Portrait, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, 06/15/09
(photo: Fred R. Conrad/NYT)
03 September 12
Remember Rosie Ruiz? In 1980 she was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon - except it turned out that she hadn't actually run most of the race, that she sneaked onto the course around a mile from the end. Ever since, she has symbolized a particular kind of fraud, in which people claim credit for achieving things they have not, in fact, achieved.
And these days Paul Ryan is the Rosie Ruiz of American politics.
This would have been an apt comparison even before the curious story of Mr. Ryan’s own marathon came to light. Still, that’s quite a story, so let’s talk about it first.