posted on September 03, 2012 12:09
I wonder if Paul Ryan claimed in Greenville today that he once ran a four-minute mile? It wouldn’t surprise me, given his tenuous grip on the truth. If political lying was an Olympic event, Ryan would get the gold. And that’s saying a lot this year.
Fresh off his fact-challenged convention speech (see “GOP Convention Triage” below), Ryan told an interviewer he had run a sub-three hour marathon. That is a remarkable time. So remarkable that Runner’s World magazine got suspicious. And started asking questions. Ryan quickly backed down. It was actually just over four hours, he admitted. He laughed it off as a simple error.
Hold the mayo. I’m a runner. I have been for 40 years. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington some years ago. (Not close to three hours – or even four.) Runners know their times. You don’t forget whether your time was three hours or four hours or two days.
Ryan’s tale is like a golfer claiming: “Oh, did I say I broke 70? Oops! I meant I shot an 82.”
Now, this is a little thing. But little things can tell big stories. And this little fib suggests we have a candidate for Vice President who thinks we will believe anything he tells us.
Here’s what it tells us: Beware.