A citizen would have to be awfully naïve to expect strict fidelity to the truth from any politician, much less a presidential candidate. As a thought experiment, however, it’s interesting to wonder how an epic prevaricator like Mitt Romney would handle the presidency.
See, when the president says something crazily at odds with reality, everybody notices. When he makes an obvious blunder, like President Obama’s assertion that “the private sector’s doing fine,” voters take heed. Too many, and his credibility’s shot.
Candidate Romney takes full advantage.
Candidates, however—especially Republican candidates—are granted broader latitude. The “he said, she said” conventions of news media campaign coverage give the challenger a con man’s edge. Wary of appearing partisan, “mainstream” reporters normally leave it to candidates and their representatives to sort out the truth.