It’s weird, really. If Barack Obama is as bad a president as the Republicans would have you believe, it should be pretty easy to run against him by just being straightforward. So why do Republicans keep lying through their teeth?
The welfare ads – everyone who has looked at them says they’re false. The $716 billion in Medicare “cuts” – another falsehood.
And then Paul Ryan, in the biggest speech of his life, blames Obama for the closing of a General Motors plant in his district that GM announced it would close, and laid off 95% of the workers, during the waning months of the George W. Bush administration. No, I am not making this up.
And that wasn’t the only whopper he told. You can read the fact-checks all over the place – from the lefties like Steve Benen on the Maddow show, to the centrist Dems at The New Republic, to the opinionistas at WaPo, to the uncategorizable libertarians like Dave Weigel at Slate, to the non-ideological crowd at AP, even to the righties at Fox News. Everyone is calling out Paul Ryan for just making sh!t up last night.
Everyone, that is, except the Boston Globe, which in its lengthy write-up of Ryan’s speech bizarrely does not even mention any of the numerous falsehoods that it contained. Hey, I’m no journalist, but when a major-party candidate for vice president includes several outright lies in the biggest speech of his career, that strikes me as newsworthy. Maybe the J-schools teach different.