CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate brings to mind a 2011 TV spot by a liberal group.
It depicted an actor who looked like Ryan throwing a wheelchair-bound granny off a cliff.
The ad came out three months after the president called for "civility" in political discussions following the shooting of a congresswoman in Tucson.
Any time a Republican brings up saving Medicare, which will go bankrupt in a few years, Democrats roll out granny-over-the-cliff. Ryan set the record straight on "60 Minutes" on Sunday.
"My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida," he said. "Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they've organized their retirements around. In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger.
"And we think these reforms are good reforms that have bipartisan origins. They started from the Clinton commission in the late '90s."
Americans don't like scurrilous ads or Mediscare tactics that insult their intelligence.
Ryan can present the facts regarding the Medicare program.
Many Americans are so sick of being misled that they will award points for honesty.
THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared Mississippi the most obese state in the nation. A survey estimated that 33.5 percent to 36.3 percent of Mississippians are overweight.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program, reported that Mississippi has the highest percentage of people receiving food stamps.