I can’t remember where it was, nor the exact key words to use in a search, but I recall once reading about the “truth in a lie.” That the words (of a lie) may not be true, but they reveal a truth about the person speaking them and/or the situation he is facing.
Someone in Hollywood who lies about her age understands a truth about the town’s main industry that people here prize youth over experience. Someone who lies about working out (saying he does when he doesn’t) reveals an insecurity about his mostly sedentary status. Or, as in the case, of one guy with whom I was fixed up, an intention to work out (or so he claimed).
With that in mind, we could have a field day investigating the Vice President’s fabrications. As you may recall (something the MSM ignored), Bush Administration officials denied claims by Joe Biden that, in private meetings earlier this decade with the then-President Bush, the then-Delaware Senator castigated the Republican.
The truth in his lies?
Well, we can see the Vice President’s sense of self-importance, making himself out to be a bold man who speaks truth to power.
And we all see a truth about our media-political culture; Biden thought he could score points by bashing Bush. You can still ingratiate yourself to some in political polite society by attacking the former President.
And of course, we have one more example of officials of this Administration trashing the previous one, particularly the man who led it. I’m still waiting for our critics to provide examples of either then-President Bush or then-Vice President Cheney personally trashing the Clintons (or the Gores) in their first three months in office.
So, Biden’s lies are really revealing, about himself, the prevailing culture in Washington and his Administration.