There’s one bit of the Messina statement against Romney-Ryan I didn’t have space to address in my column: “As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.“
Obama and the Democrats make this argument all the time, and it’s ridiculous. Spending cuts didn’t cause the economic crisis: There weren’t any. Premium support didn’t cause it. Tax cuts didn’t cause it: Nobody has even advanced a coherent argument that they could have. Republicans shouldn’t let the Democrats get away with this ludicrous assertion.