While most people were watching Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan wow the Republican Convention with his spirited rhetoric last night, many conservative new media bloggers and twitterers were rolling on the floors in front of their TVs, enjoying the hilarious reaction of MSNBC (cable NBC) pundits losing it. After spending most of the last few days focusing on the meme that Republicans are racist, two days of conservative speeches in every color of the rainbow (including Mia Love, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Kelly Ayotte, Artur Davis, Ted Cruz, Nikki Haley and Ann Romney on Tuesday; Condi Rice, Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Susanna Martinez on Wednesday)  seemed to have worn them down to a frazzled, deluded and panicked mush. (The twitter speculation of how Joe Biden might be reacting to the prospect of debating Ryan is equally comical, though pretty much unprintable.) You had to be tuned into MSNBC to get the full flavor of Rachel “nobody is as smart as she thinks she is” Maddow and her panel of Obama cheerleaders, but here is a video of the rest of the shiver-up-the-leg crew later that evening.

Looks like we are going to be hearing about the “fact checked” “Ryan lie” about the closing of the Janesville, WI General Motors plant ad infinitum, so for the record, here are the real facts. First, here’s the disputed quote from Paul Ryan’s convention speech:

President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two.  Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account.  My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.”

The Janesville Gazette reported on February 17, 2009 that the GM plan in Janesville “will end production on April 23, 2009” – that would be after Obama was president. The factory was petering out for a couple of years – but the Obama stimulus did not save those jobs, and the factory did finally close during his term. Here’s Obama’s speech in 2008. Human Events recapitulates the Paul Ryan/Janesville issues here.

Meanwhile, do tune into MSNBC to share the laughs tonight during Mitt Romney’s speech. Go Twitter!

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