house with just her mom and had never been a model. My brother was pretty freaked out when the truth came out.

I've never forgotten this girl; I think of her often when I wonder about people who lie. I wonder what made her say these things. We all tell white lies to avoid hurting people's feelings, and we may exaggerate the truth a bit to make a story more fantastic, but repeated fabrication and lies and shifting the blame is cause for concern. Did this little girlfriend get so wrapped up in the fantasy world that she didn't know she was a liar, or was she just trying so hard to get people to like her that she'd say whatever she thought they'd like to hear? Either way is frightening.

John Kerry, as far as anyone can tell, hasn't fired a shotgun at a bird in many years, if ever. While it is possible that he might nevertheless luck out and hit a goose, the odds are heavily against it. Yet there is something about Kerry that requires him to distort reality to fit his own conception of himself: he ran in the Boston marathon; he never falls down while snowboarding unless a Secret Service agent knocks him over; he can't stand to walk across a patch of tarmac without pulling out a football; when he threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park and it landed half-way to home plate, it was the fault of the National Guardsman who was supposed to catch it, because the Guardsman was nervous; he had the biggest buck in the history of Massachusetts in his sights but didn't pull the trigger. And now, he shot a goose. Only, where is it?

This would be an alarming personality trait even if Kerry's fantasies were limited to sporting triumphs. But the Walter Mitty candidate doesn't stop there. When a candidate for President makes up non-existent secret missions to Cambodia, testifies before Congress of "war crimes" of which, it turns out, he has no knowledge, and fantasizes support from foreign powers which will magically change their perceptions of their own self-interest if only John F. Kerry were President, Walter Mitty is no longer funny.

Posted by Sarah at October 23, 2004 09:24 AM

I think a psychologist would diagnose those symptoms as indicators of an inferiority complex or insecurity.

Posted by: Mike at October 24, 2004 09:47 PM

I think I'm understanding how it works now.

If Bush says something wild or astonishing, it's safe to assume it's true unless 100% proven otherwise.

But if John Kerry says something even private or trivial that can't be 100% proven, it's presumed a lie.

It's not that you guys make things up; it's that you don't register as 'evidence' anything that you don't agree with.

Say, ban and delete me, wouldja? Thanks.

Posted by: auto_movil at October 25, 2004 11:06 PM

The hunting snafu is bizarre. Powerline claims that they've never known Kerry to hunt? It'd qualify the writers as stalkers if they did. The real battle is over the mythology of hunting geese, and not hunting geese. It's not whether he's a hunter it's whether he's a "man", in the red state sense of the term.

This battle over mythology is, of course, one of the key battles in any given elections, since the citizenry is largely too stupid or too lazy to be bothered with policy, so I suppose I don't begrudge bloggers the mythology in their memes, but still: Kerry is patrician, and patricians hunt. I'd bet dollars to donuts that he's done more than his fair share of hunting. Certainly more than me when I was growing up in rural OH.

Posted by: jpe at October 26, 2004 01:55 AM

I read the Kerry article in Field and Stream. A 16 point buck got away....

Any real hunter knows that's crap. If you can't hit a buck that has 16 points, you can't hit the broad side of a barn.

It's just another example of how Kerry couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it. Unfortunately, if he wins, our lives possibly will and THAT is the scary part folks...

Posted by: Army wife at October 30, 2004 09:50 PM