I was the captain of my track team in high school and also ran at the college level at Annapolis. I ran the quarter and the mile relay. My best time for the quarter was 48.8 at the Penn Relays in 1971. I came in a distant fourth.
I'm offering these details to illustrate that runners have vivid memories of their best races. I didn't break 50 seconds during high school. I didn't break 49 seconds until my third year of college.
There is no doubt or confusion about these facts. Runners always remember.
Paul Ryan was also a runner. He ran long-distance, and even ran a marathon once. By all accounts, he was an average athlete, like me. But the similarities stop there. You see, Paul Ryan is also a pathological liar. He recently told his fawning, gullible conservative fans that he once ran a marathon in less than three hours.
That was a bald-faced lie. Paul Ryan's best effort never broke four hours.
There is something disturbing about a man who will lie like this. Very disturbing.
In his landmark nonfiction work Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, David Simon observed that everyone lies, but they lie for different reasons. Some people lie because they have to. Some people lie because they think they have to. And some people lie just for the hell of it. This particular incident reveals a huge character flaw in Paul Ryan, for it is evident that he falls in this latter category.
The only explanation I can come up with is this: Paul Ryan has been indoctrinated into the Republican culture of deception. He wants very much to "be like Mitt," as does Pat McCrory. All three men will say anything and hide everything in order to pull the wool over voters' eyes.
They share a common bond. They are all liars.