I was reading Joan Walsh’s latest at Salon when I came across a bald-faced lie:
The other component of GOP fakery Ryan exemplifies is the notion that a pampered scion of a construction empire who has spent his life supported by government somehow represents the “white working class,” by virtue of the demographics of his gradually gerrymandered blue collar district. (Emphasis added)
Paul Ryan represents Wisconsin’s 1st District. It’s pictured above. It’s about as un-gerrymandered as any congressional district in the country. It’s generally rectangular in shape, with one side set by the Wisconsin/Illinois border and another set by Lake Michigan.
But wait! There’s more:
I write about this in my book: guys like Ryan (and his Irish Catholic GOP confrere Pat Buchanan) somehow become the political face of the white working class when they never spent a day in that class in their life.
I guess she never heard of the Kennedys. But last time I checked, construction was considered a blue collar job.