I didn't watch Paul Ryan's speech because I knew it would be irritatingly full of lies, which is exactly what republicans want. They only want to hear Obama demonized. Having a President and First Lady who are black has made republicans incredibly uncomfortable. It's why they began caring about the deficit and blaming government for every societal ill. The prejudice is unconscious and runs deep. It's why there are no more moderates in the GOP.
Obama has been an awesome president, cleaning up a huge mess that was handed to him -- our entire financial system going under, two messy wars, precipice of a depression, huge job losses, a plunging housing market, people's retirements in ruins. He's been cleaning up almost singlehandedly. The republican-controlled Congress has blocked him at every turn. One only needs to look at the progress that has been made to judge this president -- 27 consecutive months of job growth, an improving housing market, a thriving auto industry, a healthy Wall Street, corporate profits are up, 12 months of expanding GDP... That's extraordinary.
Ryan's speech was a doozy if the number of fact checks today are any indication. Here's a solution to the GOP lie fest. Media should insist on a copy of speeches beforehand, with the condition that the speeches are only for fact checking and not publication or airing. Then, when the speech is being given, media can fact check the speeches in real time. This would serve two purposes 1) it would help people make a more informed decision 2) it would encourage GOP liars to be more honest.
More fact checks.
New York mag