Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Paul Ryan's Shenanigans

Ah, our wide-eyed, pants-hitching, serial-fabricator youngster is at it again.  The fibs he told as parts of his acceptance speech in Tampa have been fact-checked ad infinitum (and might have received even more attention had it not been for Clint Eastwood's performance with the empty chair).  Also exposed as a complete lie was his claim to have run a sub-3 hour marathon (a lie that especially galls me as a former cross-country and track athlete at the high school and college levels).

Now, Ryan claims that Obama's performance on the economy makes the Jimmy Carter years look good.  First, I'd take Jimmy Carter as a human being, humanitarian, and visionary (if flawed) leader over ten Paul Ryans, anytime.  Second, as WaPo documents, Ryan is once again massaging the facts.

I don't know what makes me angrier: Ryan's lying and distortions, or my sense that he knows he can pull these kinds of stunts all the way to November and still feel pretty certain that he won't lose any votes from a GOP base that values ideological purity and ferocity more than integrity and respect for an informed electorate.

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