Then, so long as the obvious lies can be framed as serving that larger truth, the liar can present himself as the group’s “authentic champion.”
What’s the larger truth in Kavanaugh’s case?
I’m speculating now but I’d say there are three levels to it.
Of course these three logics are complementary. One, two, or three of them could be working for any one person.
Exposing lies is insufficient to reach across this kind of partisan divide. We have to look harder for the deeper implicit claims being made & why they resonate with those who seem unable to see the lies. They *can* see the lies but their *focus* is elsewhere