Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Would you vote for a liar for president in 2020?
I think most of us would prefer not to.
Spin is one thing, but bald-faced lies don’t sit well, and repeat offenders risk wearing out their welcome.
That’s why Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s enemies have been so intent throughout her political career to brand her a liar.
That was the goal of the whole Native-American ancestry fiasco, which persists despite zero evidence of Warren having lied. And now that she’s a leading candidate for president, the pace of her smearing has picked up.
The latest effort involved the facts of her departure from a job as a New Jersey public school teacher in the early 1970s.
Warren claims she was cut loose because school officials learned she was pregnant, in an era when that was a common fate of working women. A right-wing news outlet unearthed school board meeting minutes showing she was offered a new contract, but didn’t note that offer likely came before her bosses knew she was pregnant.
So there’s no hard evidence that Warren’s story is a lie, but that’s the word anti-Warren news outlets are using, the better to circle the globe with their lie before the truth can get its pants on.
There are plenty of reasons to vote against Warren for president, but personal dishonesty isn’t one of them.
Still, that’s the emerging attack narrative.
And it’s an open question how many voters will demand the truth before making up their minds.
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