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Lies, Damned Lies and Paul Ryan Lies

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So did Paul Ryan.

The Wisconsin congressman was one of 32 Republicans who backed the bailout, and his support was critical, as he was the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee -- which he now chairs. Ryan's support gave conservative credibility to the bailout at a time when Romney was writing a New York Times op-ed headlined: "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

In its response to the Romney's attempt to create the false impression that Jeep production in Toledo might be shifted to China, Jeep's parent company, Chrysler, dismissed Romney's line as a "leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats."

But the Republican vice presidential candidate has outdone the Republican presidential candidate.

Ryan's condemning President Obama for arranging an auto bailout that Ryan supported.

That's not the work of an acrobat.

That's the work of a contortionist.

Unfortunately, few in the mainstream media are holding Romney and Ryan accountable for their campaign falsehoods. Check out Eric Alterman's latest on the failed fact-checking of this election. 

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