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Paul Ryan's Rapid Rewrite of Election History

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Despite what Paul Ryan says, Obama won a mandate -- a bigger mandate, in fact, than Presidents Kennedy in 1960, Nixon in 1968, Carter in 1976 or Bush in 2000 and 2004.

To say otherwise is to deny what just happened.

Paul Ryan can try if he wants.

But he should remember what happened when he tried to peddle a fantasy about the closing of that Janesville General Motors plant.

Well, Ryan lost his home precinct in Janesville -- not just as a vice presidential candidate but as a candidate for reelection to his House seat.

Ryan lost Janesville, as a vice presidential candidate and a congressional candidate.

Ryan lost surrounding Rock County, as a vice presidential and a congressional candidate.

Ryan and Romney lost Wisconsin -- by such a resounding margin that Saturday Night Live was mocking the result on the weekend after the election.

When the rejection is so glaring that it becomes a punchline, it's a stretch to talk about a "close election."

And it's absurd to suggest that your ideas are popular.

Ryan isn't the only one rewriting the reasons for Obama's re-election. Check out Ben Adler on "Conservative Explanations for Romney's Loss."

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