The Difference Between Political Lies and Political Dishonesty
September 04, 2012

Some smart pundits are saying the media shouldn't call out Romney and Ryan on dishonesty. Here's why they're wrong.

Unpacking Paul Ryan’s Centrist Reinvention
August 30, 2012

The early consensus on Paul Ryan’s speech is that he was speaking to conservatives. I heard the speech as much more of a lurch to the center.

The Most Dishonest Convention Speech ... Ever?
August 29, 2012

The most dishonest convention speech ever? At least five times, Ryan twisted truth beyond recognition. Here they are.

My Last Best Try at Explaining the Ryan Pick
August 29, 2012

Am I the only one who’s still head-scratchingly, shoulder-shrugingly, stare-aimlessly-at-the-heavens mystified by the Paul Ryan pick? Any explanation for the selection has to grapple with Ryan's enormous liabilities: He is a congressman who’s never run for office outside his Wisconsin district. He is the author of a wildly regressive budget plan that voters soundly rejected the one time they weighed in on it.

Christie Aims for Obamacare, Hits Romneycare. Oops.
August 28, 2012

Romney, GOP attack Obamacare for its "unelected board." But Romneycare has one, too.

Meet 5 Up-and-Comers Showcased at the GOP Convention
August 28, 2012

Meet the newcomers in the RNC lineup, including a former Hooters promoter and a GOP governor who's slyly leaving the door for Obamacare funds.

The Six Strangest Items in the GOP Party Platform
August 27, 2012

From Constitutional protections for fetuses to reviving the gold standard, the 6 strangest, scariest items in the GOP's party platform.

New TRB: Paul Ryan's "Tipping Point"
August 25, 2012

My latest TRB column ("Medicare And Brimstone") looks at the phony numbers and premises behind Paul Ryan's wonky "tipping point" rationale for hysterical GOP doomsaying about America's imminent destruction.

TRB From Washington: Medicare and Brimstone
August 24, 2012

Democrats and Republicans always claim that if their presidential candidate loses then the country will suffer. But this year, the GOP’s rhetoric has become apocalyptic. Mitt Romney says that he is running for president because “this country we love is in peril.” He wants to “save the soul of America.” Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, has a name for this looming Democrat catastrophe: the “tipping point.” In a 2010 speech, Ryan carried on like Kevin McCarthy in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. (“They’re here already!

The Definitive Guide to the Medicare Debate
August 22, 2012

My best effort to cut through the Romney-Ryan doublespeak on Medicare and explain what they really want.