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The Republican presidential candidate is miles away from where he needs to be to unseat Obama from the White House
They set out on their long trek with two deeply mendacious speeches.
Mr Ryan's lies were more barefaced: he blamed the incumbent president
for the closure of a General Motors plant which went belly up under his
predecessor. Mr Romney's rewriting of recent history was just as bold.
According to him, the Republicans
in Congress accepted Mr Obama's victory in 2008 and, being the good and
generous people that they are, rallied round his presidency. They did
not block everything he did, or threaten to send government finances
over a cliff, twice. The most partisan and obstructionist opposition in
history has all been one giant misunderstanding. In a similar vein, Bain
Capital was a "small" company that "helped" other businesses. The man
with more wealth than the eight most recent presidents combined ended
this section by reaching out to Americans on two jobs at $9 an hour. The
hallucinogen powerful enough to cast Mr Romney as a man of the poor has
not yet been confected.