Paul Ryan a Compulsive Liar
September 1, 2012
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Wow! All along I’ve been assuming Paul Ryan ignores and twists the facts to advance his weird political agenda. That’s been the Republicon approach for the past four years so it’s to be expected. Now I read that in a recent interview the Prevaricator-in-Chief claimed that his personal best marathon time was “two hour and fifty something.” Read that again: 2 hours and 50 minutes. As someone who has run more than a dozen marathons I can attest that that time is very impressive. In fact, it would have put Mr. Ryan in about 20th place in last year’s Seattle Marathon–out of over 1,600 male runners. And he would have finished second in his age group.
Guess what? It was a little bit of an exaggeration. Races keep track of results and it turns out Mr. Ryan’s actual time was a little over four hours.
Why lie about this at all? He didn’t just not remember the exact time although he will surely claim that’s what happened. Believe me, any one who has run a marathon remembers the experience. And if one runs it in nearly world-class time, you don’t “misremember” by an hour.
I can only conclude that Mr. Ryan is a pathological liar: he can’t help himself. Heaven help us if this guy actually ends up in a position to run the U.S. economy.
—Sept. 2 Update. Of course, Mr. Ryan says he “misstated” his marathon time. I wonder if he’ll admit he misstated virtually everthing he said in his GOP Convention speech.