The morning after the last debate, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan went on CBS and responded to President Obama’s retort to Romney’s absurd and repeated claims about the U.S. Navy being smaller than at any time since 1916. It’s just so complicated, you see, that he doesn’t understand it:
Appearing on “CBS This Morning,” Ryan suggested the president was being petty: “To compare modern American battleships and Navy with bayonets – I just don’t understand that comparison.
“Look. We have to have a strong Navy to keep peace and prosperity and sea lanes open,” he continued. “The president’s, all these defense cuts, if all these defense cuts go through, our Navy will be smaller than it was before World War I. That’s not acceptable. And, yes, the … the ocean hasn’t shrunk. You still have to have enough ships to have a footprint that you need to keep sea lanes open, to keep our strength abroad where it needs to be.”
Of course you understand the comparison, you’re just lying. He wasn’t comparing modern American battleships with bayonets, he was comparing the century-old technology of 1916 with bayonets. You know damn well how idiotic and dishonest this argument is, you just don’t care. Because politics is all about lying and making shit up, then being able to keep a straight face while defending it.