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• • Paul Ryan stokes passion among GOP, fact-checkers 
Martin Bashir, Martin Bashir - MSNBC Paul Ryan  |Video  | “MSNBC political analysts Richard Wolffe and David Corn and The Grio’s Joy Reid debate what listeners will remember from Paul Ryan’s RNC speech: the passion or the fact-checking?”

[6:45, Richard Wolffe:] I think it was a speech chock full of various contradictions ideologically and politically and just in terms of the factual statements that you went over earlier. What i heard last night was when Paul Ryan got out there and said the real problem here in this country for those of you who are suffering through a not great economy is central planners in Washington. Sanctimonious central planning. And he gave this vision of sort of that we’re all living in an American gulag, we’re part of this dark journey, adventureless, from one entitlement to another. It was very much Ayn Rand come to life.

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[8:55, Joy Reid:] I think you’re seeing, too, is sort of a triumph of what really has been a 30-year campaign by conservatives who very patiently built up a real grievance industry. It started with talk radio. It incorporates a sort of Ayn Rand Objectivism, which essentially narrowcasts to white working-class voters: “You’re a victim, society has turned on you. They’ve taken your stuff, they’re giving it to other people. You’re a victim. We are going to be the ones who are going to help you. We are on your side.” It’s almost sort of talk radio come to life in a presidential campaign.