The White Lie That Forced 5 New Yorkers to Rethink Their Politics

They were horrified by Barack Obama's policies -- but only when they were described as Mitt Romney proposals.

In the video below, an interviewer identifies Barack Obama supporters in New York, says he's going to describe for them policies that Mitt Romney favors, and asks them for their reactions.

They're appalled. The policies described are unconstitutional, immoral, and imprudent, they say. What they don't realize is that they're all policies that President Obama has already implemented. It's fascinating to see them realize they're horrified by actions of the candidate they support:



It is easy to think the worst of the politicians we oppose, and to give politicians we support the benefit of the doubt. Then again, if these voters prepared for the election by reading the endorsement editorials in the New York press, how would they know any better than to answer as they did?

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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