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“It was a day late, but the Republicans’ parade of truth-twist­ing, dis­tor­tions and plain false­hoods ar­rived on the podium of their na­tional con­ven­tion. … Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Mitt Rom­ney’s cam­paign, rarely have so many con­ven­tion speeches been based on such shaky foun­da­tions. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey … an­grily de­manded that the Amer­i­can peo­ple learn the hard truths about the two par­ties, but like most of those at the mi­cro­phone, he failed to sup­ply any. He said his state needed his aus­tere dis­ci­pline of slashed bud­gets, can­celed pub­lic projects and bro­ken pub­lic unions, but did not men­tion that New Jersey now has a higher un­em­ploy­ment rate than when he took over, and never had the rev­enue boom he promised from tax cuts. … ‘We be­lieve in telling our se­niors the truth about our over­bur­dened en­ti­tle­ments,’ he said, but his party has con­sis­tently re­fused to come clean about its real plans to undo Medi­care and Med­i­caid. ‘Mitt Rom­ney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on a path to growth,’ he said, but Mr. Rom­ney has con­sis­tently re­fused to tell the truth about his tax plan, his bud­get plan and his health­care plan.”

“Rarely have so many speeches been based on such shaky foun­da­tions.”

“When Mitt Rom­ney chose Rep. Paul Ryan to be his run­ning mate, Democrats re­joiced. They were sure that the el­e­va­tion of the au­thor of the Repub­li­can Congress bud­get plan that called for re­form of en­ti­tle­ments like Medi­care guar­an­teed the pres­i­dent’s re-elec­tion. They had al­ready been plan­ning to run hard against the Ryan bud­get no mat­ter who was on the GOP ticket. But hav­ing Ryan as their pinata seemed like a dream come true. But … at the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion, as Ryan got his prime time spot ac­cept­ing his nom­i­na­tion, the rest of the coun­try be­gan to un­der­stand why con­ser­va­tives have been so de­voted to him. Ryan’s speech was not merely well ex­e­cuted but an ex­am­ple of how he earned his rep­u­ta­tion as the in­tel­lec­tual leader of his party. Even more im­por­tant, he showed that he and the man at the top of the ticket plan to run on the re­formist ideas that Democrats think work to their ad­van­tage. Far from shy­ing away from the Obama cam­paign’s Medis­care tac­tics, they are ready to rum­ble on a plat­form aimed at sav­ing en­ti­tle­ments against the sta­tus quo poli­cies of the ad­min­is­tra­tion.” —Jonathan S. Tobin for mag­a­zine

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