Quotes of the day

posted at 10:43 pm on August 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

[W]hen will they know? And when will the rest of us know? There’s a school of thought in the extended Romney camp that the identity of the pick will dictate the timing of the announcement. A choice that is more exciting to the Republican base, and to the GOP convention delegates, can be announced late, even at the convention itself, because it will instantly excite Republican loyalists. No need for an extended sales campaign. But a pick that is less exciting to the base might be announced earlier, to give Romney time to build support for his choice.

“If he picks Rubio, he could do that the day before the convention, and it would electrify the convention and be exciting,” says one source who is familiar with the campaign but not part of the vice presidential process. “[The delegates] want Rubio, or maybe Christie, or perhaps Paul Ryan. But if he chooses Portman or Pawlenty, he should do it enough in advance so that he doesn’t immediately go in and disappoint the convention. It gives him time to sell his choice.”

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“[Ryan] is the kind of smart, young guy that Mitt likes and Mitt would have probably hired at Bain,” says Mike Murphy, a former Romney adviser. “He shares the intellectual talent and positive outlook of the guys who Mitt mentored for decades.”…

According to Romney insiders, Romney deeply appreciated Ryan’s willingness to privately share his critique of the campaign during the heated Republican primary, where Romney often struggled to make his case. As he watched from afar, long before he endorsed, Ryan drafted a series of detailed strategy and policy advisories, and discussed them with Romney over the phone. For Romney, those corporate-style memos made a lasting impression — and catapulted Ryan into Romney’s circle, where he has remained since.

“Both men are intelligent and very empirically minded, driven by facts,” says Peter Wehner, a friend of Ryan’s and a former Bush and Reagan administration official. “When he looks at Ryan, Romney probably sees somebody like himself, a person he’d want at his side in the business world or the political world. They approach complicated problems the same way.”

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The case against Ryan, 42, is that he is a lightning rod for criticism of the unpopular cuts in government health programs for the elderly and poor he proposed as chairman of the powerful House of Representatives Budget Committee

That is not a weakness, the conservatives argued, but a strength. They want Ryan’s budget to be the issue and they want Ryan there to defend it.

Such a debate, they believe, could elevate the campaign beyond questions that are consuming it now, about Romney’s unwillingness to disclose more than two years of tax returns for example, or his leadership of the investment firm, Bain Capital…

“It turns the election into an all-in bet,” the aide said, adding, “The concern is that when you go all in, you can lose and be out of the game.”

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The question, it seems to us, is not whether Republicans and their presidential nominee own the Ryan budget, but how they choose to talk about it. Republicans shouldn’t worry about having entitlement reform as part of the campaign debate; they should want it there. The 2012 campaign should be about leadership, and about the failure of Barack Obama to provide it on the big issues, including – especially – on entitlement reform, debt, and deficits. It’s no longer the case that talking about entitlements is fatal. Marco Rubio ran on entitlement reform and won decisively … in senior-rich Florida. The more Rubio talked about entitlement reform, in fact, the better he did, according the campaign’s internal tracking polls. Congressional Republicans voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Ryan budget twice and yet they are effectively tied with congressional Democrats on the generic ballot question…

So Romney, and Republicans, will be running on the Romney-Ryan plan no matter what. Having Paul Ryan on the ticket may well make it easier to defend the plan convincingly. Ryan’s pretty good at that.

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[T]he loud, public calls for Mr. Ryan to emerge as the winner demonstrate again the wariness with which conservatives have always treated Mr. Romney. They suggest that there remains a desire among some conservatives for Mr. Romney to demonstrate that he is, in fact, one of them

[T]he conservatives are also looking past the November election to the kind of White House they want should Mr. Romney win. For some conservatives — especially those who identify themselves with the Tea Party movement — winning is not enough.

For some of those conservatives, a Romney administration stocked with moderate Republicans is almost as bad as a second term for Mr. Obama.

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The clamor you are hearing for Paul Ryan for VP is not about helping the Romney candidacy. It’s about controlling the Romney campaign — and ultimately the Romney presidency. It’s about forcing a platform on Romney, and then dictating the agenda for that presidency’s first year. The platform happens to be suicidal, and the agenda impossible, but that does not matter to the Ryan advocates. They take the old Tammany Hall point of view: “Better to lose an agenda than lose control of the party.”

In that sense, the Ryan proposal is a test of Romney’s leadership. If he accedes, it’s a big surrender of control — and a surrender to many of those who most opposed (and who inwardly continue to dislike) his nomination.

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But the smaller, more Machiavellian point is that Ryan is Romney’s best chance to diffuse the blame if he loses this election. If Romney chooses the proverbial “incredibly boring white guy” and then goes down in November, conservatives will place the blame squarely on Romney’s shoulders: He was a flip-flopping, Massachusetts Moderate with a cautious campaign and a car garage. The narrative, in fact, is already set. In July, the Wall Street Journal editorial page accused Romney of “slowly squandering an historic opportunity.” They would simply have to change “squandering” to “squandered.” And Romney knows it.

But if Romney chooses Ryan — if he makes this the “big election over big issues” that the Wall Street Journal editorial page wants — then his loss will be their loss as well. He’ll still be blamed, of course. But the fact will remain that he took conservative counsel, adopted conservative ideas, named a conservative hero as his vice president, ran on the Ryan budget, and lost to a liberal. The right will not be able to pretend they weren’t on the ticket. They will have chosen the ticket. The right will not be able to say Romney ran a cautious campaign. They will have cranked his campaign’s strategy up to 11.

What’s less clear is what conservatives get out of the deal, save the opportunity to see Ryan debate Joe Biden. If Ryan is named to the ticket and the ticket loses, the loss will discredit the Ryan budget, and empower those in the Republican Party who want to pivot back to the center. Whereas conservatives have some chance of winning the intraparty argument if Romney/Portman loses — “we shouldn’t have nominated the insincere moderate,” they’ll say — they have little chance of arguing that the Republican Party simply didn’t run hard enough on the Ryan budget if Romney/Ryan loses.

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jaime on August 10, 2012 at 1:40 AM

CUGAT! Now that’s SERIOUS lounge! I love it!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Don’t be shy sing along!!

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Good Night All.

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Ryan is skyrocketing on Intrade. Must be an avalanche of money rushing to bet on him.

VorDaj on August 10, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Good night Bmore sleep well!!

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Too cool, B!’Caravan’! Goodnight, B. Sleep well. See you soon.!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:46 AM

PS..Here is you JS tune..One of my favs..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 1:37 AM

You always rock. Played the heck out of that album back in the day. Two bedroom apt–$110 a month, 1974 El Camino. Starting as a rookie po-po. Great times. Mrs Ziffel wasn’t around to terrorize me yet.

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 1:46 AM

You’re tunes were too funny, Scrumpy! Excellent!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:48 AM

But Now I’m Back

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Wonderful Sax B!

Jackie, I really like Pink Martini! Thanks for sharing…

I am off to bed…

Good night and God Bless!!

TTYT on QOTD!!

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 1:52 AM

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Ahh the memories!..:)

PS..74 El Camino..Cool!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Later!..Enjoyed it!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Goodnight, Scrumpy! My pleasure to introduce you to Pink Martini! see you soon! Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Going to bed friends. Here’s an old one.

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

High Water Everywhere ( Bonamassa)

I’m cuing this up… because we need the gods of cool weather and long, gentle, soaking rains to remember out ADDRESS! We need rain!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:56 AM

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:49 AM

You could have gone another direction!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Goodnight, Arnold! Sleep well!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:57 AM

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Glad you like it.

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 1:57 AM

One more and then I’m really gone. :)

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 1:45 AM

‘Nite Bmore

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 1:56 AM

So true, my friend!:)

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 1:58 AM

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

‘Nite arnold

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 1:58 AM

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Very nice!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Scrumpy on August 10, 2012 at 1:52 AM

‘Nite Scrumpy

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:00 AM

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Classic!..We could spend the whole night playing their tunes!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 2:01 AM

arnold ziffel on August 10, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Very cool, Arnold! Sleep well!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:01 AM

More Lounge

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Did someone mention a Sax??!!!??..:)

PS..A sexy Sax Player I might add!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 2:03 AM

More Lounge

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 2:03 AM

That was very cool. I love the little elephant tattoo, too! Do you think she’s a Republican? LOL!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Ryan is skyrocketing on Intrade. Must be an avalanche of money rushing to bet on him.
VorDaj on August 10, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Yep, and against Portman.
A little conventional wisdom, a lot of mass hysteria. I hope they are right!

topdog on August 10, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Elevator

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:11 AM

The flim-flam president has done nothing to address our underlying problems. Instead, he has focused on managing American perception and in doing so, has driven the stock market to a level it does not want to be. The rubber-band has been stretched to its’ limit. Beware the unintended consequences of our naive and vane president.

RasThavas on August 10, 2012 at 2:13 AM

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:11 AM

OH! Now you’re just being cruel!LOL! And after I gave you some good McKennett tunes, too!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:14 AM

More Lounge

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Do you think she’s a Republican? LOL!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM

lolz..Let’s hope so!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 2:16 AM

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

I’m going to close it out with some theme music.

By the way, was I mixed up last night about the Cheyanne theme music? Was it you? cynccook seemed like she didn’t know what I was talking about.

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Well, its late… so… I bid you a fond goodnight. I enjoyed the tunes. Its been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:21 AM

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:20 AM

“Cheyanne theme music” doesn’t ring a bell. Sorry!LOL! Goodnight, Jamie… thanks for the tunes!

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:22 AM

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Later!..Enjoyed it!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2012 at 2:24 AM

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:22 AM

‘Nite thatsafactjack

Thanks for the great music.

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:25 AM

“Cheyanne theme music” doesn’t ring a bell.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Relief. Then I wasn’t out of my mind. ‘Nite

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:26 AM

‘Nite All

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Nice tunes jammed. Night

tom daschle concerned on August 10, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Jammed=jaime

tom daschle concerned on August 10, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Mitt can wait, all the way until the R convention to announce his VP pick. Make the dems guess and press…

Gohawgs on August 10, 2012 at 2:44 AM

I’ll take Madeleine, y’all can have Olympia…

Gohawgs on August 10, 2012 at 2:58 AM

No VP, no matter how dynamic or popular can save Romney. His poll numbers just keep going down and it’s obvious that the all knowing Republican Party has picked another McCain. We’re screwed by our own screwdriver folks. Sad but true.

rplat on August 10, 2012 at 3:31 AM

I got the lights.

tom daschle concerned on August 10, 2012 at 4:59 AM

http://gawker.com/5932875/lets-have-a-maximum-income?comment=51673842

Nay, the proposed maximum of 5 millions dollars a year is way too high, $250000, Barry’s definition of rich, is more appropriate. And that should start with NBA players, actors and actresses, Bruce Springteen and other singers.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 5:46 AM

Good morning HA

I say it’ll be next week Anne is still in London i believe

Typical msdnc ad….chuck todd, ‘do you want a country that will get better (with Obama face on the screen) or that will get worse (with mitts face on the screen)….
No bias there

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 5:49 AM

Screwed Delphi employee speaks out on Fox News

This is the story that Michelle Malkin is begging the Romney campaign to delve into because it is just overflowing with corruption. In short the Obama campaign made sure that when the GM plant Delphi closed down, that the pensions for union employees were completely protected while cutting non-union pensions up to 70% in some cases.

Now emails are being exposed that demonstrate the complicity of the Obama administration, namely Valerie Jarrett, who sought to ensure that union members got preference.

Watch here:

If, like me, you’d forgotten about this Delphi story among the many things the Obama administration has done over the last 3 1/2 years, then take a listen to Michelle Malkin in 2010 bringing this story to light. She talks about letters she got from hundreds of Delphi employees whose lives had been ruined because they weren’t Union employees. She also cuts to the chase and tells us exactly why this happened: Watch here:

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Msdnc plans on running documentaries on both nominees… mitt will be interviewed but Obama has declined and will send in biden…tingles must be upset

Something tells mitt will not be shown in a good light being it is msdnc

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Bayview… we knew obama could sink lower and he’s proving us right

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Exclusive: Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:24 AM

That Dog that Wouldn’t Huntmans and Chrissy Whitman?

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 6:28 AM

Why is Fox News just regurgitating their latest skewed poll without noting its D+9 sample? It is infuriating to hear people throw around these bogus polls. I think Romney is struggling right now, but no way in hell he’s down by 9 points.

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 6:32 AM

That Dog that Wouldn’t Huntmans and Chrissy Whitman?

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 6:28 AM

According to the article, no, it’s supposedly registered Republican voters.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:33 AM

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-ad-alleges-romney-role-notorious-tax-scandal-040118660–abc-news-politics.html?_esi=1

In answering the charges made in the ad, spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg called it “dishonorable and dishonest”. Does it mean anything that it is not Andrea Saul?

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Flora duh
Are they that worried about empty seats, their gonna bring in some Republicans on bath salts to fill them????///////

angrymike on August 10, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Why is Fox News just regurgitating their latest skewed poll without noting its D+9 sample? It is infuriating to hear people throw around these bogus polls. I think Romney is struggling right now, but no way in hell he’s down by 9 points.

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 6:32 AM

It is worse, because Fox was labeling statistical noises as “trend”.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Exclusive: Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Heh, I said here when Huntsman exploded on the scene like a book of wet matches that HE was going to end up speaking at the convention: the Democrat one in Charlottesville. You could see miles away: he thinks himself Zell Miller of the Republicans.

Marcus on August 10, 2012 at 6:35 AM

That Dog that Wouldn’t Huntmans and Chrissy Whitman?

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 6:28 AM

According to the article, no, it’s supposedly registered Republican voters.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Oh, big deal. Like the RNC can’t find Dems who hate Obama.

Marcus on August 10, 2012 at 6:37 AM

the moaning joe crew ecstatic that obama up by 9 this late in the game.

time to go desperate they say. paul ryan vs chris christie.

joe foaming at the mouth at the mere suggestion that paul ryan doesn’t have enough experience to be president.
HE’S BEEN IN WAHINGTON SINCE HE WAS 22! screams joe, he know washington better than obama.

renalin on August 10, 2012 at 6:41 AM

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 6:28 AM

angrymike on August 10, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Marcus on August 10, 2012 at 6:37 AM

From the article:

Each night of the convention will include a star turn for what planners call “real people” — for instance, an auto worker whose job was saved, a student who benefited from college loans and an entrepreneur fueled by federal research-and-development funds.

The most innovative — and harshest — element of the preliminary program is a nightly “social contrast” in which two people describe their personal experience with a hot-button issue — one person lauding the president’s actions, the other taking Romney to task.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Mitt better grow some…spine, Obama wants to bail out everybody. My take.

kingsjester on August 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Renalin, joe speaks the truth on Ryan …lots more experience than Obama

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 6:53 AM

cmsinaz, agree with you. joe was upset that harold ford had said ryan didn’t have enough experience to lead from day one.

the left has built that meme. so now we have to live by it. the dems can pick edwards and no problem.

renalin on August 10, 2012 at 7:04 AM

In the end, it is Romney’s choice. The rest of these people do not matter.

Terrye on August 10, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Ha, Fox and Friends has a new substitute hostess who fits the bill: blonde, curvy, and great exposed legs. Man that show has a “type” doesn’t it.

They’re reporting Donald Trump isn’t even invited to the Convention, despite the headline article at the top of the page here. Me thinks he’s trying to GET himself there.

Marcus on August 10, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Oh, big deal. Like the RNC can’t find Dems who hate Obama.

Marcus on August 10, 2012 at 6:37 AM

If Rush, Beck, Hannity, Levin et al were to play back all the calls they’ve had from Dems with buyer’s remorse it would take days. I wonder how many more of them never called or couldn’t get through.

Eren on August 10, 2012 at 7:07 AM

When you see Harold Ford, Jr on MSNBC, just remember that his entire family are the biggest crooks that Memphis and Shelby County, TN have ever seen. His Uncle John is about to be released from prison. Look them up for yourselves.

kingsjester on August 10, 2012 at 7:14 AM

@rickklein Paul Ryan “on the shortest of short list,” @jonkarl reports @GMA

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Saw that on UD a couple days ago, I wonder if they’ll take it down now. There were actually two definitions for “Harry Reid”

Eren on August 10, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Gotcha renalin

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Eren on August 10, 2012 at 7:21 AM

I get the reason behind it, but I don’t care for the idea of labeling someone a “child molester” as a t*t-for-tat.

But, guess who is now suggesting Romney paid no taxes?

Obama Releases Incredible Ad Suggesting Romney Paid No Taxes

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:35 AM

moaning joe and the washington compost both heavily promoting christie as the vp choice, as the floundering romney campaign loses ground to obama.

2 NE governors. gonna reel in those evangelical and southern voters. yeah baby!

renalin on August 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM

But, guess who is now suggesting Romney paid no taxes?

Obama Releases Incredible Ad Suggesting Romney Paid No Taxes

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:35 AM

It is entirely possible that Romney had very little tax obligation legally in 2009. That is a year of the collapse of the market , so a lot of people had lot of capital loss. That largely offset his gain. And his return in 2010 did mention capital loss carried forward. He also put in 35 millions dollars to his campaign.

But all those are legal and just as Justice Learned Hand said, what every citizen should do.

But how did Barry/Axelrod come upon those tax return information? And however they acquired it, it is slimy, dangerous and illegal.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Christie is a no go. The country will look at his Broadwalk blowup and shutters.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 7:47 AM

http://news.yahoo.com/three-u-soldiers-killed-uniformed-afghan-helmand-064345412.html

According to NATO, there have been 24 such attacks on foreign troops since January in which 28 people have been killed, not including Thursday’s attack. Last year, there were 21 attacks in which 35 people were killed.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:35 AM

It’s a dilemma I deal with every day: it’s stooping to their level, but is anything less than fighting fire with fire effective? When they have my adrenaline going it’s hard not to give in to that.

Eren on August 10, 2012 at 7:53 AM

This Generation’s Jack Kemp? Paul Ryan For VP: Pros and Cons

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:48 AM

I was thinking last night this cycle’s Jack Kemp would be Portman or Pawlenty. Like adding water to water for flavoring. Excitement factor: zero. Paul Ryan isn’t Jack Kemp.

Marcus on August 10, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Christie is a no go. The country will look at his Broadwalk blowup and shutters. shudders.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 7:47 AM

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 7:56 AM

I was thinking last night this cycle’s Jack Kemp would be Portman or Pawlenty. Like adding water to water for flavoring. Excitement factor: zero. Paul Ryan isn’t Jack Kemp.

Marcus on August 10, 2012 at 7:54 AM

The country has not had enough jives in the last 4 years?

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Paul Ryan isn’t Jack Kemp.

Marcus on August 10, 2012 at 7:54 AM

From the article:

For many conservatives, Jack Kemp was the rightful heir to Reagan. And it can be said that Ryan is the rightful heir to the late Kemp.

Ryan, though, is neither a Reagan or a Kemp. Ryan lacks Reagan’s political skills and Kemp’s fire. Ryan even conceded as much himself.

“I wish I could say I had Jack’s natural charisma … his infectious enthusiasm … his quarterback’s skill at leading people … his gift for turning opponents into friends and sometimes even allies,” Ryan said while speaking at the Kemp Foundation. “These were personal qualities to envy, but they probably don’t describe this Wisconsinite.”

Although Ryan is not stylistically similar to Kemp, he can potentially be like Kemp in how he influences the next president in confronting the debt, which is to this generation what Communism was to Reagan’s.

Reagan was influenced by Kemp’s economic ideas, enacted them, and this allowed America to defeat the Soviet Union — when they could not keep up with America’s economic and military expansion — without firing a shot.

In much the same way, Ryan can help the potential President Romney take the country back on the course of fiscal solvency like Kemp helped Reagan defeat the Soviets.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Mini-me.

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM

mika says can’t have another VP candidate take away the presidential candidates spotlight like Palin.
yet she goes on to shamelessly plug christie.

renalin on August 10, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Don’t you think that those three men were interested in solving problems based on goal of individual and area improvement rather than dependency? For me that seems to be the biggest difference.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Byron York has it right. If Romney picks Ryan, it will be because he caved to those who want less government, more liberty, sustainable economics, and an honest hope for the future. Terrible things for which to compromise one’s RINO lack of principles, eh?

Tool.

Pick Ryan and win by pleasing the Right who remains skeptical. Pick Pawlenty or Portsman and weaken the base while trying to appease the finicky “middle”. Don’t worry about the independents. There are more than 3 months left to show them how horrible Obama is, if they don’t already know. Just use Ed’s OOTD files.

Freelancer on August 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Had Reagan only chosen Kemp as VP, instead of GHWB, we would probably never have suffered the BillyJeff years, and we certainly wouldn’t be suffering the current attack on Constitutional liberty. Eight years of President Kemp instead of four years of President Bush would have made a tremendous difference.

Freelancer on August 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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