I agree. I ran a marathon in 1982 in 3:59:58. Any kind of a runner never forgets what his only marathon time was - so what was Ryan trying to accomplish?. Recall how much of a beating Gore took when he made his internet comment, which was an exaggeration, not an out and out fabrication, as Ryan's was. If Ryan just hadn't given his factually challenged RNC speech, this would have been more easily overlooked - but when it's part of a pattern to mistate for political advantage, it's very concerning.