Paul Ryan and His Many Methods of Misrepresentation
From the casual fib to the flat-out falsehood, these are the seven habits of highly misleading people.
Will Paul Ryan display all these highly misleading habits in the debate? We’ll find out tonight.
We’ll need to wait another day or two before we can make a more confident judgement on the size of Mr. Romney’s bounce, but the information we have so far points toward its being a little underwhelming.Nate Silver, “Romney’s Convention Bounce Appears Middling So Far.” (via quickhits)
The FiveThirtyEight ‘now-cast,’ which does not adjust for the bounces associated with the party conventions, estimates that Mr. Obama would have a 72.3 percent chance of winning if the election were held today. That’s essentially unchanged from before the conventions, when the number had ranged between about 70 percent and 74 percent.
Mitt Romney’s Slogan, “Keep America American” was the same slogan used by the KKK in 1922…
WOW HOLY SHIT
Holy fucking shit.
I think everyone needs to know about this.
Oh Mitt, you dumb fuck.
The U.S. Debt? “We Built It”
When Republicans devised their brilliant plan to shame the Obama administration by mounting this massive debt clock above the convention, they probably should’ve taken a second to consider the giant, ubiquitous catchphrase unfortunately placed right beneath it. If this is the kind of foresight Republicans bring to the table, it’s no wonder Bush left us with two wars and a huge round of tax cuts we had no way to pay for. The only person who should be suffering a “job crisis” right now is whoever thought this juxtaposition was a good idea. Maybe Romney should fire him. We hear he’s pretty good at that. Another unfortunate juxtaposition from the RNC (via Sign Placement Causes RNC Slogan To Backfire Completely | Happy Place)
Visual proof that Republicans can tell the truth (if only by accident).
A major party’s nominee for national office apparently just doesn’t care that he is standing in front of millions and telling easily catchable lies.James Fallows, on Paul Ryan’s GOP convention speech. (via theatlantic)
There is a famous [Paul] Ryan metaphor that he did not choose to revisit in his convention speech. ‘We are at a moment,’ he said in response to President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, ‘where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.’E.J. Dionne in yet another brilliant analysis of today’s politics, E.J. Dionne Jr.: The GOP’s tough-love approach — heavy on the tough - The Washington Post (via bohemiansouth)
A hammock? What, pray, is any liberal proposing that will allow any American to live in such complacency? Trying to make sure that more people have health insurance? Allowing the elderly to retire on that vast $1,230-a-month income provided by the average Social Security check? And then there’s welfare, which in all 50 states leaves recipients with an income equal to less than half the poverty line. Where’s the hammock?
But it was [Chris] Christie who came up with the most brilliant defense of a social Darwinist world in which those hardworking, job-creating billionaires are said to deserve even more than they already have. Anyone who speaks up against the New Plutocracy is accused, in Christie’s formulation, of longing too much for love. Our nation will be great again, he argued, only if politicians are willing ‘to say no when no is what’s required.’ Somehow, saying ‘no’ to further enriching the wealthy is not on the GOP’s agenda.
Romney Celebrates nomination under a Cayman Islands flag.
Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.
The floating party, hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht “Cracker Bay,” was one of a dozen exclusive events meant to nurture those who have raised more than $1 million for Romney’s bid.
“I think it’s ironic they do this aboard a yacht that doesn’t even pay its taxes,” said a woman who lives aboard a much smaller boat moored at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.
Romney’s Cayman-based investments have come under fire during the campaign.
I don’t know, maybe he just got back from visiting his money? I couldn’t come up with a more perfect metaphor if I tried: Mitt Romney, toasting his Republican nomination under a Cayman Islands flag. That’s what you call your “patriotism.”
At least, if you’re Republican.