Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan made it clear last night that he and Mitt Romney believe that they can win the White House by telling lies, over and over again. During his GOP convention speech, Ryan lied repeatedly and deceived the public proudly. We counted at least nine major falsehoods and outright deceptions — statements that can be easily debunked by the news media.
But Ryan and Romney have made it clear that they don’t care. They had to know that mainstream journalists would point out the deceit in Ryan’s speech — and it has been happening since last night. And because they had to know what the news media would do (even Fox News has called Ryan’s speech “deceiving”), it seems clear that they’ve made what may be an unprecedented political calculation: that it won’t matter if the news media points out their lies and deceptions because many voters no longer pay attention to the news.