No, the wooden boy has not thrown his jaunty cap into the ring.
But anyone who saw, heard, or read Rep. Paul Ryan's acceptance speech last night can be forgiven for thinking the kid with the extendable nose was in the race.
By almost every account, Ryan's speech was factually challenged. And that's being charitable.
My nod for the cleverest report goes to the Huffington Post's punny headline: "Paul tales." The headline's gone, but you can read the story here.
A virtual army of fact checkers tore through Ryan's remarks, pointing out untruths, exaggerations, and outright lies. For example, see here, here, and here. Even Fox News had to admit that parts of Ryan's speech were untrue.
It's hard to believe Ryan -- or whoever vetted this speech -- thought he could get away with some of these whoppers. The "you didn't build that" trope had already been dissected and declared mendacious by Bill Keller of the New York Times.
But that's really beside the point. One of Romney's pollsters had already affirmed that they were "not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."
It all reminds me of something I wrote long ago: People know what they feel without being entirely certain why they feel it. They’ll accept any argument that comports with their feelings; ignore all that contradict them.
A long litany of psychological studies prove it. And now Paul Ryan has demonstrated it on national television.
Fear not. I'm sure the Democrats will demonstrate the same principle next week. It seems endemic to our political system.