We expect politicians to stretch the truth occasionally; it’s part and parcel of a mass democratic process. The system encourages them to slant things to put themselves in the best possible light.
But, in an age when one’s every utterance can be fact-checked within seconds, why would a candidate for president lie about his committee memberships to impress his hosts, when it’s a certainty the lie will be exposed?
Forget for a moment what this says about the candidate’s character. Just what does it say about his intelligence?
UPDATE: And why, oh why, do they lie when it can be captured for eternity on YouTube? (hat tip: Ed Morrissey)