It started when Hugh Hewitt, a right-wing talk-radio host, interviewed Mr. Ryan. In that interview, the vice-presidential candidate boasted about his fitness, declaring that he had once run a marathon in less than three hours.
∂ This claim piqued the interest of Runnerís World magazine, which noted that marathon times are recorded ó and that it was unable to find any evidence of Mr. Ryanís accomplishment. It eventually transpired that Mr. Ryan had indeed once run a marathon, but that his time was actually more than four hours.
But didnít the Congressional Budget Office evaluate Mr. Ryanís plan and conclude that it would indeed reduce the deficit? Iím glad you asked that. You see, the budget office didnít actually evaluate his plan, because there werenít enough details. Instead, it let Mr. Ryan specify paths for future spending and revenue, while noting ó in what sounds to me like a hint of snark ó that ďNo proposals were specified that would generate that path.Ē
∂ So Mr. Ryan basically told the budget office to assume that his plan would slash the deficit, then claimed the resulting report as vindication of his deficit-slashing claims. Sorry, but thatís the policy equivalent of sneaking into a marathon near the finish line, then claiming victory.