Ryan slated to deliver SOTU response on Tuesday

posted at 1:36 pm on January 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Did Paul Ryan lose a bet with John Boehner?  Being honored with the task of responding to a State of the Union speech is somewhat akin to following Justin Bieber on stage to sing a medley of 1950s Broadway show tunes to an audience of teeny-boppers.  However, the Republican policy master from Wisconsin will bravely give it his best on Tuesday, even though history shows that one’s best doesn’t matter:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will deliver the Republican address following the President’s State of the Union address to Congress on January 25, 2011. Last year – in an unprecedented failure – Congressional Democrats chose not to pass, or even propose a budget, punting on a duty that represents the most basic responsibility of governing. Chairman Ryan will deliver the Republican address Tuesday night from the House Budget Committee hearing room, where the Democrats’ spending spree will end and the Republicans’ push for a fiscally responsible budget that cuts spending will begin.

In making the announcement, the GOP leaders noted that Chairman Ryan is a leading voice for fiscal discipline and common-sense solutions to cut spending and create jobs. Known for his thoughtful and detailed critiques of big-government policies, Ryan has helped put to rest the Democrats’ argument that more government spending and higher taxes is the answer to most of our nation’s ills. His commitment to free enterprise and limited government make him the right choice to outline a vision for how a smaller, less costly government will help create the right conditions for the creation of good, private sector jobs.

“Paul Ryan is uniquely qualified to address the state of our economy and the fiscal challenges that face our country,”
said Speaker Boehner. “We’re broke, and decisive action is needed to help our economy get back to creating jobs and end the spending binge in Washington that threatens our children’s future. I’m pleased that Paul will be outlining a common-sense vision for moving our country forward.”

Leader McConnell said, “Paul Ryan has spent the better part of the last two years explaining exactly why the Democrat agenda has been so bad for jobs and the economy, and why we need to ditch the government-driven approach in favor of creative, common-sense solutions that put the American people back in charge. Chairman Ryan’s unique understanding of the fiscal problems we face, his command of policy, and his adherence to the principles of our nation’s founding make him an excellent spokesman for the path that Americans want Washington to take.”

This surprises me a little, given the smart strategy employed by the GOP last year.  In 2010, they had Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell give the SOTU response from the floor of the Virginia Assembly, with an audience of Republican legislators.  While the optics didn’t reach the same level of grandeur as a President speaking in front of a joint session of Congress, it did at least frame the speech in a similar manner.  In other years, both Democrats and Republicans have had their SOTU responses staged from a studio with no audience at all, a jarring change from the large, cheering spectacle viewers had just witnessed.  I assumed that Republicans might want to repeat last year’s strategy with another Republican governor, perhaps Chris Christie, speaking on fiscal reform.

Of course, Ryan is the House’s leading light on fiscal reform.  Ryan has excellent speaking skills and knows the data to a great level of detail, so he will have no trouble communicating the need for real budget reductions and restructuring to the American people — at least those still paying attention by the time he speaks.  That’s likely to be around 10:30 ET at the earliest, since Obama’s speech is scheduled to start at 9 pm ET and will certainly go more than an hour. Will Ryan spend much time on his specialty of entitlement reform?  Will Obama even bring the topic up in the SOTU?  That may make for enough suspense to keep people tuned in.

Boehner and McConnell apparently decided to make the House the focus of fiscal reform, which is a smart strategy as far as the overall thrust of the 112th Session goes.  I’m not sure that they’ve chosen wisely on the optics in this particular case.  The best result for Ryan will be that he doesn’t do himself any damage, as did Bobby Jindal in the 2009 response, but I’m not hopeful for a lot of upside to another traditional SOTU response.

Update: Bryan Pick offered some advice a couple of months ago about how the GOP should think outside the box:

Take advantage of the fact that they have fewer restraints.

First, make it a table discussion with more than one responder.  As a suggestion, include at least one governor to remind the audience that there are independent sources of authority, laboratories of policy that should retain their power to handle local problems (a big-city mayor could also do), and also include a legislator representing the opposition in Congress to directly address the president’s agenda on the federal level.

This also takes the pressure off of any one person to speak for the party, and signals that the opposition is having a frank conversation, not speaking press-release style through the great filter of lawyers and focus-group-tested language.  Make good use of stars like Paul Ryan and Chris Christie who have shown they’re champs at off-the-cuff communication and aren’t afraid to take on big issues.  Bobby Jindal would have been far better suited to this than talking into a camera solo.

Second, use resources the president doesn’t have.  The president is limited by the tradition of giving his speech in the chamber of the House of Representatives, which only affords him a microphone, a teleprompter and an audience.  Instead of trying to beat the president at his own game, use a modern-looking studio, where the responders can make use of supporting staff and visual aids like charts and video.

There’s more along those lines; hopefully Boehner and McConnell will consider at least some of it.


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The Wonk versus the Messiah…………..oh, this sounds like a great matchup.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Did Paul Ryan lose a bet with John Boehner?

You’ll know it was the case if he does it wearing a pink tu-tu.

scrubjay on January 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I love it…this is the only guy that intimidates Obarfy. I may have to tune in to the SOTU now that I know Ryan is the response.

NJ Red on January 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Nothing the DC GOP puts forth can compete with the sheer Ecstasy that the media has when it comes to “The Great Healer“.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlwiOwj_67I

The GOP is over.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

That’s likely to be around 10:30 ET at the earliest

one of the perks of living in az…

:)

cmsinaz on January 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Thank God! Knowing the GOP, they probably asked Murkowski first.

RedRedRice on January 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

hope he has his charts with him…

cmsinaz on January 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Thank God! Knowing the GOP, they probably asked Murkowski first.

RedRedRice on January 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

*shudder*

cmsinaz on January 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM

While the optics didn’t reach the same level of grandeur as a President speaking in front of a joint session of Congress, it did at least frame the speech in a similar manner.

We’re tired of “optics” pep rally’s and all the other staged events with hand picked audiences.

Just give me the facts, Mr.Ryan.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM

He should just read the Constitution.

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM

He should just read the Constitution.

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM

What?! That 100+ year-old document that no one can understand? Are you nutz?

Doughboy on January 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

by 10:30pm, Ryan should be a rather pleasant way to cap off my buzz from the SOTU drinking game

maineconservative on January 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

That should be a hoot,especially,when this exchange on
healthcare happened!!
=========================

Rep. Paul Ryan Sets the Health Care Record Straight at the Health Care Reform Summit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JepTo-oFry8

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Give’em hell Paul!

Conservatism wins.

Speakup on January 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Great deal IMO. He’s currently the best voice for fiscal conservatism around right now.

Caveat: I have my fingers crossed. I hope he doesn’t do a Jindal…

beancounter on January 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

We’re tired of “optics” pep rally’s and all the other staged events with hand picked audiences.

Just give me the facts, Mr.Ryan.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM

You must be kidding. It’s all American Idol now.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

He should have the 0bamacare bill sitting on the desk next to him. All 3000 pages. Stacked right up to his chin.

Of course, the marxists will call it a cheap prop, but they’d be seething on the inside.

CurtZHP on January 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I think most Americans are tired of Teh Showboat. Tell us the painful truth, Mr. Ryan.

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM

“So that’s why from now on we’re going to call the president Barry Soetero. Thank you, and good night,” -Paul Ryan.

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I would prefer that Republicans didn’t have to give an alternate SOTU address. I would prefer that presidents actually give a literal state of the union address rather than a political speech. But then, that’s not going to happen.

JavelinaBomb on January 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM

maineconservative on January 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

lol….lol

tencole on January 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I think Paul Ryan should give the speech in front of the supreme court justices.

JavelinaBomb on January 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

hope he has his charts with him…

cmsinaz on January 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I like the idea. That could make for some visual interest instead of just another boring speech. A graph with the debt growth…with that steep incline rocketing off the page in the last two years. The reaction of the public would be instant since it would be much easier for the average mind than a bunch of numbers.

CJ on January 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I hope they change their minds on the optics thing. Although maybe they can make something work with the budget committee thing. Will the rest of the committee (the repub half) be there? Can they do something different than just talking to a camera?

If he uses lots of charts, this could be really wonktastic – which is just what the party needs right now – people need to refudiate the “dumb violent hick” meme – Palin’s been the best at calling the dems out on it, who better than Ryan to provide visual, compelling evidence even the most effete pseudo-intellectual can’t ignore?

(by the way: does using the word “effete” make me effete?)

RINO in Name Only on January 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

He should just read the Constitution.

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM

That would just confuse and terrify democrats.

JavelinaBomb on January 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Nothing the DC GOP puts forth can compete with the sheer Ecstasy that the media has when it comes to “The Great Healer“.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlwiOwj_67I

The GOP is over.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

PappyD61:*****Sigh****,heres Legal Insurrection blog,and
Rush,about the healing thingy,and the GOP`s gut
less non-response!!:)
=======================================================

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Rush Limbaugh Reads Legal Insurrection’s,

‘We Just Witnessed the Media’s Test Run to Re-Elect Barack Obama’
*******

http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/rush-limbaugh-reads-legal-insurrection.html

(Video)

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Palin’s been the best at calling the dems out on it, but who better than Ryan to provide visual, compelling evidence even the most effete pseudo-intellectual can’t ignore?

(by the way: does using the word “effete” make me effete?)

RINO in Name Only on January 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

RINO in Name Only on January 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

(by the way: does using the word “effete” make me effete?) RINO in Name Only on January 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

It makes you a pusillanimous pussy-footer.

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Wonk the hell out of ‘em, Ryan!

pugwriter on January 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

hope he has his charts with him…

cmsinaz on January 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

cmsinaz:Good one….yuppers!!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Activia ad auto launch! Aaaargh!

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

You must be kidding. It’s all American Idol now.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

The fact that I find this true just emphasizes twe are finished.

darwin-t on January 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I think its actually pomp versus substance. I’ll never forget Ryan schooling Barry at that televised health care sit down to the point Barry could just utter “Well they said the price so thats the price”.

Zaggs on January 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

(by the way: does using the word “effete” make me effete?)

RINO in Name Only on January 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

RINO in Name Only:Technically,I think,an,

F–EEEEE !!(kidding)

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

(nice spelling)

darwin-t on January 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Is there any question that Paul Ryan is the best Republican for 2012?

Newt, Huck, Pence, Daniels, Rudy, Cain, Bolton, T-Paw – yawn.

Angry Dumbo on January 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Ryan slated to deliver SOTU response on Tuesday
===================================================

In Boehners voice……………..

HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Activia ad auto launch! Aaaargh!

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

What ad’s? I can’t see one and haven’t since I started using Firefox with the “no ad” ap.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Is there any question that Paul Ryan is the best Republican for 2012?

Newt, Huck, Pence, Daniels, Rudy, Cain, Bolton, T-Paw – yawn.

Angry Dumbo on January 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Angry Dumbo:Heres the list!!
=======================================

Pence
Cain
Palin
West
Bachmann
Ryan

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Rep. Ryan is an excellent choice. He is poised, articulate, and knowledgeable, especially on economic matters. He can present facts in a succinct and convincing way. Ryan managed to shut ObaMao up during the “health care summit” at the Blair House because it was apparent that he was not dazzling with bs.

Besides that, he is young and forward-looking. This is a plus for those who are wondering about their own economic futures.

onlineanalyst on January 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

PPP………….The GOP nominee in 2012 has been decided.

Huckabee by 10 points…….why not let the Fried Opossum man give the rebuttal?

PappyD61 on January 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Truth is, most of the commenters here could follow President Barry’s SOTU and Slap Chop the thing into gruel. It just takes a willingness to tell the truth.

pugwriter on January 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM
===========
What ad’s? I can’t see one and haven’t since I started using Firefox with the “no ad” ap.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Knucklehead:Not using FireFox,but,I haven`t had any pop
ups either!!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Huckabee by 10 points…….why not let the Fried Opossum man give the rebuttal?

PappyD61 on January 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

PappyD61:O.M.G:)

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Ryan has excellent speaking skills and knows the data to a great level of detail

Great choice. But then anyone would be a great choice after having to listen to President No-Doz.

GarandFan on January 21, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Ryan should just sit on the edge of a desk with a white board and explain just what Obama has done in plain English. Don’t worry about performance, setting, etc.

It will work.

gophergirl on January 21, 2011 at 2:02 PM

BTW,are the Libs gonna hold hands with Team Right!!!!!!!

ACK…..Hurl!!

canopfor on January 21, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Being honored with the task of responding to a State of the Union speech is somewhat akin to following Justin Bieber on stage to sing a medley of 1950s Broadway show tunes to an audience of teeny-boppers.

Wait, WHO is living in a time warp here?

Newsflash: this is not January, 2009. Obama stopped being the New Elvis quite some time ago.

OF COURSE anyone who criticizes The One will still be savagely gang-raped by the liberal media. But that is what being a conservative leader means. Every Republican politician in America can’t very well hide behind Sarah Palin’s apron strings forever. At some point, someone else in the Republican Party is going to have to grow a pair of balls.

The Republican Party is DESPERATE for more leaders right now. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. I’m not saying Ryan will necessarily hit a home run here. But we can’t go on forever with a lineup that consists of one batter.

logis on January 21, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Of course, Ryan is the House’s leading light on fiscal reform.

If you thought “My 10 year plan” was a fart in the wind, wait till you start hearing “My 30 year plan for fiscal sanity” everyday.

Doomed. As long as the first dollar of deficit spending is acceptable, we cannot endure as a sovereign state.

BobMbx on January 21, 2011 at 2:04 PM

I know this is a bad attitude….but does can anyone actually stomach sitting through an entire speech of this Doofus? I would love to hear Ryan’s rebuttal…but I can’t make it 5 minutes listening to His Highness without wanting to throw something at the TV.

search4truth on January 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Folks, here’s how you take something out of context, properly.

Logis says:

The One will still be savagely gang-raped by the liberal media

BobMbx on January 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM

It makes you a pusillanimous pussy-footer.

Akzed on January 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Oh yeah? Well, um, er, your pants are insufficiently creased! So nyah.

RINO in Name Only on January 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM

However, the Republican policy master from Wisconsin will bravely give it his best on Tuesday, even though history shows that one’s best doesn’t matter:

“History” is about to change, because what Paul Ryan says will matter to this conservative more than anything Obama could say in a dozen SOTU’s. Rhetorical hope and change has run its course.

Rovin on January 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I know this is a bad attitude….but does can anyone actually stomach sitting through an entire speech of this Doofus? I would love to hear Ryan’s rebuttal…but I can’t make it 5 minutes listening to His Highness without wanting to throw something at the TV.

search4truth on January 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Try this: If you can watch the video from one source, and listen to the audio of another (like watching TV and hearing the home theater), turn the audio to a Sponge Bob Squarepants cartoon.

After awhile, you won’t even notice anything strange.

BobMbx on January 21, 2011 at 2:09 PM

At least this minimizes the probability of Boehner weeping on National TV (for Tuesday)

phreshone on January 21, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Ryan:

We just repealed Obamacare, the ball is in your court Mr. President. Do you do the will of the people or do you ignore and debase them. The decision in yours now, but ours in 2012.

It’s needs to be like that.

Oil Can on January 21, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I know this is a bad attitude….but does can anyone actually stomach sitting through an entire speech of this Doofus? I would love to hear Ryan’s rebuttal…but I can’t make it 5 minutes listening to His Highness without wanting to throw something at the TV.

search4truth on January 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

“Watch it” by following along on an open thread. The commenters will fill you in on the pertinent details. You can always read a copy of the speech later to learn how vacuous it is.

I never listen to the Trickster. His voice and studied verbal tricks annoy the h*ll out of me. He says nothing…with dramatic pauses.

onlineanalyst on January 21, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Ryan slated to deliver STFU response on Tuesday

Better yet…

Jeff2161 on January 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Ed, I don’t understand your meh attitude. I think Ryan is a terrific choice. He is light years smarter than BHO and the right person to put out there when the economy is so wretched.

He is just the one (pardon the pun) to rip BHO’s lies to shreds.

And I hope he uses some charts! Maybe a few visual aids will get through to people.

INC on January 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

by 10:30pm, Ryan should be a rather pleasant way to cap off my buzz from the SOTU drinking game

maineconservative on January 21, 2011 at 1:46PM

I’m wicha there my friend! LOL

sicoit on January 21, 2011 at 2:30 PM

He needs to keep it simple…sometimes he gets a bit wonky and numbers crazy.

joepub on January 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I’m delighted that Paul Ryan is going to be making the SOTU response. I loved him in the health care debate with Obama. Ryan was smart, straightforward, and knew what he was talking about. The Republicans made a great choice.

Cara C on January 21, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Ryan slated to deliver STFU because now you are going to hear the truth response on Tuesday
Better yet…

Jeff2161 on January 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

FIFY

sicoit on January 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Just DVR the last half of it and FFWD to Ryan’s response. Problem solved.

fossten on January 21, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Watch: Paul Ryan vs David Brooks:

http://www.aei.org/video/101354

Hopefully, he will be giving the SOTU as President one day.

gumble on January 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I know this is a bad attitude….but does can anyone actually stomach sitting through an entire speech of this Doofus? I would love to hear Ryan’s rebuttal…but I can’t make it 5 minutes listening to His Highness without wanting to throw something at the TV.
search4truth on January 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

That’s why TiVo was invented.

Try what I do: Don’t ever watch Obama real-time. Instead, just pick a random 5-minute spot. (It’ll actually only be about 1 minute of him talking, and the rest is him pausing for orgiastic adulation from the crowd.)

I guarantee that you’ll find three or four INSANELY bizarre things for any US President to say, that will never be mentioned once, even among the conservative media. It’s not that they’re lax; it’s just an impossible task to address Obama’s constant stream of Pivin-isms — because very phrase out of this man’s mouth is so densely packed with raw sociopathic ferver.

logis on January 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

I like Ryan and I think he’s an excellent choice.

Very capable speaker and great at nailing bullet points.

The Ugly American on January 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Thank God! Knowing the GOP, they probably asked Murkowski first.

RedRedRice on January 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Or Arlen Specter!

gary4205 on January 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

O/T: So Trump is thinking about running for president and said he is a Republican, but he donated $50,00 to Rahm to get him elected? Are you kidding me?

silvernana on January 21, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Go get’em Paul Ryan..:)

Dire Straits on January 21, 2011 at 3:29 PM

In Jan 1995 the GOP had Christine Todd Whitman give the SOTU response from the NJ Assembly chambers. She did it with all the pomp and spectacle possible, including a brace of NJ State Troopers in those snazzy unis with the belted caps. It, of course , was a different GOP than now. More GOP than conservative. To have Christie, with a full year record as Governor duplicate the Whitman performance would displease the majority of today’s GOP and conservatives. But it would make for great spectacle.

xkaydet65 on January 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

I understand Ed’s reluctance…

Responding to the SOTU (I like STFU better too) has often been the kiss. of. death.

Just ask Bobby Jindal.

Cross fingers and start the novena!

marybel on January 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Ryan isn’t Jindal. That said, you are correct in that the media will say he flubbed up and the NR crowd will say (they hate to say it /) but he is not ready for POTUS, yet.

The message is stark, we need to cut spending because we simply cannot afford the government we have. Reorganization is inevitable. Ryan understands this. I am not confident that the rest of the crop has gotten the memo.

Angry Dumbo on January 21, 2011 at 5:06 PM

A Tea Party response is probably not a bad idea, because I think Ryan will deliver the more civil response. Maybe I won’t watch after all.

Angry Dumbo on January 21, 2011 at 5:08 PM

A cut and paste from Ryan’s latest FB post confirms my worst fears (our hero has gone wobbly).

I am hopeful that the President will work with the new House Majority to cut spending, reform government, and restore the foundations for growth and job creation. More than rhetoric, we need results. I look forward to outlining a vision for a future that fulfills the uniquely American legacy of leaving the next generation with a stronger, more prosperous nation.

Rep. Ryan what gives you hope? The “only government” President has shown no inclination to cut spending and every indication of increasing it, adding bureaucracies, and blaming the private sector for the sad state of job growth.

Angry Dumbo on January 21, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I love the idea of visual aids. Remember, Perot got TWENTY PERCENT of the vote in 92 due to his half hour infomercials that featured pie charts and graphs. Americans GET IT when they are shown the facts.

So GOP, get the visual aids ready and have at it.

I can’t stand obummers speech cadence. He pauses all the time to allow the teleprompter to catch up to him. A$$hat.

karenhasfreedom on January 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Terrific choice. Go Ryan!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 21, 2011 at 6:57 PM

OMG, if Paul Ryan runs in 2012 imagine him on the campaign trail. A sample?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bl4JIaxguo

Can totally see this guy as the next President.

gumble on January 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Ryan will straight up lynch that SOTU

Inanemergencydial on January 22, 2011 at 1:40 AM

Angry Dumbo on January 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I completely agree. Paul Ryan is the only person that I could actually get excited about. I really really wish he would consider running, but unfortuantely, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

walnut on January 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

“Obama, you ignorant slut . . . .

kens on January 22, 2011 at 1:25 PM

A Bear’s fan vs a Cheese Head. Usually I don’t care who wins, as long as they beat the snot out of each other. However, this time I hope the Cheese head comes out on top.

How about a bet between Ryan and Obama. If the Pack wins Obama wears a #12 Packers jersey for the SOTU. If Da Bears win Ryan sends him a 12 pack of Old Milwaukee for his next beer summit.

jpmn on January 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM

jpmn on January 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM

LOL! I’m still rooting for Da Bears even if Doofus has threatened promised to go to the Superbowl.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM