It’s Ryan

And I called it on time. Now STFU and listen to what I’m saying… ๐Ÿ˜€

The news was suggested earlier on Friday when a chartered plane was seen in Janesville, WI, and the Romney camp announced it would be making an official announcement at the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk tomorrow. It’s now official. This is a very Romneyesque choice, and the location is tied in not only with Ryan, but also with Romney’s announced plans to strengthen our Navy. There are layers of branding here.

So much for Axelrod’s predictive powers.

On John’s show on Thursday night, I said it was either going to be Paul Ryan or Chris Christie. The week before I predicted the announcement would come this week, either on a Friday night or Saturday. Risky blow job bets in the heat of a buzz-fogged moment aside, I’ve been right about this the entire way. I get Mitt Romney, the way he thinks, and how he’s responding to the electorate. That much, I hope, is clear by now. Maybe it’s his character, or maybe it’s his midwestern upbringing, I don’t know. But for some reason I feel tapped in to this election campaign of his.

As John said in an e-mail to me last night, it looks like this “adult” thesis of mine will be tested. Yes, it will. And I’m still strongly betting on it. In the end, it didn’t matter if it was Ryan or Christie; one had created the budget ideas, the other had implemented them. That’s what this pick is about: the budget. What ails us cannot be cured overnight, or with magic potions. Continuing to spend what we are on what we do is not an option. Big change is coming in that department if Romney is elected. He did it with so many companies under Bain, with the Olympics in 2002, and again in Massachusetts as Governor. Streamlining and filling budget holes is why he’s know as the “turnaround artist.”

Many will be dissatisfied, and I expect your truly to be among them ultimately. But the grown ups who I expect will see him through to office know this. I certainly know this. But we also know that we must do something radically different if we are to brave these uncertain waters and muster what we need to come out of these dark days with the American way of life preserved. We won’t have all that we do now, that’s for sure. But what’s the point of having an $800 iPhone if you can’t pay the mortgage? What’s the point of taking on a mortgage if you’re tens of thousands of dollars in debt via student loans, car payments, and massive credit card debt? We must be reasonable in our expectations. The juggernaut of consumption-based debt had to stop somewhere. I would rather it stop at my doorstep than pass it along to my daughter, as so many have seemed willing to do.

This is where the Gen Xers will come into their own. I’ve said before that we’re more like our Depression-era-baby grandparents than like our boomer parents. I’ve often wondered if we would always be crushed under the weight of the boomer generation until the very end of our lives, but I’m starting to think that these are the days when we will begin to lead the nation back from the precipice that our parents took us to. Paul Ryan is one year older than me. Born in 1970, he’s definitely Gen-X.

It’s a smart pick, not only because it empowers those in my age group for the first time at this level, but also because he has the experience of the common person before coming to Congress. He did not go to an ivy league college and literally worked his way up to his position via a series of family jobs and selections as aides to various political players in Washington. He gets Washington, but he’s not of it. He will also likely pull Wisconsin fully into the Romney column, disrupting the electoral map a little. With 10 electoral votes in play, that won’t be much disruption, but it’s some. And I expect it will have wide repercussionsin in other midwestern states, like Ohio and Michigan, and in the western part of Pennsylvania.

It also suggests that Romney is embracing the midwestern dynamic I discuss with my jazz analogy in a comment on my Friday post. Up and down the Mississippi, all the way to Madison, WI we see this new, bold idea of economic reform taking root. From Jindal, to Fallin, to Daniels, to Walker, these ideas are what the future will look like as what Walter Russell Mead calls the Blue Social Model continues to fall apart.

Much will be made in the coming days about Ryan’s experience as a part-time driver of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile and his side gig as a personal trainer, or as a camp counselor in his youth. To my way of thinking, these are selling points with ordinary Americans. Ridicule it at your peril, creative class and Obama campaign. You have officially been put on notice. Romney is serious, and he’s playing to win.

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121 Responses to It’s Ryan

  1. Lulu says:

    This pick also shuts up a lot of conservative sniping. It further unifies and revs up the Repubs. Like I said earlier Ryan will be Romney’s accountant and liaison with a Republican Congress. I’m not sure that Democrats demonizing Ryan will work since they demonize everyone and it is showing diminishing effectiveness. Ryan has been in Congress since 1999 so saying he is inexperienced is going to bring unflattering comparisons to Obama himself.

    • Exactly. On all of those counts. One thing that will become clear in the course of time is how much this pick has the potential to dislodge states like VA and KS from Obama’s 2008 column, in addition to the states I named in in the post. These are all heavily Tea Party states, and while this was ultimately about the budget, it’s also a big WELCOME to Tea Party supporters who were fussing recently, as well as Tea Party leaners.

      • Lulu says:

        CNN already has that POS Bill Bennett touting the conservative stuff.
        Just an aside observation, CNN has all the old dogs on air. I think they delayed releasing the rumors until the after the Bots had already started their stress relief of choice (not that there is anything wrong with that) and would not be able to be on air early unless they appear at less than their best. Blitzer, Crowley, Gergen, Bennett, John King etc. The younger hipper Bots aren’t up to early weekend morning calls. I feel certain that Romney as a tee-totaler and very self-disciplined pulls all the time. It is a contrast to Obama and I am sure they are playing it up.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Oh good, you’re here.

    Iโ€™ve been awake all night so as soon as the official announcement is over Iโ€™m gonna try and get some sleep.

  3. They just used my Gen-X talking point on CNN…

  4. Hilarious, these CNN jokers are like, is he making a mistake announcing the day before the Olympics officially ends? Heck no! That’s part of the timing! American won big, and with this announcement, it all gets shuffled together with news of those winners, reflecting back on Romney’s incredible job with the 2002 Olympics. Like I said. Layers of branding here.

  5. OMFG! Wolf Blitzer just asked if it mattered that Ryan hadn’t had any big managing experience and Jon King responded, “Well, it worked for Obama.” Priceless!

    • cj says:

      I’m watching FOX, and Joe Trippi has turned out to be a surprisingly good political pundit. Both he & Krauthammer think that the election will rest on which side frames the narrative better in the next few weeks.

      He said the Dems are celebrating now, but they may live to regret what they wished for.

    • Lulu says:

      Uh, yeah that’s a dead end.

      • T says:

        Funny how it wasn’t a dead end for Sarah Palin (of course, she had that experience, it just wasn’t enough experience…whereas, for Obama, NO experience was plenty).

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Gawd, I despise Donna Brazile

    • Me too. Hubby was shocked when I walked up to the TV and yelled, eat my (censored)! just now. But I hate her. I hate her more than I hate just about anything.

  7. PiperMN says:

    As a long-time Dem. (yes, I’ve been around the block several times) we have voted for Paul Ryan since 2004 when we relocated to Wisconsin. He is a good guy and will be able to speak without a tele-prompter on many subjects unlike our current pResident. They’ll have to start a detox program with Uncle Joe so he can debate Paul without making a laughing stock of himself.
    It will backfire big time If and when the dems and the ‘won’ try to pillorize Paul and his family – the contrast between them and the ‘wons’ is too great which will turn off more and more people. The liberals supposedly only account for 20 maybe 25% of the population. People will tell pollsters one thing and secretly cast their ballots for the other side.

    • leslie says:

      Theyโ€™ll have to start a detox program with Uncle Joe so he can debate Paul without making a laughing stock of himself.

      That isexactly what I said to my friend a few minutes ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. catarina says:

    Paul Ryan..ohyeah..

  9. cj says:

    Laura Ingrahamโ€@IngrahamAngle

    “Ten days ago Paul Ryan told me on air that he hadn’t spoken to Pres. Obama in over a year. Heckuva a way to get his attention.”

  10. votermom says:

    This is a neutral pick for me. It doesn’t diminish my support for Mitt & it doesn’t increase it.

  11. myiq2xu says:

    Only 20 minutes late, not bad.

  12. cj says:

    After weeks of sleaze, I think Romney just drew a line in the sand & said to Obama, we’re doing this on my terms, bud.

  13. votermom says:

    Paul Ryan’s new twitter account

  14. yttik says:

    I think this means Romney has just moved from defense to offense. Ryan is going to need to be like Sarah Palin unleashed and bring some passion into this campaign.

  15. votermom says:

    I have to admit Romney & Ryan is the Handsome & Handsomer team.

  16. myiq2xu says:

    Okay, I heard enough. Now I remember why I hate listening to speeches.

    Paul Ryan has convinced me. I’m not voting for Obama.

    • leslie says:

      c’mon . . . you weren’t voting obama to begin with. Now, maybe you’ll vote Romney/Ryan.

    • T says:

      Oh, good, you’re still the same myiq, still a liberal, I think. Around these parts, that’s a scarcity.

      • votermom says:

        Obama’s made “liberal” a dirty word, imo. After the left refudiates him, then maybe ….

        • cj says:

          Dirty word? He destroyed the very concept. The FDR coalition is gone, finished, blowing in the wind and replaced with the Chicago Cosa Nostra. I don’t even know if perennial loser Donna Brazile expected that.

          All bets are off, the choice isn’t between 2 different ideologies anymore, you either vote for the conservative, or you vote for the crook.

        • catarina says:

          you either vote for the conservative, or you vote for the crook

          bumper sticker please.

  17. Still processing this- but my initial reaction is WTF? Pandering to the extremists?
    As for Western PA (where I live)- Romney had that sewn up anyway. Large swaths of PA are as red as red can be- and IT. Does. Not. Matter. The only votes that count in this state are the districts around Philly, Pittsburgh, State College and perhaps Scranton Wilkes Barre. PA is a winner take all state for electoral college votes- so we all might as well stay the hell home for as much good as it does us to cast a vote. The congressional districts are concentrated in the big cities- and they over ride our votes. Which pisses me off to no end. If we turn out 50,000 and all vote R and the Philly districts turn out 1,000 and all vote D- they override our votest. All the O camp needs to do is win the two big cities and we are toast. Romney/Ryan are not going to win in Philly or Pittsburgh so
    Put those 20 electoral votes in the O column.

    • DandyTiger says:

      I don’t think PA was ever a possibility this time around. VA on the other hand will go for Romney/Ryan. Despite Ryan, I don’t think WI is possible either. CO is looking good for Romney. I think it comes down to OH and FL. Again.

    • votermom says:

      I still have hope for PA.

    • melisshka says:

      Come in off the ledge, PMM, I don’t think it’s that bad. Scroll upthread and read PiperMN’s post. That’s a Dem in Wisconsin who has been voting for Ryan and likes him. Philly is a concern, but maybe not as much as you think. I think Obama alienated at least some black voters with the same sex marriage stuff. The progressives were a lost cause anyway and the Philly suburbs are purple, but I think Ryan helps in that area too. Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Wilkes Barre are not the same types of liberals as Philly. More Reagan/Clinton dem types as opposed to elites. And of course, here in the “T”, as Carville and others put it, Ryan will probably go over pretty well.

      • I pray you are correct melisshka- but it looks pretty dismal here in NW PA. The 1-79 corridor is going to go red, except Erie and Pittsburgh. The middle of the state will stay red as usual. But Philly has the population, hence the districts, hence the electoral votes. And Biden has his ties to Scranton (which was solid Hillary country- as was the rest of PA)
        There was a plan floated to award the electoral college votes according to how the individual districts voted- with the two extra going the way of the statewide popular vote. That went nowhere unfortunately.
        I have yet to see a single Obama bumper sticker here in bitter clinger land- but no Romney either. Early days I know- but the old 2008 bumper stickers are non existent as well. Down in Pittsburgh it is a different story- the O 2012 stickers are all over the place.
        I would LOVE to see PA go for ABO- but I don’t see how.
        And what is the “T”?

        • melisshka says:

          This is probably a bad paraphrase of Carville, but here goes: PA is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with “alabama” in between. The T is alabama. Central PA and the northern tier of the state too.

        • leslie says:

          I have only seen 1 Romney sticker here in IL, but my car would be totally desecrated by the “liberals” around here if I actually had a Romney sticker on it. Maybe the same mentality exists in PA? It’s safer not to declare intent.

        • Ah yes melisshka- Thanks- that is true- the entire state is red- except the two big cities and few pockets like state college-
          As I said before though- the only votes that count are the Philly/Pittsburgh ones. We can come out with torches and pitchforks- and still they convert our votes to the winner in Philly and Pittsburgh.

  18. driguana says:

    Leadership on the horizon!!! But it’s more than the debates now…it’s time to hit Obama and the faux media hard and relentlessly, fast and furiously one might say. What was Obama’s budgetary, fiscal, foreign policy and management experience before he was elected? Name it and lay it out there! Let’s see the college records from Occidental, Columbia and Harvard….right now! Who exactly did he work for as a “community organizer”? How was it funded? What exactly did he accomplish as a US Senator? As an Illinois State Senator? How many law reviews did he write as the head of the Harvard Law Review? What private sector companies has he worked for? Who are the top 50 Obama bundlers and where are they now? No more shoulder shrugging!

    • Leadership on the horizon!!!

      I love how so much of this lends itself to naval sayings. I didn’t see that before, but it became very obvious to me in the last two days. At first, when I saw Romney’s 21st Century America plan, I was like, WTF? Navy at the top? Why? I got the jobs part of it (shipbuilding will bring massive jobs, ftr). And I supported it, of course, married into a Navy family like I am, but I didn’t understand it. But I do now. It’s about nostalgic branding and nonconfrontational military language.

  19. T says:

    The choice also solidifies the Democratic base and chases people who were drifting to other candidates back to Obama. Take me, for instance. Where I was once going to vote 3rd party, as of today, I’m going to vote for Obama. I hate Obama as much as anyone here, but the reality for me at least is that Paul Ryan is a whole lot more than 2% more evil. And no, I don’t get this from orange blogs, but from his own words. Of course, he says what all the Dems and Repubs in Congress actually think and don’t have the political courage to say. But the notion that he comes right out and says it? Well the guy is a pig. May he rot.

    For the left, I think Ryan solidifies the Romney ticket as the hatchet-man ticket. I haven’t come to any conclusions on that idea with Romney. However, Paul has his hatchet in hand every day in Congress, loudly proclaiming what he wants to do to the poor and elderly. Romney may even lose a few Repubs over this, especially people nearing retirement. Cutting and privatizing Medicare and Social Security wasn’t popular when Bush tried it. It’s not popular now when for many, it’s their only means of survival in old age. I really think choice has made Obama’s job really easy.

    • yttik says:

      Ryan is a lot more complicated then simply being an evil R who wants to force the elderly to eat cat food.

      Here’s a moment of him and bill clinton meeting:

    • catarina says:

      A “pig?” that is hilarious.

      if the “pig” wants to give me control over my retirement money instead of letting congress play with it at zero percent interest, then long live the “pig.”

    • DandyTiger says:

      I think the Ryan pick will definitely have the effect it’s had on you for many sliding Dems. Of course they have to pretend Obama isn’t the one cutting Medicare by 700 Billion (that’s a B) and has been making drastic cuts in SS since he’s been office. And they have to pretend Ryan’s initial proposal is where those efforts ended. It will certainly work for many.

      The funny thing here is, Obama is stll the more conservative, even when compared to Ryan. But since he has a D after his name, it’s OK. And on top of that he’s destroying the Dem and liberal brand, and he’s stunningly incompetent.

      I’m liberal. So of course I’d rather have Romney/Ryan win. It’s a two-fer. It puts competent people in charge who actually want to fix things, though I disagree with many of their policy leanings, and it will clean up the Dem party.

    • catarina says:

      Oh, and if ‘the pig” wants to give me a medicare voucher, that’s fine too.

      Since Mass. de-regulated auto insurance, my premiums have gone down every year.

      That piggy free market competition stuff sure seems to work.

    • leslie says:

      HAve you been listening to Candy Crowley at CNN? I just did and wanted to throw the darn teevee out. She is almost as scary as Brazille. Here is a link for you. Maybe it can help clariify a bit.

    • WMCB says:

      Have you actually READ Ryan’s SS plan? It changes nothing for current or “near” seniors, and gives later generations the OPTION of choosing the same damn private retirement accounts that Congress gets. And it has a floor, so no, you cannot “lose it all” even if the market tanks – you still get a minimum check. Nothing on offer is wild-eyed speculative stock trading, it’s sedate, run of the mill mild growth funds.

      My question is, where do the PRIVILEGED people get to put their money? When people have a choice, do they choose an interest-bearing retirement account, or choose contributing to a system that basically stuffs it in a mattress (when Congress is not stealing the fund blind)?

      No one with a brain would choose the latter. Yet the left keeps screeching that giving the average dude the SAME CHOICES with their SS contributions as the smart and privileged get with their retirement dollars is a horrible horrible thing. Why???

    • trixta says:

      BO is already decimating Medicare to pay for his corporate-give-away Obamacare. As I recall, BO’s minions Sebelius and McCaskil were arguing all along (just before Obamacare was shoved down our throats) that Medicare was obsolete. Don’t think for a minute Obama and the corrupt Neo-Dems want to save SS; it’s next . They just want to make sure the windfall goes to their own dirty coffers.

  20. One thing this pick will do is separate the wheat from the chaff. The people still clinging to their ideological teddy bears, especially on the liberal side, will be pushed further back into the corner. See T’s comment above.

    I don’t think they understand how hungry people are to see Washington tighten its belt just as we have out here on Main Street. There’s a major constituency shake up coming down because of this pick. Those who say this will alienate seniors are not paying attention.

  21. DandyTiger says:

    I can’t wait to see who Ryan murdered, and what felonies he’s committed. Should be fun to watch.

  22. Folks, I have to go run a teenage girl across state lines. ๐Ÿ˜€ Be back in a couple of hours.

  23. votermom says:

  24. DandyTiger says:

    Obama already played the murder card. Romney murdered a woman, according to Obama. Kind of hard to top that. So whenever they say anything negative about Romney or Ryan, just say, hey, that’s better than Romney murdering that woman, so really, eh, what else you got that tops murder?

    • votermom says:

      Harry Reid said that the ghost of Elections Past told Nancy Pelosi and she told him that Mitt gave granny cancer then Ryan pushed her off the cliff.

    • driguana says:

      Hey, there are still two eqaully offensive cards to play: 1) racism and 2) terrorism. Just watch….the Republicans now have two “white guys” running…that will send the “progressive” black and latino squads out in full force….see, they’re coming for us…and, secondly, they are ready to destroy America….by not helping the downtrodden. These “causes” will be thrown up immediately and rather than fight them individually, R squared (don’t know how to type that just yet) now needs to push hard and relentlessly on Obama’s lack of experience to be president in the first place. I posted and earlier comment on this.

  25. catarina says:

    Lots of Dems are screaming that the Ryan pick will force them to vote for Obama again.

    I call bullshit- hey’d have voted for Obama anyway.

    Now they can say it out loud and blame Ryan.

    Chicken shits.

    • DandyTiger says:

      If you vote for Obama, don’t complain about the economy, the extended wars, extended rendition, drones, destruction of medicare and SS, etc. And don’t complain about where that level of incompetence and narcissism leads us.

    • cj says:

      Why? Do they actually think Obama wants to *save* medicare & SS? lololol

      • yttik says:

        What makes the whole, “Ryan wants to destroy SS” thing insane, is that he not only wants to preserve it, he wants to increase it for the poor and decrease it for the wealthy! He says, “As part of a plan to strengthen the safety of that nationโ€™s most vulnerable citizens, lower-income seniors should receive more targeted assistance than those who have had ample opportunity to save for retirement.”

        He states over and over again, “As Chairman House Budget Committee, one of my top priorities is to preserve the Social Security safety net and make sure the program remains solvent for future generations.”

        • cj says:

          Yes, I heard him say that & I also read reports that Barack Obama was being very, hmmm, “flexible” with congressional repubs on the issue… in secret meetings, behind closed doors, of course.

          If anyone has contempt for the elderly & the poor, it’s Barry Obama & his wife. Just open the files on Valerie Jarette & Co.

        • leslie says:

          If anyone has contempt for the elderly & the poor, itโ€™s Barry Obama & his wife.

          Just look at what she did in Chicago while working for the Univ of Chicago Hospitals. Emptying the poor from the ER and dumping them on hospitals that were poorly equipped and staffed. They might just as well have thrown them onto the streets.

        • cj says:

          She helped create the program, and was paid what? $300,000/yr to do it. And all of it was neatly buried by the press. Axelrod, Slumlord Jarrett & the Barry Obamas, yeah they’re looking out for us.

        • trixta says:

          Wow! I had no idea Ryan said that! This statement should be in campaign ads PRONTO!!!!!

    • foxyladi14 says:

      HONK HONK!!!!!!

  26. tommy says:

    That link from the right wingnut site in the previous thread is hilarious. ‘Zombies used to be slow. They’re getting fast now? Yup, they see Ryan coming’. ‘Cheney taught GWB how to murder. Ryan taught Cheney’. Lol

  27. Romney the moderate and business man I could have and would have voted for. Did not and will not vote for O- ever.
    But all other things besides- Ryan is a gift to the Dems as far as women’s choice issues go is he not? He did co-sponsor that Sanctity of Life thing. I can envision the whole war on women meme getting screeching loud all over.
    I am still not voting o- but as my vote won’t count anyway- may write in none of the above or vote third party as a protest.

    • gxm17 says:

      I agree with you, PMM. It gives the Dems the abortion stick to beat up women with. Not that they wouldn’t have used it anyway. My vote doesn’t change, I’m still in the Stein column. Just hope Romney and Ryan can take out the doofus twins currently wasting space in the number 1 and 2 spot.

  28. WMCB says:

    Fantastic pick by Romney. Let’s have the serious fiscal discussion, dammit.

    I love Paul Ryan. Don’t always agree with him, but he lays it out there and talks like a FUCKING ADULT, not unicorns and rainbows.

    He pisses off the old guard GOP with stuff like this video below, where he talks about crony capitalism, and the time-honored corruption of using the tax code to pick and choose who prospers (high rates, but lots of tailored loopholes for yer buddies, so they never have to pay that rate – just the unconnected peons do.)

  29. WMCB says:

    LOL! I’m around, just have not been online at all. Thanks dor the warm welcome, tho. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. WMCB says:

    Another atrategic plus to the Ryan pick, and pointed out by a commenter at Althouse.

    Despite the “dangers” of talking about things like SS and Bain Capital, the truth is that it is OBAMA who needs to make this election about anything and everything BUT the economy. He could’ve done that with perhaps a Rubio or Jindal pick. He could’ve made it all about immigration or oil or whatever.

    But now? No way. It is simply not possible to go on offense against Paul Ryan without getting knee deep in economic issues. There’s no other line of attack, because the man eats and breathes spreadsheets and budget projections.

    Is there a danger and downside for Romney? Sure. But having the election ball almost entirely in the economic court hurts Obama MUCH worse than having it anywhere else.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Agree. Everyone will be talking about budgets, entitlements, debt, and the economy. And as much as the Obama campaign tries to scare the shit out of people about what the evil Ryan will do, many will look around and say, um, you ain’t so hot yourself.

      I also think playing the murder card so early will come back to haunt Obama too. Because after you’ve already said the guy is a murderer, everything else seems a bit tame.

    • I don’t think there’s much of a down side for him with intuitive or intellectual thinking voters, which most of the country falls under. The rabid partisans, the ones who don’t want to give up yesterdays single issues, sure, but most of the country is not like that. They were likely never going to vote for a Romney ticket anyway.

      People are not getting this pick. I monitored the press reaction via my smart phone on the way back from the OH state line today. Ezra Klein says it’s a fear-pick. Others say this is a gimme to Dems, and still others lick their lips at the idea of smacking women back into the left line through resurrecting the WoW.

      What they don’t get is that this pick is perfectly in line with who Romney is. Ryan is a grown up, capable of having a hard debate in a reasonable tone. And he, like Romney, genuinely wants to offer a fair playing field for all Americans.

      Wall Street has a hard on thinking they are getting one of their own in office, which is why their donating so much money, but Romney has NEVER been of Wall Street. How quickly they forget MA under his control. EVERYONE took a hit in that scenario, but it worked. And he did it without raising taxes. He did it by closing largely business loopholes, some deregulation, and fee increases.

      Bernacke’s money window is closing under Romney. No more free money pulling the value of the dollar down. And corporate welfare will be just as up for discussion as individual welfare. It’s going to be somewhere between what you saw in Iceland in 2008 and what we’re seeing in Europe right now. It’s going to be a hard pill to swallow for a lot of folks, but it’s going to create a robust economy in very short time. In the meantime, Romney will use what he can–the Navy shipbuilding and the Keystone Pipeline–to increase jobs in the here and now.

      For all these reasons, Ryan was the superior pick of the entire field of hopefuls. And I love that. Because it means that Romney really is a guy who will empower people on the merits. You work hard, you will be rewarded. And you can build it with Romney.

  31. carol haka says:

    This is why Sarah Palin is the accomplished leader she is today – She “doesn’t need a title to effect change”.

    Stolen comment from

    “john Today 12:16 PM

    Hello, all. Don’t bother comparing speeches, and ignore the morons with their comparisons. I, for one, am stunned by the choice, because it isn’t just ‘red meat for the Right’. It’s also ‘red meat’ for Sarah. What follows is a re-posting of something I put in the open thread for those who have their doubts (remember, Ryan’s message might not be as pure or unfiltered and his delivery may not be as forceful, but it’s still the same in the same way that Orrin Hatch’s message on fiscal policy is the same as Sarah’s and the reason she endorsed him in his primary):

    I haven’t posted a word since Sarah opted out in 2011, but anyone who doesn’t think that Sarah is going to be 100% on board with the Ryan pick is nuts. I draw your attention to two tidbits from 2010:

    1. Sarah’s first interview with Chris Wallace:…. Here’s the interesting part:

    WALLACE: Handicap the 2012 GOP presidential race for us. Who’s the front-runner?
    PALIN: No idea. I have no idea.
    WALLACE: You’re not a very good analyst.
    PALIN: Fire me then, Roger. Sorry. I already failed. But listen, no, we have some strong, some young terps (ph) in this party. Paul Ryan, I’m very impressed with Paul Ryan.
    WALLACE: Congressman from Wisconsin.
    PALIN: Yes. He’s good. Man, he is sharp, he is smart, articulate and he is passionate about these common-sense solutions that America has got to adopt to get us on the right road. I can name a whole lot of people.

    She then named NOBODY else, even when asked specifically about Romney or Huckabee or Pawlenty.

    2. When everyone and their mother was dumping on the Ryan plan and Republicans were running from it, here was Sarah’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled WHY I SUPPORT THE RYAN ROADMAP:…. The telling line for me . . . ” Put simply: Our country is on the path toward bankruptcy. We must turn around before it’s too late, and the
    Roadmap offers a clear plan for doing so. But it does more than just fend off disaster. CBO calculations show that the Roadmap would also help create a “much more favorable macroeconomic outlook” for the next half-century. The CBO estimates that under the Roadmap, by 2058 per-person GDP would be around 70% higher than the current trend. Is Rep. Ryan’s Roadmap perfect? Of course notโ€”no government plan ever is. But it’s the best plan on the table at a time when doing nothing is no longer an option.”

    Just don’t be stunned when Sarah finally speaks or writes about the Ryan selection that there isn’t a level of enthusiasm that wouldn’t have been there for any of the other prospective front runner choices.”

    John, thanks for your long memory!

    Sarah Palin “Forever” ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  32. carol haka says:

    Why am I in moderation?

  33. foxyladi14 says:

    โ€œThroughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice
    Also after 3 and a half years we are ready for some R and R. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. carol haka says:

    The best news of all:

    While R and R are riding around on the bus this weekend, Ryan can do a forensic audit of Mitt’s taxes for him and report back!


  35. foxyladi14 says:

    Mitt on Fox right now and he is on fire. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • carol haka says:

      Well, a little spark maybe! But if he keeps rubbing the 2 sticks together …………. wait??? What was the question????


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