Robert Knight

If a liberal politician tells you it’s a “nice day,” better grab your hip boots.

Now that Lies (and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) author Al Franken is actually a real-life United States senator, we might need to craft either a new definition of “lies” or “truth” – take your pick. The whoppers have been flying thick and fast in recent days.

For instance, in his July 11 radio address, President Obama actually declared that the stimulus “has worked as intended.” If you recall, the White House promised during arm-twisting time in February that the $787 billion stimulus would create or “save” 3.5 million jobs over the next two years. Instead, the unemployment rate has risen from 8.1 percent in February to 9.5 in July. Employers cut 467,000 jobs in June. Something’s working, but it’s not millions of still-jobless Americans. To be fair, the stimulators have got another 19 months or so. And they claim that 8 zillion jobs would have been lost without the massive fix. But it’s not looking good, especially since they’re already talking about Son of Stimulus.

And how about Sen. Patrick Leahy’s glowing tribute to the Wise Latina at her Senate hearing on Monday? With a straight face, and knowing Sonia Sotomayor’s record on racial preferences has been flushed out for all to see, Leahy coughed, ahrem!:

“She understands that there is not one law for one race or another. There is not one law for one color or another. There is not one law for rich and a different one for poor. There is only one law.”

This is not something you might expect about a nominee who served 12 years on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (now the Latino Justice/PRLDEF), or the National Council of La Raza (“the Race”), both of which unabashedly advocate for race-based special rights for minorities along with a laundry list of other liberal causes like unrestricted abortion and economic redistribution.

And if Sotomayor is so committed to the rule of law, why has she been reversed four out of six times when her rulings have come before the Supreme Court?

Leahy again: “She has said that ‘ultimately and completely’ a judge has to follow the law, no matter what their upbringing has been. That is the kind of fair and impartial judging that the American people expect. That is respect for the rule of law. That is the kind of judge she has been.”

Really? Then why did Sotomayor summarily dismiss the reverse racism claim in the Ricci case from New Haven, Conn. white firefighters (and even one Hispanic) who had scored high enough but were denied promotions simply because of their skin color? Should they have spent more time in the tanning booth?

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.