It's unfathomable why Paul Ryan would say he ran a sub-3 hour marathon when there's clearly only one Kenyan in this presidential campaign, but at least he provided plenty of fodder for Democratic trolling. Some was anything but subtle, with Kathleen Sebelius telling an Ohio delegation, "Anyone who starts with the notion that you have to make up your marathon time tells you all you need to know about Paul Ryan."
But the primetime addresses were more indirect. First came Julian Castro…
"In the end, the American dream — the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation, but each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor."
You know, it might not be the best strategy to compare the American dream to Olympic events that most people have no chance of qualifying for. Just a thought.
Michelle Obama was subtler still…
And I've seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families — in wounded warriors who tell me they're not just going to walk again, they're going to run, and they're going to run marathons.
As James Fallows noted, "the only thing more impressive than working 'marathon' into a number of speeches was the absolutely straight face all speakers kept when using that word."
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