Lyin' Ryan lies. Willard Romney lies. Incessantly. The biggest challenge we have is to debunk them instantly, before their whoppers can take hold. Rapid response is mandatory.
It's both depressing and infuriating that candidates for the highest offices in the U.S. are basing their entire campaign on outright lies and their slithery ability to evade giving direct answers and elucidating policy positions. And what's worse is that voters believe them without bothering to fact check for themselves.
Which brings me to a rather disturbing, and very brief, exchange that aired on MSNBC last night.
During the GOP convention coverage, a delegate was being interviewed, and someone on the MSNBC panel (Chris Matthews or Ed Schultz maybe, I'm too sleep deprived to remember) jumped in to correct one of the lies. Again, if my sieve-brain remembers correctly, they asked the woman if she realized that Paul Ryan blamed Obama for a GM plant closed in 2008 under Bush. She was clearly a little surprised, and refreshingly honest, saying, "No! I didn't know that!"
So she was there to support candidates who deceived her.
And that's scary.
We have our work cut out for us.