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Cheap Shots 2012: The Twitterverse responds to Paul Ryan at the GOP convention
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When Paul Ryan accepted his party's VP nomination on Aug. 29 with a prime-time performance piece at the GOP convention in Tampa, his baffling mendacity alarmed more than half of the country and much of the Twittersphere. Here's an excerpt of how it sounded, in reverse, as is the way of the Twitter scroll.
- @EllenJM

@drgrist Yes. RT @jbouie: Between Ayn Rand and Led Zeppelin, it's clear that Paul Ryan is a 14 year old boy.

@AdamWeinstein Wife: "No, it wasn't all lies. He *has* a mom." #GOP2012

@CitizenCohn Breakdown of Ryan budget - 62% of cuts from low-income programs [ http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3723 ] … via @CenterOnBudget

@elonjames Apparently GOD, who gives us Americans our rights, thought "You know what black people? You can't have rights until 1964." #RNC2012

@7im Ryan voted for unpaid entitlement medicare part D #centralplanner #debt

@current Did Paul Ryan just effectively say his playlist begins with "Highway to Hell"? #ACDC #GOP2012 #Current2012 [ http://bit.ly/Oye6nL ]

@jesseltaylor Paul Ryan is young! He listens to NEWER classic rock!

@DavidCornDC But Ryan would kick those 20-somethings off their parents' health plans. #rnc2012

@jesseberney His mom went to a state-funded university to learn the skills she needed to start her business? WHAT'S THE THEME OF THE CONVENTION AGAIN?

@EllenJM Wait, Ryan's mom learned something great from teachers in Madison?

@HunterDK Well, the fact-checkers all hung themselves about ten minutes ago, so I hope he doesn't go on much longer.

@mattyglesias You'd never know from this speech that Ryan was on the Simpson-Bowles Commission and voted to reject the chairs' plan.

@ezraklein Do we really have an obligation to our grandparents to overpay private insurers and hospitals? Because, if so, I want to renegotiate.

@SlateRT @thinkprogress: Ryan now hitting Obama for the same Medicare savings he included in his own budget [http://thkpr.gs/RnYyj5]

@keithboykin Paul Ryan again blames Obama for plant that closed under George W. Bush. [ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/17/1121306/-Paul-Ryan-blames-Obama-for-GM-plant-closed-in-2008-under-Bush ]

@DavidCornDC Ryan refers to a GM plant without mentioning the auto bailout. Must have been an oversight. #rnc2012

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