Yesterday I fulminated a bit about the rapidly developing conservative claim (abetted by dumb media reports) that the President had claimed Jesus would support his tax policies during remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday. Suffice it to say, he said nothing of the kind. But now it’s getting worse: on the floor of the Senate, Orrin Hatch claimed Obama was comparing himself to Jesus. Here’s The Hill‘s summary:

“In 2008, the president declared that his nomination was the world historical moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal,” Hatch said in a speech from the Senate floor.

“Someone needs to remind the president that there was only one person who walked on water and he did not occupy the Oval Office.”

Hatch skewered the president for a remark he made at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning, during which he suggested Jesus might support his plan to raise taxes on wealthy Americans.

I’m sure some conservative CSPAN watchers enjoyed Hatch’s fine exercise of wit, but his quip began with a complete fabrication about what Obama said in 2008, and concluded with a fabriction of what he said yesterday. To help us understand the context, The Hill chipped in with another fabrication of what the president said yesterday.

C’mon, folks, don’t you have enough differences with the president to talk about without just making stuff up?

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.