And look, I'm aware of the fact that 'politician' is probably just another word for 'liar'. It's their job to lie, or to stretch the facts in order to make points about policy or to try to win an election. These are lies with big consequences, but I understand that, though they're big, they're also part of the game. It's what politicians do to win. or in moments when they succumb to political zealotry, or when maybe they're confused and trying to hide that. Fine. But when a politician lies about something when they don't have to, when it couldn't possibly make any difference, when it's almost certain that they'll be found out, and when it's certain that they didn't get it wrong because they were mistaken, well, then this is indicative of more serious problems. Psychological problems. In some ways this doesn't surprise me much. Personally, I think that anyone who professes to be a disciple of Ayn Rand and who isn't an adolescent boy probably has mental problems. But I will concede that that's debatable. But this, this sort of compulsive lying? He's not in control of himself. Can we trust him to serve the few functions of VP - representing the country at funerals even? Is this the guy we want in the oval office if Romney can't be?
You might think this is overly dramatic, but, for the second straight cycle, the Republicans seem to have nominated someone with serious deficiencies to be the person to step in if the president dies. And, once again, it seems, the Republican standard bearer, the guy who wants to be leader of the free world (and much of the rest as well) has ceded that choice to the yahoos of his party. So, it bespeaks not only a serious problem with Ryan, but, more importantly, with Romney as well.
McCain lost, I think, largely because of Palin. Romney's choice of Ryan is going to doom him in exactly the same way.