It was a rough weekend for the Republican presidential ticket….

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney were battered… on the usually pretty-soft Sunday talk shows. How rough was it? As I worked out at the gym this morning, I watched Donald Trump lambaste NBC’s painfully moderate David Gregory as a virtually paid advocate for President Obama. Across the bottom was the headline: “Do the math.”

Romney and Ryan’s real problem was that they hadn’t done the math themselves, or at least they hadn’t shown their work.

Republicans had a rough weekend for two main reasons. First, their numbers don’t add up. Second, most Americans disagree with Republican proposals to convert Medicare into a premium-support program or to cut taxes on the most affluent. So Republicans propose trillion-dollar changes to American taxation and social insurance, and they hope to run out the clock to November 6 without providing the critical supporting details. It’s not working.

More here.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.