Stephen Colbert added “truthiness” to our language; Aristotle gave us “shoeness” (the generic concept of a shoe). And now Republicans have contributed “mythiness”.

That describes all of the mythical stuff that the GOP has assigned to whatever comes to mind to savage President Obama, from minimum wages to birthplaces to Obamacare (healthyness?).

That came to mind when a major flaw was discovered in the Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union speech by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a rock-hard conservative of Washington. To dramatize her horror over the President’s ACA law, she told us about “Bette from Spokane”, who, we were soberly informed, was floored by a $700 increase in her health plan. Oh?

It gets a little confusing after that bombshell if you try to connect the dots to Bette Gernier’s complaint. Suffice it to say that after the Spokane Spokesman-Review checked Bette’s story it reported that she was referring to her rejection of a much pricier insurance option that neither you nor I could afford, Obamacare or not.

What’s more, Bette also told the paper that she hadn’t looked into a health insurance exchange nor would she ever “avail herself of federal subsidies”. And a Rodgers spokesman admitted that no one had checked Bette’s story before it was inserted in the response to the president’s speech.

Perfect, if mythiness is your thing.