... is Paul Ryan.
No, it's pataQ.
Please bear with my while I explain. I know all your liberal spins and those are not germain to this post. I know all your conservative crushes on Romney/Ryan and those are not germain to this post.
I generally try to keep politics and politicians away from this area. I get into it with my sister on Facebook, but you know something broke this weekend that just got so under my skin.
I will say this: I disagree with President Obama's policies and I was planning to vote against him. And you know what? I am not comfortable voting against a candidate. I always want to vote FOR a candidate.
And here's the problem. I was not all the hep on Mitt Romney, but hey, he isn't President Obama. He picked Paul Ryan for his running mate. I heard all the hysterics about him and I pretty much discounted it because it was long on emotions and short on straight facts.
Then Representative Ryan did an August interview with NPR. HH = Hugh Hewitt, PR = Paul Ryan.
HH: Are you still running?
PR: Yeah, I hurt a disc in my back, so I donít run marathons anymore. I just run ten miles or yes. (TIM'S NOTE: He said marathonS)
HH: But you did run marathons at some point?
PR: Yeah, but I canít do it anymore, because my back is just not that great.
HH: Iíve just gotta ask, whatís your personal best?
PR: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something. (TIM'S NOTE: A sub-3:00 marathon? Really. Note what HH says, he understands.)
HH: Holy smokes. All right, now you go down to Miami UniversityÖ
PR: I was fast when I was younger, yeah.
In fact Runner's World investigated. Representative Ryan ran one, uno, a single, not two, just a lonely marathon .... no 's', not plural!
He ran it in 4:01:25.
Look, if you ask me if I had run any marathons, I would say that my first was technically the Baltimore, but it fell on the same day as my training go-the-distance run so I really count my Rock 'n' Roll Savannah as my only REAL marathon. And what was my PR? I might say About 5:20, 5:22. Not certain. Actually, if you look it up it was 5:21:58. But I would never claim a sub-4:00 PR. Even 25 years from now, I would know the difference between a super-5:00 and a sub-4:00 marathon.
Come on! You know your time. You do! Even twenty plus years later. Ryan's co-runners, those who finished near him, in that race knew theirs. Read this article from New Yorker.
You may consider this a minor thing. But it is not. Golfers judge others by how honest they are on the golf course. I never understood that feeling.
As a runner, now I do.
Paul Ryan has no honor. He is a pataQ. Hey, Paul Ryan! You didn't run that.
Now who was that Libertarian candidate? I took a recent poll that said that is where my real political feelings lie.