During Paul Ryan’s train-wreck interview with Chris Wallace (not to be confused with his train-wreck interview with Norah O’Donnell or his train wreck acceptance speech at the RNC), he dismissed the (as-yet unrefuted) Tax Policy Center study of the Romney proposal by saying:
It just goes to show that if you torture statistics enough, they will confess to whatever you want them to confess to.
This is an odd attack for someone whose platform endorses waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Isn’t it an admission that torture doesn’t work?
I’m sure that Ryan hasn’t thought this through. It’s just a good applause line for him. His entire career is a series of sound bites and talking points. In that, he very much resembles his fellow midwesterner, Jay Gatsby, for whom personality was simply a “series of successful gestures” and who fell in love with Daisy Buchanan because her voice “sounded like money.”
Gatsby was also a serial liar.