The Washington Post Pretends Monday Never Happened

On Monday the Washington Post published a terrible piece of “savvy” horserace journalism. The article began with the unsubstantiated premise that Paul Ryan is a “bold, specific, confident” truth-teller, and then, offering nothing but quotes from random politicos, went on to theorize about how Romney is hurting Ryan’s image and the campaign by misusing Ryan’s talents. You could easily summarize the article in five words: Romney is toxic to Ryan.

My how things can change in three days. Tonight the Washington Post is singing a different tune:

Voters in three critical swing states broadly oppose the far-reaching changes to Medicare ­associated with the Republican presidential ticket and, by big margins, prefer President Obama to handle the issue, according to new state polls by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation…

The future of Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly and disabled, has become a flash point in the campaign since Romney’s selection last month of Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, as his running mate. The choice of Ryan — who wrote a proposal that would move Medicare toward vouchers as part of an overall attempt to curb the deficit — is considered a bold and politically risky move, given Medicare’s popularity. Now, the challenges for Romney in the aftermath of the Ryan selection are becoming clear…

But voter distaste for a Ryan-like plan may insulate Obama from the political fallout. It appears that Medicare may have become a winning issue — for Obama…

Obama hammers the Ryan plan continually, telling supporters at a campaign event in Milwaukee last Saturday that Romney and Ryan would “turn Medicare into a voucher program in order to pay for tax cuts for the very wealthy.”

To sum up the article in five words: Ryan is toxic to Romney.

On one hand, I guess you could say kudos to the Post for publishing an article that’s based on some actual evidence. On the other hand, it seems the paper’s editorial process for political coverage can be summed up by the phrase “eh, seems legitimate.”

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