It's so much harder to narrow down the category when it comes to politicians, because they're all so good at being slippery with plain truth. But there are some who stand out. I couldn't even include Michele Bachmann, because she lives more in a world where none of us do than anything else. It's not so much that she lies as that she invents fantasies that don't even have a basis in fact. That's also true of Louie Gohmert and his pal Steve King. They're a trifecta of lunatics, but there are some actual liars in the pack.
The Nominees Are...
St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch - McCulloch's lies were legion and powerful. From his 'promise' to conduct a fair grand jury hearing in the Michael Brown shooting case to the way he and his colleagues duped the Grand Jury into considering all of the testimony in the frame of a law that was unconstitutional, McCullough perfected the art of the lie. All of that culminated in his interminable apology speech for failing to secure an indictment against Darren Wilson.
Putting on Witness 40 to spin a yarn for Darren Wilson when she wasn't even present when Mike Brown was shot could be the worst lie of all.
Rep. Darrell Issa - As head of the House Oversight Committee, Issa led the charge for the Benghazi! investigation until he torpedoed it, the IRS witchhunt, and stoked the Ebola crisis into a political win for conservatives.
But wait! There's more. After lying on the record at a Congressional hearing, Issa cut Elijah Cummings' mic before he could counter Issa, leaving all the lies for Fox News to chew on.
And for the low, low price of deportation, Issa slimed every DREAMer out there by calling for them to be sent back.
Last, but hardly least, Issa has led the slow, steady march toward the complete destruction of the United States Postal Service.
Darrell Issa's conduct as chairman of that committee came dangerously close to McCarthyism. Lies, half-truths, and overblown smoke were hallmarks of his now-ended tenure.
Ted Cruz - The stench of the lie is strong surrounding Senator Cruz. He's quite the master of the art of finesse, using slippery language to mislead and lie to everyone.
Cruz loves to lie about immigration reform and immigrants in general, a rather ironic choice for the son of a Cuban immigrant who was born in Canada.
Cruz is aghast at the possibility that there could be a constitutional amendment ending the Citizens United unlimited campaign finance decision, telling us all we'd lose shows like Saturday Night Live to it. Cruz loves Israel and hates Muslims.
Here's Ted Cruz in one video:
Ted Cruz is Nixon in cowboy boots. So many lies, so little time.
And the winner is...
This one was a really hard call, but in the end, Issa won the prize for his propensity to release partially edited emails and testimony to mislead the public as well as his behind-the-scenes narrative building for the sole purpose of electing more Republicans rather than governing the country.
Ted Cruz certainly could have shared the award with Issa, but the tiebreaker came with the mic-cutting stunt. Issa it is.
Congratulations, Darrell Issa, on earning your Liar of the Year award. Enjoy!