Why Lie Without Reason?

Andrew Sullivan —  May 3 2012 @ 6:28pm

Shep Smith balked at Romney calling Gingrich a "friend." Waldman gives the Republican nominee some free advice:

[P]oliticians, particularly those like Romney who struggle to convince voters that they're normal, everyday folks, could do themselves a favor and stop saying things that are so patently false, even small things. Why would it be so hard to say, "Newt ran a spirited campaign, I'm sure he'll be a strong voice for our party, and I wish him all the best"? That would be no less kind, and no one would notice the difference. But by trying to toss in something to humanize their relationship ("Ann and I are proud to call Newt and Callista friends"), he makes himself seem not human at all.