Pretty Much Everyone Has Now Said Paul Ryan Is A Liaron September 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm
When even, Matthew Dowd, the chief political strategist for Bush’s stunningly dishonest 2004 campaign says you’ve gone overboard, that’s really saying something. Via ThinkProgress
DOWD: Paul Ryan, what he did in his speech, I think so stretched the truth. And I like Paul Ryan, have a lot of great respect for Paul Ryan, but the elements that he said about closing the GM plant which closed before Barack Obama took President [sic], about the Simpson-Bowles bill which he opposed and then all of a sudden he faults Barack Obama for. At some point, the truth should matter…He was trying to convey that Barack Obama was responsible for the closing of that GM plant and that isn’t true.
The 2004 campaign saw the advent of “swiftboating” which is now the official nickname for a blatantly dishonest smear campaign. It also saw John Kerry attacked as a “flip-flopper” which was not the case and convinced the conservative base that The Gay was about to take over the country (the base is extremely well-informed and level-headed said no one ever). One of the architects of that campaign said that Ryan went too far. Wow.