Fact: While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.
Fact: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.
Fact: Though Ryan insisted that President Obama wants to give all the credit for private sector success to government, that isn't what the president said. Period.
Fact: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the fact is that that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which, incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in his budget plan.
Ed Kilgore notes the effect.
I feel a little ill right now, if only because I suspect Paul Ryan gave a very effective speech that kind of epitomized the dishonesty of the Romney/Ryan campaign. He demagogued Medicare as a program he was desperately committed to defending from Obama as though he had not devoted a big part of his career to trying to disable the New Deal/Great Society “entitlements” as the sum of all evils. He alluded to the “tough choices” he ‘n’ Mitt would make without mentioning any of them. He attacked Obama for failing to implement the Bowles/Simpson commission report after he voted as a member of the commission to deep-six it. And there was nothing of his radical social agenda. It was all sizzle and no steak. But the delegates knew what he actually stands for, so they loved it. His views are so well known that he didn’t even have to issue that many dog whistles.
In a conversation with Paul Glastris this morning, he mentioned that when looking at Paul Ryan last night he kept seeing the face of Eddie Haskell. That’s exactly right: he’s the nasty piece of work who unctuously pretends to be someone else entirely when he need to do so. It only works when it’s done without a shred of conscience, but Ryan was up to the task. But since Ryan was supposed to be the brave truth-teller on the ticket, what on earth does that say about the kind of mendacity we are likely to hear from Mitt Romney tonight?I am not watching the convention. The Republicans have no place in their party for me, and have made it abundantly clear that they don't want me and don't share my values.