Republikanernas vice-presidentkandidat Paul Ryan är en lögnare som springer avsevärt långsammare än min dotter

Häromåret sprang min dotter maraton. Hur gick det, frågade jag. Jag sprang på under tre timmar, svarade hon. Jaha, jaha, det var väl bra, sade jag, utan att veta. Huru rätt jag hade i detta omdöme förstod jag först i dag då jag läste en artikel av Paul Krugman i New York Times.

 - It started when Hugh Hewitt, a right-wing talk-radio host, interviewed Mr. Ryan. In that interview, the vice-presidential candidate boasted about his fitness, declaring that he had once run a marathon in less than three hours.

- This claim piqued the interest of Runner’s World magazine, which noted that marathon times are recorded — and that it was unable to find any evidence of Mr. Ryan’s accomplishment. It eventually transpired that Mr. Ryan had indeed once run a marathon, but that his time was actually more than four hours.

- In a statement issued by a spokesman, Mr. Ryan tried to laugh the whole thing off as a simple error. But serious runners find that implausible: the difference between sub-three and over-four is the difference between extraordinary and perfectly ordinary, and it’s not something a runner could get wrong, unless he’s a fabulist who imagines his own reality.

- Obviously nobody cares how fast Mr. Ryan can run, and even his strange marathon misstatement wouldn’t be worth talking about in isolation.

- For Mr. Ryan, as you may recall, has positioned himself as an icon of truth-telling and fiscal responsibility, while offering policy proposals that are neither honest nor responsible. He calls for huge tax cuts, while proposing specific spending cuts that, while inflicting immense hardship on our most vulnerable citizens, would fall far short of making up for the revenue loss.

Full text of Paul Krugman, NYT, 2 September 2012


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