The use-it loser

A regrettable product of toxic politics is the durability of blatant falsehood. In his second debate with challenger Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama on Oct. 16 revived his administration's canard about foot-dragging by oil and gas operators on federal leases. On Oct. 22, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) obediently tried to make the farce appear serious. "You had a whole bunch of oil companies who had leases on public lands that they weren't using," Obama said in the debate. "So what we said was, you can't just sit on [these leases], decide when you want to drill, when you want to produce, when it's most profitable for you. These are public lands. So if you want to drill on publ...

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