For statements that were ruled to be â€œTrueâ€ and â€œMostly Trueâ€, itâ€™s Obama and Biden at 45.0 percent, Romney and Ryan at 29.1 percent.
When it comes to â€œFalseâ€, â€œMostly Falseâ€ and â€œPants on Fireâ€, itâ€™s Romney and Ryan at 43.9 percent and Obama and Biden at 28.8 percent.
In fact, Romney and Ryan have over 4 times as many â€œPants of Fireâ€ lies as the President and Vice President.
Mitt Romney himself has well over half of the total amount of â€œPants of Fireâ€ lies (58.6 percent) of all the candidates combined!
And there’s some charts at the link for the numbers-impaired amongst you.
(Illustration found here).
Despite all the noxious falsehoods, and just plain-down-right lying, some people on the street can see through the curtain:
“I canâ€™t figure out why he lies so much,â€ wonders Steve Putnam, a middle manager at a small company in another swing state, Colorado.
Putnam, 42, has a daughter in high school whoâ€™s already thinking about university.
He says he was an â€˜undecidedâ€™ until the second debate, and now will vote for Obama.
â€œMonday night he said he would expand Pell Grants but he and (running mate Paul) Ryan have both said they would cut them.
Didnâ€™t he tell students to borrow the money from their parents for school?â€ he asks.
â€œIf I had forty or fifty thousand dollars, doesnâ€™t he think Iâ€™d give it to Melissa for her education?â€
â€œHe said he would make student loans more affordable,â€ Putnam adds, â€œbut when I looked at his website, Romney says he will use banks again as a middle man for student loans. How does that make college more affordable?â€
Romney is just after the ignorant vote — people who aren’t paying attention to the details.
The Lohan Effect it’s called:
Ask the political scientists, pollsters, and other professional analyzers of the electorate who parse these sorts of things.
They will tell you — as they have told me repeatedly over the years — that undecideds or swing voters or whatever you want to call them tend to be low-information folks who cast their ballots based on whichever candidate gives them the last-minute warm-and-fuzzies.
Even if the pants do catch fire, too many knuckleheads won’t notice.