The fact-checkers must have been putting in some serious overtime last night with the abundance of lies that passed for Paul Ryan's speech. It was telling to watch journalists on Twitter respond to Ryan's words without placing them in context of truth or ethics.
But over on MSNBC, there was one particular slam of Ryan's against President Obama that just couldn't go unmentioned: the closure of the GM plant in Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. See, we in fact-based community know that Ryan tried to save the plant by writing a letter, appealing for assistance, but in end, the plant was closed in December 2008, a full month before Obama took office:
In June 2008, Ryan sent a letter along with his Wisconsin colleagues Senators Russ Feingold (D) and Herb Kohl (D) protesting the closure of General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. “We ask that you reconsider the decision to close the Janesville GM plant and request a meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss OM’s plans for the Janesville plant, including the possibility of retooling the plant for different production lines,” said the letter from the three lawmakers to GM CEO Rick Wagoner. As Talking Points Memo’s Benjy Sarlin notes, Ryan actually voted for a Bush-era effort to expand government loans to GM, a plan that failed to save the Janesville plant.
But that doesn't stop Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker from trying to blame Obama as well. But Rachel Maddow politely yet firmly gets right into his face calling out the lie, with Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz not far behind. Look how smoothly the blank-eyed liar keeps lying.
Scott Walker was asked by Maddow if Walker thought the auto bailout was not effective. “It wasn’t in Wisconsin,” said Walker. “What we need is true prosperity and that comes really more effectively trough the private sector.”
“You run down the American auto industry at a moment when it really has come back,” said Maddow. “To see such a bright spot in the economy being talked about as if things hadn’t worked out in the auto industry since the bailout is a surprise, Gov.”
“It could have come back more effectively and sooner had they taken the advice of Mitt Romney early on and done a managed bankruptcy instead of spending all those dollars of taxpayers’ money that otherwise could have been done more effectively in the private sector early on,” Walker replied.
“Was there private sector credit available to save the auto industry,” Maddow asked.
“A managed bankruptcy is something that could have been quite effective,” said Walker.
“It was not Barack Obama's economic policies that closed that GM plant,” said Schultz. “It’s in the Washington Post right now, Gov. Walker.”