Finally: The Paul Ryan presidential campaign ad

posted at 7:25 pm on March 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

No, just kidding. No one who’s this honest about our fiscal nightmare will ever be elected president. Ryan knows that. I assume Mitch Daniels does too.

Even so, Mark Hemingway calls this “the best presidential campaign ad of 2012.” Dude, I’m writing him in.


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Damn I been saying for 2 years he is the Guy who can save America. Everytime I think I can resolve myself to vote for Romney Paul shows up in video and I fall in love again. I feel like I part of Tony Soprano’s Crew and I am in too deep and I can’t get out.

I can only dream of a broker convention. 2016 might be too late for America!

Sparty on March 15, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I like seeing all of the other Jindal mentions in this thread, too. I really do hope that whoever is on top of the 2012 ticket (I really doubt a brokered convention would be wise, despite my above comment) that Bobby Jindal or Paul Ryan will be the running mate.

And if the worst happens, then Jindal/Ryan or Ryan/Jindal ’16. Our wallets and our Constitutional liberties will be screaming out for them by then.

Gingotts on March 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

VP or Sec of Treasury !

pambi on March 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Palin/Ryan 2012 brokered convention!

ChuckTX on March 15, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Jindal/Ryan.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Throw Martinez, Rubio and West in there and pull two name out of the hat.

I could live with any of them on the ticket.

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

And, the video? Ryan is pitch perfect.

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

“No one who’s this honest about our fiscal nightmare will ever be elected president.”
And anyone who does make it to the Presidency with this philosophy at hand is sure to be a one termer. Just like 0, except with real accomplishments.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 8:43 PM

No- look at what they did to Palin from Sept 2008-Nov 2008. Now, if people had listened to all the pundits demanding that everyone drop out and let Romney take it in November, then O would have had a year to misuse and abuse the facts of someone’s p. career, or with Romney, tell the truth. At the end of the year, Romney would poll lower than Bush.

But, maybe, if the GOP is a tad bit smart, they have sent O and his oppo research on wild goose chases covering not just the 4 currently running and spending money attacking them, but also spending money and attacking 4 others who aren’t currently running (Palin, Daniels, Ryan and Jindal)

It makes me happy thinking he is burning through his war chest of money. Burning through Hollywood, Wall Street money. Maybe by August that war chest will look as empty as many Americans’ wallets.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 15, 2012 at 8:43 PM

No one who’s this honest about our fiscal nightmare will ever be elected president.

Lets hedge that with the following criteria. If they supported TARP, if they voted for Medicare part D, if they voted for No Child Left Behind. In fact, it seems that on almost every single pivotal item on the agenda, when push comes to vote, Paul Ryan has been on the wrong side of every single conservative issue of the last 13 years. A person like that should not be promoted to be the President of the United States of America.

Then when you look at his brand name level proposal for facing down our financial crisis, he wants to kick the can down the road some 30 more years. 1.6 more generations worth of generational theft to tide over the most irresponsible generation our country has ever been cursed with.

astonerii on March 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM

RYAN AS VP for Romney perhaps!!!

But here’s an interesting take on the Pennsylvania primary:

NOT PENN. PALS

Even if he wins his home state, Santorum could walk away without delegates

By Dan Hirschhorn Thursday, March 15, 2012

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/03/15/031512-news-web-campaign-santorum/

mountainaires on March 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Seems like a few folks here like Ryan and have made up an imaginary ticket for him. Try this. Put away your dislike for just a moment. Just picture in your mind the good that could have been achieved in righting the ship, and improving our self reliance. Remember table you, dare I say, table your hate.

Palin/Ryan 2012!

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

“Dude, I’m writing him in.”

Just for the primary I hope.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

To solve a problem this big, only one person can help us:

A man from the Janesville, Wisconsin area.

MadisonConservative on March 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Russ Feingold?

melchitt on March 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

melchitt on March 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Here’s a bar of soap. You know what to do.

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

And I am not big on “formality” conventions ie well, he has the numbers so we must give the nomination to him, even though we know he won’t excite the base and Obama will keep independents voting for him because he will remind them that Ocare and Romneycare are cut from the same cloth- jonathan grubers cloth.

That’s dumb.

I want a game plan. A plan to keep Obama unbalanced and spending his money as unwisely as he spends ours.

I mean, do you send your Football, BB game plans, whose playing, whose not to the other side a year in advance? This isn’t the 1800′s. We can execute a turnabout with a new team and win in November. We might not have Breitbart but we have some great people and the technology to do so.

That’s just mho.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I’m pretty much convinced the country’s doomed. But then, every once in a while, you here Paul Ryan talk and you think – maybe not?

sbvft contributor on March 15, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I like Ryan. He’s articulate. Says the things I want to hear at appropriate times. Then, I look at his history and his votes. I then think “team player”.

What’s a teamplayer? They try every now and then to create/float their (core) ideas with the people but, if they don’t get the populous “movement” they sigh and vote the way they are told by the establishment/aka Boehners and McConnels. Establishment politicians have no core. Those types just want to be reelected and will say anything and vote any way they think will be to their political benefit (ahem Romney).

Establishment would get behind the Ryans if the populous demanded it which is why they allowed Ryan to make his proposal.

Unfortunately, the populous is largely stupid and easily manipulated by soundbites and 30 second tv ads, and pundits with agendas.

The unanswered question about “team players” is if they were given positions of authority would they push their core principles or would they settle/compromise?

Socmodfiscon on March 15, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I love Paul Ryan, he is so under appreciated in his/our state.

wi farmgirl on March 15, 2012 at 9:06 PM

melchitt on March 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Here’s a bar of soap. You know what to do.

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

make sure it is LYE soap ….. I want it to BURN ……. :D

conservative tarheel on March 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM

We can execute a turnabout with a new team and win in November. We might not have Breitbart but we have some great people and the technology to do so.

That’s just mho.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I wish we could.

wi farmgirl on March 15, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Jindal/Ryan.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

It’s beyond my capability to express how much I agree with you.

Lightswitch on March 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Damn it Paul….why didn’t you run….whyyyyyy……???

JeffVader on March 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I agree. I just wish I was more excited about our presidential candidates.

Cindy Munford on March 15, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Yeah, me too. *sigh*

Just Sayin on March 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Ryen is pressing the right buttons here..This is a conversation that needs to be front and center..:)

Dire Straits on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Ryan is pressing the right buttons here..This is a conversation that needs to be front and center..:)

Dire Straits on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Fixed..:)

Dire Straits on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

It’s useless unless his the speaker, and can wrangle the rest of those spineless frauds into line. Instead there is spray-tan Boehner and that idiot Cantor running the show. Those guys are as bad as McCain and Romney. There isn’t even any plan to send them packing.

Daikokuco on March 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Well, it’s certainly not enough, but I’m not sure it’s useless. Ryan is still able to keep attention focused on the issue, and by his very example serves to highlight the very real shortcomings of our so called “leaders.” It’s not much, but it’s something.

Just Sayin on March 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Paul Ryan is the new Abe Lincoln. And this country needs him.

shades_of_gasden on March 15, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I wish the GOP were full of Ryan and Jindal types.

They are more inspiring than polarizing for starters.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 15, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Jindal/Ryan.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I’d quit my job to campaign full-time for this ticket.

Just Sayin on March 15, 2012 at 9:49 PM

One of the few in the Establishment who recognizes that we, as a country, are at the precipice.
Bitter Clinger on March 15, 2012 at 7:39 PM
And who voted for TARP and the auto bailouts, and who presented a budget plan that did nothing to curb spending.
Dante on March 15, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Funny that no one has responded to your facts about a supposed fiscal conservative.

Notorious GOP on March 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Wonder if we can trade-in our old candidates for this more economical new one…

Slainte on March 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Who?

KeninCT on March 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 15, 2012 at 8:43 PM

if only…..

Your theory did elicit a hmmmmm though I have trouble believing the GOP really gives a sheet.

Socmodfiscon on March 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM

We chose the wrong Paul.

Heh — “Ron(g) Raul.”

calbear on March 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Sent his Prosperity PAC some cash the other day. This is the man for the job. It’s fate.

Nom de Boom on March 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM

It was a sad sad day when Ryan decided not to run…

One on the only competent people around. Jindal is another.

kunegetikos on March 16, 2012 at 1:11 AM

My second choice for Sarah Palin’s VP after Allen West.

Palin/West 2012 .

CoolChange80 on March 16, 2012 at 1:54 AM

shades_of_gasden on March 15, 2012 at 9:40 PM,
The guy that support all of George Bush’s crap is not Abe Lincoln he is closer to Abe Vigoda. Abe Lincoln is sacred. Paul Ryan is good for this but he is not Lincoln and never will be. He is like the Poor Man’s Jack Kemp.

CoolChange80 on March 16, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Out of all the economic plans put forth by the 2012 candidates, Paul Ryan liked Mitt Romney’s.

I would love the idea of a Romney/Ryan ticket.

Conservative Samizdat on March 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Well that settles it. I’m on the Ryan train. Plan:
1. Brokered convention.
2. Backroom deal.
3. Paul Ryan / ABR 2012!
4. Mitt Romney can try again (again) in 2016, but if he elects to do so, he must run in a newly formed RINO subdivision with Jeb.

/I’m keeding about (4). Relax mittbotts.

shannon76 on March 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Another big-government conservative. Paul Ryan supported the bailouts and TARP. Loser.

Lord on March 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Palin/Ryan 2012!

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

An incompetent clown like Sarah Palin isn’t even fit to shine Paul Ryan’s shoes.

bluegill on March 16, 2012 at 5:47 AM

RYAN AS VP for Romney perhaps!!!

But here’s an interesting take on the Pennsylvania primary:

NOT PENN. PALS

Even if he wins his home state, Santorum could walk away without delegates

By Dan Hirschhorn Thursday, March 15, 2012

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/03/15/031512-news-web-campaign-santorum/

mountainaires on March 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Yep, Rick Santorum’s pathetic campaign is a lost cause.

Santorum NEEDS TO DROP OUT.

Santorum’s presence in the race only prolongs the Republican in-fighting, preventing us from directing all our attention at defeating Obama.

bluegill on March 16, 2012 at 5:50 AM

This is a great video!

Too bad his record says otherwise. TARP, auto bailouts and medicare part D just to name a few.

Do you really want that record anywhere near the Whitehouse?

I do not. Don’t let rhetoric from a hollow shell persuade you that he is any different.

LaughterJones on March 16, 2012 at 7:35 AM

I’d quit my job to campaign full-time for this ticket.

Just Sayin on March 15, 2012 at 9:49 PM

So would I! I’d be blockwalking door to door for the rest of the year.

AprilCW1 on March 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Funny that no one has responded to your facts about a supposed fiscal conservative.

Notorious GOP on March 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM

There are a lot if lost souls here who believe what they’re told to believe.

Dante on March 16, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Another big-government conservative. Paul Ryan supported the bailouts and TARP. Loser.

Lord on March 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Exactly. He’s a flake.

LaughterJones on March 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

He has very crisp pant creases.

redmama on March 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Vulture Capitalism:
The real evil bankers are the government cronies.
–John Stossel

Complex Societies Need Simple Laws
We need to end the orgy of rule-making at once and embrace the simple rules that true liberals like America’s founders envisioned.

“If you have 10,000 regulations,” Winston Churchill said, “you destroy all respect for law.”

We have so many rules that legal specialists can’t keep up. Criminal lawyers call the rules “incomprehensible.” They are. They are also “uncountable.” Congress has created so many criminal offenses that the American Bar Association says it would be futile to even attempt to estimate the total.

So what do the politicians and bureaucrats of the permanent government do? They pass more rules.

That’s not good. It paralyzes life.

Politicians sometimes say they understand the problem. They promise to “simplify.” But they rarely do. Mostly, they come up with new rules. It’s just natural. It’s how the public measures politicians. Schoolchildren on Washington tours ask, “What laws did you pass?” If they don’t pass new laws, the media whine about the “do-nothing Congress.”

This is also not good.

When so much is illegal, common sense dies. Out of fear of breaking rules, people stop innovating, trying, helping.

We have so many rules that legal specialists can’t keep up. Criminal lawyers call the rules “incomprehensible.” They are. They are also “uncountable.” Congress has created so many criminal offenses that the American Bar Association says it would be futile to even attempt to estimate the total.

So what do the politicians and bureaucrats of the permanent government do? They pass more rules.

That’s not good. It paralyzes life.

Politicians sometimes say they understand the problem. They promise to “simplify.” But they rarely do. Mostly, they come up with new rules. It’s just natural. It’s how the public measures politicians. Schoolchildren on Washington tours ask, “What laws did you pass?” If they don’t pass new laws, the media whine about the “do-nothing Congress.”

This is also not good.

When so much is illegal, common sense dies. Out of fear of breaking rules, people stop innovating, trying, helping.

Another Nobel laureate, James M. Buchanan, put it this way: “Economics is the art of putting parameters on our utopias.”

Barack Obama and his ilk in both parties don’t want parameters on their utopias. They think the world is subject to their manipulation. That idea was debunked years ago.

The thing about truth is that it’s a two-edged sword. Obama’s intent to smear fiscal conservatives (Republicans including Paul Ryan and Ron Paul) as founders of the flat earth society only exposed himself as chief advertiser for debunked manipulators.

Once a citizen becomes aware, having knowledge become wisdom, the affect of propaganda works contrary to the sponsor’s purposes. Who is really impressed by the scrawny assed naked emperor set for battle? Rather, regardless of source, beware the bully thugs for whom legal parameters do not apply.

maverick muse on March 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I’m not a Romney fan (nor am I fan of any of the remaining candidates), but I would skip like a little girl to the booth to vote for a Romney/Ryan ticket.

Romney/Ryan 2012 – After four years of Obama, we need a little R&R.

Nick_Angel on March 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I’m not a Romney fan (nor am I fan of any of the remaining candidates), but I would skip like a little girl to the booth to vote for a Romney/Ryan ticket.

Romney/Ryan 2012 – After four years of Obama, we need a little R&R.

Nick_Angel on March 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Ryan supports Obama’s actions and policies: TARP, auto bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, increased spending.

Open your eyes, man.

Dante on March 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Ryan supports Obama’s actions and policies: TARP, auto bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, increased spending.

Open your eyes, man.

Dante on March 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

He’s already explained his TARP vote a million times. Basically the choice was TARP in it’s crappy form or nothing, which would have threatened creating an economic disaster, which if you might recall, last time there was an economic catastrophe with a liberal president being sworn in it didn’t go so well. He’s on record, numerous times, as criticizing how TARP was implemented by the regime and how they have gone against the letter of the law as signed.

He also supported raising the debt ceiling in exchange for implementing cut, cap, and balance. He didn’t just support it willy-nilly the way Obama did/does. You’re being as much of a demagogue as the Left if you’re saying that.

If you think he “supports Obama’s policies” because he refuses to let the economy spiral out of control that would grant Obama a huge opportunity to blame capitalism, you’re totally mistaken. If you don’t realize that he’s been Obama’s chief critic on our side and that Obama doesn’t know how to respond, you simply haven’t been paying attention.

cpaulus on March 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Open your eyes, man.

Dante on March 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Don’t ever tell me to do that without passing me the joint.

Nick_Angel on March 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Fffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu….

He should have been the nominee.

Abby Adams on March 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I should have added that he lives in a fairly blue district that overwhelmingly supported the auto bailouts, if he had voted against the will of his constituency people on hear would be saying how he won’t listen to the people, just like Obama did with Obamacare. Same goes for criticizing him for supporting Bush when he was a back bencher. If he doesn’t vote for Medicare Part D, conservatives on here who would be chastising him would be calling him a traitor to our embattled Republican president.

He’s the only person currently in office willing to tackle the issue that’s going to define our nation over the next decade. It’s amazing to me that there are people on here who won’t support a guy because of one or two bad votes. No wonder the only people in the race with a chance to win are people who haven’t been in office for almost a decade. No recent record is apparently better than a good one with a few bad ones that come from, you know, actually doing things for our side.

cpaulus on March 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

He’s already explained his TARP vote a million times. Basically the choice was TARP in it’s crappy form or nothing, which would have threatened creating an economic disaster, which if you might recall, last time there was an economic catastrophe with a liberal president being sworn in it didn’t go so well. He’s on record, numerous times, as criticizing how TARP was implemented by the regime and how they have gone against the letter of the law as signed.

He also supported raising the debt ceiling in exchange for implementing cut, cap, and balance. He didn’t just support it willy-nilly the way Obama did/does. You’re being as much of a demagogue as the Left if you’re saying that.

If you think he “supports Obama’s policies” because he refuses to let the economy spiral out of control that would grant Obama a huge opportunity to blame capitalism, you’re totally mistaken. If you don’t realize that he’s been Obama’s chief critic on our side and that Obama doesn’t know how to respond, you simply haven’t been paying attention.

cpaulus on March 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

If you think the economy was spiraling out of control and was an impending disaster, then you’re naive. The man has no principles – certainly not free market, conservative ones.

But here you are coming out in favor of not only big government, but fascist government.

Dante on March 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Although I hope he’ll be POTUS in the not too far distant future, I am truly thankful that he was intelligent enough to decide that he is of more value in the House right now – than he would be out on the campaign trail with the herd of RINO’s………

Pecozbill on March 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Although I hope he’ll be POTUS in the not too far distant future, I am truly thankful that he was intelligent enough to decide that he is of more value in the House right now – than he would be out on the campaign trail with the herd of RINO’s………

Pecozbill on March 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

maybe he can replace weepy and take the gavel and do something with it besides play golf with the Iwon .. and cave everytime Obama tells him to…

conservative tarheel on March 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

If you think he “supports Obama’s policies” because he refuses to let the economy spiral out of control that would grant Obama a huge opportunity to blame capitalism, you’re totally mistaken. If you don’t realize that he’s been Obama’s chief critic on our side and that Obama doesn’t know how to respond, you simply haven’t been paying attention.

cpaulus on March 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Yeah, maybe you missed all the news stories about what went on behind the scenes. But TARP at $700B total passed and a grand total of about $240B spent getting the economy settled on firm ground were just a tiny fraction of the actual money siphoned by the Fed to all the banks and was actually nothing more than window dressing setting up the current situation we are in where the government proposes one just shy of a trillion dollar package after another.

Basically, without TARP the economy would have been just fine. Without TARP Obama would have to live with $100B package prices instead of $850B and $940B package prices. In essence, TARP is the reason our economy right now, YEARS AFTER THE CRISIS ENDED we are still in crisis mode.

He can explain it away all he wants, the bottom line is that he showed how ignorantly stupid he was by voting for it. You show how totally ignorantly stupid you are by not understanding truth when it is placed right in front of your eyes.

astonerii on March 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

An incompetent clown like Sarah Palin isn’t even fit to shine Paul Ryan’s shoes.

bluegill on March 16, 2012 at 5:47 AM

You take just about any and all bait. Funny. Pathetic too.

Bmore on March 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

An organized write-in campaign could win Ryan around 3% of the vote. And hand the election to Barack Obama.

hawksruleva on March 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Damn. I am VERY angry with him. I KNOW his kids need him, but his kids also need a free country with a future to grow up in. I’m thinking HE needed to take one for his fellow-man and woman.

And he could have saved us but handed us over to a left-leaning pol from Mass who hasn’t got a clue about political philosophy OR the budget OR the economy. Romney will go along to get along and we will go under because of O-romneycare.

I could cry.

Portia46 on March 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

WOW, what a great message! I am really proud to be from WI with somebody like that leading.

roosterman on March 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Basically, without TARP the economy would have been just fine. Without TARP Obama would have to live with $100B package prices instead of $850B and $940B package prices. In essence, TARP is the reason our economy right now, YEARS AFTER THE CRISIS ENDED we are still in crisis mode.

He can explain it away all he wants, the bottom line is that he showed how ignorantly stupid he was by voting for it. You show how totally ignorantly stupid you are by not understanding truth when it is placed right in front of your eyes.

astonerii on March 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

If you think the economy was spiraling out of control and was an impending disaster, then you’re naive. The man has no principles – certainly not free market, conservative ones.

But here you are coming out in favor of not only big government, but fascist government.

Dante on March 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Both of you are making statements with hindsight being 20-20 and you’re wishcasting because you now know what happened. I wish that reality had a reset button so we can’t just try something new and fix mistakes, but life happens in real time. The banks were in serious trouble. I know this for a fact. I’ve seen the numbers because I know people who were working there. There was definitely a large possibility of a credit crisis. Credit, as you two may or may not know, is the engine of capitalism. Without it nothing goes. These crises have happened throughout our history the first one happening in the early nineteenth century. It’s not like it was some made up thing. It’s a part of capitalism. Ryan has stated very clearly that he would have voted no had he known that Congress under the Democrats wouldn’t have stood up for the rule of law.

At what percentage of likelihood are you willing to risk giving Obama FDR-like power because of a credit squeeze? 50-50? Do you let Obama take over the economy completely during a economic crisis at 50-50? How about 25%? You really willing to bet that? 1 in 4 chance? I wouldn’t risk it for a 1 in 10 chance. You really think Ryan doesn’t know who Obama is? It wasn’t a small likelihood that a credit crisis would happen in the same way that it wasn’t a 100% lock that it would happen. It fell somewhere in the middle, but it was a very significant chance. Remember, if it happens every gain the conservative movement has made regarding the free market economy and the role of government in our lives over the last 40 years is wiped out, plus we’d have had even more big government to deal with. You think Obamacare is bad? Just imagine what he would have done in an economic crisis.

He was offered a horrible choice: a crappy version of TARP and making the possibility of a collapse 0 or risking Obama riding a tide of popularity into office during an economic crisis with a Congress that would rubber stamp everything. Basically FDR on steroids. If you really want to blame someone, blame the conservatives who sat at home in protest and gave Pelosi the gavel in 06. The GOP had an alternative plan, but thanks to conservatives who decided that having no power was better than having guys who weren’t pure, they never had a chance to implement it.

cpaulus on March 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

What a class act. And to think how the whiner in chief publicly embarrassed him for speaking the truth.

DDay on March 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

People wo call Ryan a Rino would have said the same thing about Reagan in 80 because his record in California wasn’t 100% conservative

cpaulus on March 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Both of you are making statements with hindsight being 20-20 and you’re wishcasting because you now know what happened.

cpaulus on March 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Umm….no. I was opposed to it from the start because: one, I believe in the free market, and two, I don’t believe in demagogues, nor fall for their words. Just because you lacked the ability to see what was going on doesn’t mean everyone else lacked it as well.

Dante on March 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I wish the GOP were full of Ryan and Jindal types.

They are more inspiring than polarizing for starters.

contrarytopopularbelief on March 15, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The problem is that “polarizing” is just something we let the media do to our candidates. They don’t come that way. The media knows they have to keep our stars marginalized, so they create crap they call “baggage” to lay around candidates’ necks. And we fall for it every. Single. Time.

alwaysfiredup on March 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

This merely reminds me of how screwed we are with our collection of inept candidates. Might as well let Obozo start his second term early and maybe he’ll be thrown out sooner.

stacman on March 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I guess none of you actually read the Ryan Budget Plan (or one of the many even-handed analysis of it) with the exception of Dante and astonerii.

It’s not the end all be all of small government and balanced budgets. And it wasn’t anywhere near throwing any grandmas off any cliffs (hint: it didn’t touch Social Security, not one dime cut from it).

It didn’t make any actual cuts. It grew government spending. It just did so at a slower rate than the Dems plans. Do you all know when it would have actually balanced the annual budget? 2063. You really think we can wait until 2063 just to get the annual deficit in balance and stop adding to the total debt? I don’t even want to imagine what the total debt would be by 2063.

Is he better than Obama? By a mile. Is he probably better than any of the GOP candidates currently? Probably. Is he the end all be all of small government fiscally sound conservativism that he’s been sold as? Not by a friggin’ mile.

gravityman on March 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

cpaulus on March 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

It is not hindsight is 20/20. I said not to do the TARP back then. It is called moral hazard. Something that has been known about for 5,000 years at the least. Some banks would have failed, some rich people would have lost money, many poor people would have picked up the pieces and made money. We would already be out of the crisis.

Arguing that the whole economy would have sunk without TARP is worse than arguing that TARP saved the economy. Prove it. TARP equaled about 3% of the entire money used to prop up bad actor banks. Add into that the fact that much of TARP was forced down the throats of many banks against their will and need, and that 3% becomes in reality a tiny fraction of 1% and created so much economic destruction it was not worth it. Now we have our entire future to live with a permanent pall of moral hazard in our economy where too big to fail is the new normal.

astonerii on March 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Young Congressman Ryan has a lot to accomplish in the house. And he will

We will see him in the WH one day. Just not in November. We must defeat Obama first and Ryan will win in 2020. We don’t have a choice.

If Obama is unleashed for 4 more years, I don’t expect to see another Republican close to the WH in my life time…and I’m not a senior citizen.

Redford on March 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I believed months ago that Ryan could run and win, and I believe it now. A darn shame we won’t know.

Chuckles3 on March 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Btw, part of the genius of this spot is that he doesn’t mention President Obama. He doesn’t have to. And it’s so much more effective than if he had. If the two of them were placed side by side, any observer could see the contrast, without the Congressman uttering a single critical word.

Chuckles3 on March 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

No one who’s this honest about our fiscal nightmare will ever be elected president.

Nonsense. People are so hungry for that sort of candor that they’ll embrace anybody who even pretends to be doing it.

The problem is that a Presidential campaign lasts a lot longer than a 1 minute ad.

philwynk on March 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

If conservatives actually did their homework on Paul Ryan, they might discover his pro-bailout, pro-big government votes and think twice about elevating him on this wholly undeserved pedestal. He’s pulling off an incredible con job by passing himself off as the top conservative in Congress, while true conservatives like Jim DeMint are the ones who deserve the praise.

Individual on March 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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