Quotes of the day

posted at 9:31 pm on August 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

After a week marred by a not-ready-for-prime-time staffer who had movement conservatives questioning Team Romney’s competence, sanity, and willingness to fight the brass-knuckles White House and Chicago thug operatives, the Romney campaign made the right decision.

And the Right decision

Paul Ryan is fresh, young, energetic, smart, courageous, and ready for prime time.

Paul Ryan is a policy wonk AND a front-line warrior whose budget and long-term entitlement reforms have the entire Dem-Soros-lapdog media machine unhinged…

Paul Ryan won’t cut and run when the going gets tough.

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Romney-Ryan are firmly offering to complete the Reagan Revolution by a) modernizing the social safety net so that it is fiscally sustainable and increases economic mobility and true economic security, and b) reforming the tax code so that it boosts economic growth and reduces crony capitalism. The 21st century would be the American Century, led by a growing, prosperous, confident nation whose government enables the private sector to innovate rather than crowding it out. The American Experiment would be revitalized, fueled by the spirit of democratic capitalism.

As Ryan said earlier today when announced as Romney’s pick, “We can turn this thing around. We can.”

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Ryan refutes the Democratic Party’s bogus arguments. He knows that our domestic spending trajectory is unsustainable and that liberals who fail to get it under control are leading their constituents over a cliff, just like in Europe. Eventually, you can’t borrow enough money to make good on your promises, and everyone’s screwed. Ryan understands that the longer we ignore the debt crisis and postpone serious budget cuts—the liberal equivalent of denying global warming—the more painful the reckoning will be. There’s nothing compassionate about that kind of irresponsibility…

Screw the polls. Republicans will be on the right side of the spending debate. They’ll be on the right side of the substance debate, too. Instead of bickering about Romney’s tax returns and repeating the obvious but unhelpful observation that the unemployment rate sucks, we’ll actually have to debate serious problems and solutions. That’s great for the country…

It speaks enormously well for Romney that he made this choice. It tells me he’d run the country the same way he ran Massachusetts: as a prudent, numbers-oriented businessman.

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Romney’s decision to tap Ryan, the idea man of the Republican Party, is a challenge to President Obama.

In 2008, the central component of Obama’s meteoric rise was that politics had become too cynical and small, and that it was important to have a more substantive debate on the pressing issues facing the nation. His appeal to independents was rooted in this very idea. In the current campaign, Obama has decided that in the face of a weak economy and tepid approval ratings, his path to victory rests on destroying Romney. But with the Ryan pick, Obama has been given a chance to have a substantive debate. After all, it was Obama that helped elevate Ryan in January 2010, when he picked him out of the crowd to acknowledge the congressman had produced a “serious proposal” to address entitlements, even though he disagreed with it.

Ryan is effectively holding a mirror up to Obama.

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It is true that Democrats are licking their chops. And that they will claim a vote for them is a vote to save Medicare. But that’s misguided.

Put another way: Because Obamacare already messes with entitlements, there is greater urgency for reforming the entitlement system. That is, Obama and Biden are the ones who touched entitlements, and Romney and Ryan are coming in to fix them…

Romney has been hinting at this message for some time: Under the presidency of Barack Obama, the United States has fallen into decline. The entitlement problem hasn’t just remained the same; the problems have been exacerbated.

The country needs real changes to restore American greatness. A vote for Obama-Biden is a vote for unsustainability. A vote for Romney-Ryan is a vote for change, and therefore hope that America’s best days are ahead. Or, we might say, Team Romney is all about hope and change — a campaign theme that is known to work rather well!

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Ryan will help Romney govern. If the Republican ticket triumphs in November, having Ryan on-side will help Romney, a non-Washingtonian, navigate the complexities of Capitol Hill. But here it’s important to keep in mind that Ryan is an ideologue and a Beltway wheeler-dealer, attuned to both the possibilities for bipartisanship (recall that his latest Medicare proposal is co-sponsored with a Senate Democrat) and the need to sometimes swallow hard and take one for the team (hence those Bush-era votes for TARP and Medicare Part D). Thus if Romney wants to push an aggressive agenda in his first hundred days or year in office, Ryan will be a natural point person — but if the Romney White House then needs to compromise well short of conservative objectives, Ryan will be capable of negotiating the deal and ready and willing to sell it to a reluctant base. What’s more, having Ryan as a loyal administration foot soldier (whose own presidential ambitions are bound up in Romney’s success) will prevent the Wisconsin congressman from setting up a rival center of power within the party, or becoming a locus of conservative dissent. Some conservatives may think that the Ryan choice brought Romney permanently on-side for their ambitions. But it’s also possible that the choice will ultimately be remembered as the moment when Romney co-opted conservatives instead.

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“Going big has risks, but fewer than going small,” a top Romney adviser told POLITICO early Saturday, after news of the decision broke. “Now this is a race about what the future’s going to look like. … This was all Mitt’s decision. These are two guys who love data, and have a similar way of looking at the world. … Mitt isn’t thinking about Ohio or the Hispanic vote. He’s thinking: ‘I’m gonna be president. Who’s going to help me succeed?’”…

Perhaps so, but Romney and his aides have a lot of questions to answer: If being ready to govern on Day One was the chief criteria, how did Romney, who has scant foreign policy and national security experience himself, overcome the objection that his vice president would have even less? If the basis of Romney’s campaign is that he is a business-minded Washington outsider, what attracted him to someone like Ryan, who has been in Washington since his twenties and has no business or executive experience?

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One Obama backer privately said — not the least bit in jest — that the campaign could now siphon off cash donations for margarita machines, because there was so much to celebrate between now and Election Day.

Another Democratic operative declared the election effectively over — that Ryan was the self-hammered nail in Romney’s own coffin.

“They chose a candidate who is 42, but looks 22, and is a professional Washington politician,” said Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, a top adviser to John Edwards’ 2008 campaign and former chief of staff to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. “He helps Romney with not a single state, not a single demographic and he won’t turn a single undecided vote around. He also destroys Romney’s argument that professional Washington insiders and politicians aren’t qualified to govern. He’s a disastrous pick that proves the Romney and Republicans are stuck in some kind of time capsule where they think they can win elections by debating obscure conservative theory.”

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This probably improves Obama’s chances of winning. The Ryan plan doesn’t exactly have a great track record winning elections: It played a large role in the Republicans’ defeat in a special election in upstate New York in early 2011. Romney’s path to victory involves winning an outsized share of downscale white voters, and this plan presumably makes that task more difficult. Again, maybe the focus-group testing shows that opposition to the president is so strong among these voters that it just doesn’t matter, but I don’t think I’d bet the farm on this.

In fact, it opens up an Obama landslide scenario for the first time. I’ve always thought that Obama wouldn’t be able to win more than a two-to-three-point re-election victory, mainly because a president almost never wins the votes of people who disapprove of the job that he is doing, and Obama’s approval rating is unlikely to be much above 50 percent on Election Day. But, while I don’t think it’s guaranteed, this really does give Democrats an opportunity to make Romney so radioactive that people who don’t like the president nevertheless vote for him. If the white working class revolts at the prospect of the Ryan plan, Obama really could match, or even exceed, his 2008 showing.

These types of picks rarely end well. When we think back on the “bold” or “unexpected” picks in history, they rarely have good outcomes.

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Democrats will have to be smart. They should show respect for Ryan for being a serious guy, but then just explain to people, urgently but not over-heatedly, what he’s proposed. It’s just very hard to imagine that middle-of-the-road voters want harsh future cuts to Medicare, massive tax cuts for the rich, and huge reductions to domestic programs that most swing voters really don’t hate. Does this choice work in Florida, with all those old people? If Romney just sacrificed Florida, he’s lost the election already.

And why? To placate a party that doesn’t even want him as its nominee anyway. It’s psycho-weird. But at least it will carry the benefit, if this ticket loses, of keeping conservatives from griping that they lost because their ticket was too moderate. Conservatism will share — will own — this loss.

Is all that “daring”? Well, Thelma and Louise were “daring” too, but they ended up at the bottom of a canyon. If the Democrats handle this situation properly, that’s where this ticket will end up too, and then the rest of us—the people who don’t want federal policy to be based on Atlas Shrugged—can finally and fully press the case to the right that America is not behind you, and please grow up.

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Romney has all but put a neon sign above his campaign headquarters saying, “We are terrified.” There is no other reason for Mr. Play-it-Safe to take such a risk, unless the campaign was desperate. He clearly felt pressed to make a “bold” choice that would be a game changer, and he fell under the sway of the conservative intelligentsia who are in love with Ryan. In short: He got rolled. Conservatives persuaded him to choose their man, a choice that is great for the conservative movement and for Ryan, who will now be set up for a future presidential run, but terrible for Romney…

Ryan’s boosters say he is a great pick because he excites the base. Who cares? Obama has more than taken care of that. Conservatives are voting for Romney not because they love him, but because they hate Obama. Romney’s strongest appeal was that he is really a pretty moderate governor from Massachusetts who could appeal to swing voters who are unhappy with Obama. No more: Moderate voters in focus groups have been repelled by the Ryan plan.

Many pundits are claiming this choice is going to make the election about “big ideas.” If only. Perhaps the political class will continue to argue about how to deal with the fiscal calamity that is our country, but the campaign will be fought mostly through vicious micro-targeted advertising, which hasn’t generally been known for fostering rich debates among the electorate.

So long, Mitt. We hardly knew ye.

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KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Slow poke…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 2:45 AM

That is a classic!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Looks like there are problems!.:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

WOW… this Sean Trende is a real idiot… LOL… I cannot stop laughing, he is blaming a loss of New Special election house seat on Ryan plan…Seriously who are these idiots on our side, it is embarrassing…

mnjg on August 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 2:38 AM

The Dems’ get-down-and-dirty tactics of the past, where they had total control of the media and narrative, are gone. People are more informed than ever before; the entire sum of human knowledge and reportage are at our fingertips, for those of us who try being in the information cycle.

I may be wrong, but I don’t buy the liberal-broadcast idea that people disdain a ‘negative’ campaign. If Americans truly did, the Dems wouldn’t use the tactic and their MSM wouldn’t say it’s ‘working’.

Americans love a fight, the challenge is ‘convince me’.

I don’t believe the Obama campaign has what it takes to win. Their memes are all puerile, more fit for sandbox fights in preschool than among savvy adults.

The Chicago brand of street thuggery doesn’t get far past Chicago. It’s a big country out there, and I don’t think even Obama and the entire DNC has the clout to make Americans who want nothing more right now than an honest job blankly vote for Obama.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Looks like you are constitutionally incapable of facing the truth.

promachus on August 12, 2012 at 2:17 AM

I think he’s calling you incontinent, Dire. Which means you don’t give a poop.

John the Libertarian on August 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Us! Your the one with the tan an sand in your shoes!

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 2:46 AM

absolutely marvelous

I so want me a dolphin now. We’ll put him in Fontenelle.

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Your=You’re

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 2:57 AM

an=and , gee screwed up 2 out of 10 words in one comment. You tell me why?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Slow poke

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM

…oh no!…that gumpy goof can poke themself…I have a whole day of thread to catch up on…I overdosed the kids with talk radio all the way home…they were happy to have head phones!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 2:59 AM

“green” room, Dave? :)

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 3:02 AM

John the Libertarian on August 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

LoLz..Consider the source!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Good Night All.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Blaze of Glory

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Looks like there are problems!.:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 2:55 AM

McNeese State…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 3:04 AM

an=and , gee screwed up 2 out of 10 words in one comment. You tell me why?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 2:59 AM

You idolize Dire?…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Goodnight, B! Sleep well. Its been a pleasure! See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 3:05 AM

I bid you all a goodnight. Its been a pleasure, as always. Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 3:07 AM

nite b

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 3:07 AM

nite jackie

one more for u

http://youtu.be/nSLqbl2Xshs

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 3:08 AM

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 2:57 AM

I hear you!..Gilmore is one of the best!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 2:56 AM

…they’ve been wayyyyy too nice to the trolls this week…I’m the only immature one here I guess…. and I noticed this week that they are multiplying…. like disability compensation applications…and now that Ryan is in the picture…they will plug this site like tiny plugs on Biden’s head!
I gotta wait another week since I have to move one to school to JugEar’s hometown…and then another one next week.
I think hunting season is opening up…soon!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 3:05 AM

LoLz..I do have the typo effect!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 3:13 AM

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:13 AM

It wouldn’t be a problem if the trolls were brought to heel for once, instead of we Conservatives being constantly on guard to be careful of our posts.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 3:15 AM

nite all

dire we’ll have to do floyd again soon

adios, vaya con dios
Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 3:21 AM

You idolize Dire?…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 3:05 AM

…only because…we all believe…he will be the anointed one… to find Dave!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:22 AM

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Lets give the devil his due. We all love the trolls. Let one pop up and say something outrageous and next thing you know there are 20+ replies. Truth be told they are the life of a thread.

DFCtomm on August 12, 2012 at 3:22 AM

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Nice tune!..Enjoyed it!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 3:22 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Enjoyed it!..Later..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 3:24 AM

It wouldn’t be a problem if the trolls were brought to heel for once, instead of we Conservatives being constantly on guard to be careful of our posts.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 3:15 AM

…their stupidity is getting tiresome…

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:25 AM

…only because…we all believe…he will be the anointed one… to find Dave!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:22 AM

rofl!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 3:25 AM

DFCtomm on August 12, 2012 at 3:22 AM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Enjoyed it as always!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Lets give the devil his due. We all love the trolls. Let one pop up and say something outrageous and next thing you know there are 20+ replies. Truth be told they are the life of a thread.

DFCtomm on August 12, 2012 at 3:22 AM

Excuse me, please, if you will.

I for one, am sick to death of being labeled by the trolls with impunity for them, while I and other Conservatives have to mind our words. WE better be careful what we post in a place that ostensibly claims to offer free speech for all. But not about that magical ‘all’.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of liberals being allowed to call me and people like me as hateful, Nazis, and every other slander liberals are allowed here to attack me, my family, and my fellow Conservatives.

When liberals are allowed free run of a Conservative site, that site is dead at some point. Liberals, with the willing help of PC moderators, destroy Conservative sites–the aim of the trolls.

Liberal places don’t allow any such dissenting opinions, let alone the liberty of their enemies to attack us Conservatives in such lying abusive ways, all the time. Only conservatives are penalized, almost never the liblets.

That’s why most Conservative sites lose their Conservative members, leaving the place to nonsense bickering instead of the site being a safe place for Conservatives to have discussions.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 3:33 AM

…their stupidity is getting tiresome…

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:25 AM

It was a crashing bore in the 70s. But people keep indulging them, and the mods keep granting them license.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 3:35 AM

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Yes we will!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 3:33 AM

The comment section is all about the numbers, and the trolls drive the numbers. I’m sure you’ve noticed how one can show up and drive the post count. It’s the same problem as women in bars. That’s why they invented ladies night, so don’t be too shocked that they get special treatment.

DFCtomm on August 12, 2012 at 3:39 AM

So long, Mitt. We hardly knew ye

…bad catnip?

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:43 AM

The comment section is all about the numbers, and the trolls drive the numbers. I’m sure you’ve noticed how one can show up and drive the post count. It’s the same problem as women in bars. That’s why they invented ladies night, so don’t be too shocked that they get special treatment.

DFCtomm on August 12, 2012 at 3:39 AM

If that’s the case, then there’s no place for Conservatives even on ostensible ‘conservative’ sites. If that’s the case, then the liberals are right: Conservative sites are run by hypocritical liars, money-makers. And the mods are PC types–liars, too, who give more credence to liberal slanders and protect such, while carefully watching every word a Conservative might write, almost as if with aching heart to ban the Conservative while letting the slanderous liblet run free.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 3:47 AM

Pantload just took another sh%t in his pants…

Seven Percent Solution on August 12, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Pantload just took another sh%t in his pants…

Seven Percent Solution on August 12, 2012 at 3:52 AM

*clink*..Excellent my friend!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 4:06 AM

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 3:13 AM

I think it’s great to have the lefty trolls around. I consider their presence to be a fear gauge. More lefties stopping by is indicative of the palpable panic that is taking over their misguided cause.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 4:11 AM

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 3:33 AM

…good points…you just don’t quit though…you go after libs trying to do what they try to do do a site…just acing as stupidly to them…in the same inane way…using double entendre’s…so you don’t get the hammer..
You don’t need trolls to drive traffic here…just a good topic!
Go back and look at the big ones going 500-1000 and more…and the topic will drive the discussion every time.

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 4:14 AM

I think it’s great to have the lefty trolls around. I consider their presence to be a fear gauge. More lefties stopping by is indicative of the palpable panic that is taking over their misguided cause.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 4:11 AM

Why? You can’t ‘win’ against them. We gain nothing by acknowledging them, so what’s the point? All they do is disrupt the place, which is what they want.

If you want a peaceful place for Conservatives, ban the liberals. They have plenty of their own places for their free speech. Why should they be allowed to infest ours?

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 4:17 AM

Why?

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 4:17 AM

What do you mean, “why?” I just told you why. You can just take a whiff of the air when they show up and smell their fear. It smells like victory!

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 4:30 AM

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 4:14 AM

I don’t believe in surrender, the same way I disdain mods in an ostensibly Conservative site letting liberals off the hook, all the time, while keeping the site’s base under a microscope.

I do not believe in ‘crossing the aisle’, having ‘hands across the water’.

Liberalism is the antithesis of American liberty, and liberals are anathema to that.

Liberals are not meant to be partners in negotiation, since they never operate in good faith (70 years of history bear that out).

Liberals are not our friends, they have nothing in common with us. Their concept of politics–even their idea of reality–is to be destroyed. Liberals, as persons, are to be defeated, crushed, marginalized, and reduced to outcasts in a civilized society.

If that’s somehow ‘bad’ of me, so be it.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 4:31 AM

What do you mean, “why?” I just told you why. You can just take a whiff of the air when they show up and smell their fear. It smells like victory!

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 4:30 AM

When a liblet posts, I smell Eau de Septic Tanque.

But I get your point. *L*

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Updated August 12, 2012, 4:48 a.m. ET

Secretive Wooing of Ryan Involved Backdoor Exits
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DULLES, Va. — The day before Rep. Paul Ryan was introduced as Mitt Romney’s running mate,

he surreptitiously walked through his backyard in Janesville, Wisc., and was smuggled, with the help of a congressional aide and a 19-year-old, to a Fairfield Inn in North Carolina.

“We wanted to try to do this very quietly and looked at maps and put it together,” said Beth Myers, the woman who coordinated Mr. Romney’s pick, recounting the tale in an airport hangar here after Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin had been named as the Republican running mate and Kid Rock’s “Born Free” had been blasted at Romney-Ryan rallies Saturday across Virginia.

She mostly got her wish. Even though plenty of aides had been briefed on the vice presidential pick — foreign policy adviser Dan Senor, senior adviser Ed Gillespie, chief strategist Stuart Stevens, campaign manager Matt Rhoades and longtime friend Bob White, among others– the news stayed under wraps until just hours before the official announcement.

Ms. Myers gleefully unraveled the events of the weekend, explaining how Mr. Ryan stole past his childhood treehouse in an a quiet escape from Janesville Friday and ultimately landed in front the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk Saturday morning, where he was announced as joining the the 2012 Republican ticket.

Getting to the moment of the surprise announcement was a long and tortured process.
(More….)
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443537404577584212024651478.html

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Good morning

Dear leader’s team is calling R2 the go back team

Heck ya….R2 can play that up big time

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Good linky Canopfor

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Bmore corrected me….R3

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 7:23 AM

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/08/media-bias-in-action-attacking-paul-ryan/

And Time magazine announced 33% drop in single magazine sale. Newsweek will be closing print edition. CNN wallows in record lowest rating. Starve those whorls out of existence.

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 7:33 AM

MY PRAYER TODAY

Dear Lord, let this be a sign of the irreversible ascendance of the Tea Party, and an end to the ‘establishment’ of the GOP.

Czar of Defenestration on August 12, 2012 at 7:40 AM

WE ARE CURRENTLY GOING B-A-R-A-C-K-W-A-R-D-S !!!

stenwin77 on August 12, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Good one bayview

We know them so well and it boggles the mind that folks still believe in their tripe

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Czar of Defenestration on August 12, 2012 at 7:40 AM

x 10

Rovin on August 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

WE ARE CURRENTLY GOING B-A-R-A-C-K-W-A-R-D-S !!!

stenwin77 on August 12, 2012 at 7:43 AM

You mean “You”, not me, you certainly don’t speak for me or for most other conservatives…don’t tell me we are going to have to put up with this kind of stuff for the next 90 days as we whup your butt…

right2bright on August 12, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I haven’t had a chance to read all the comments in this thread but I would imagine it probably had a few people lamenting how Romney has lost Florida because of picking Ryan.

I just did a quick peruse of several Florida newspapers. As to be expected you’ve got the liberal rags in S. Fl and along the I-4 corridor that are repeating the DNC talking points about how Ryan wants to throw granny off the cliff.

Those in the home-town smaller papers are welcoming the Ryan pick as an opportunity to finally have an adult discussion about our financial crisis.

What those who are sure Florida is now lost may not realize is, there are alot more of the latter than the former in our state.

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Czar of Defenestration on August 12, 2012 at 7:40 AM

sadly your prayer was not answered. instead we got rino squared.

certs is two mints in one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8zwnXjIjPM

those were the days.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Is Ryan appearing on any Sunday Talkie Show today?

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Is Ryan appearing on any Sunday Talkie Show today?

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Lineup is out, Ryan is not going on those shows today.

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 8:05 AM

My take.

kingsjester on August 12, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Bmore corrected me….R3

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Less of a correction than it was an update. ; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

No group of progressives can touch that.

bayam on August 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

This group hasn’t you’re right. They sped right by it at warp speed, exceeding it in depth and breadth.

totherightofthem on August 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Lets give the devil his due. We all love the trolls. Let one pop up and say something outrageous and next thing you know there are 20+ replies. Truth be told they are the life of a thread.

DFCtomm on August 12, 2012 at 3:22 AM

So I’ve been told. Makes for a less enjoyable read of the threads. While we’re giving the devil his due. Combined numbers on Ryan threads 5255 and counting. Good topics drive the devil crazy. Trolls too, ; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

DFCtomm on August 12, 2012 at 3:22 AM

Takes me too long to recognize that’s what they are. Anyway, the interaction can be funny.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Question for the ladies: Paul Ryan is sort of odd looking, does he stand a chance with shallow women voters who vote for the good looking candidate?

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Such a question! How would we know how shallow ladies would vote?

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

I saw this photo comparison months ago but I figured it would make a comeback. If a woman were shallow, Ryan might just sway her towards the Republican ticket. Mitt’s no slouch in the looks department, either if said woman was mature or had daddy or “sugar” daddy issues.

I’m just here for the color commentary…

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Deficits, as far as the eye can see.
Entitlements, paid for with other people’s children’s freedom.
Obamacare/Romneycare, a blight on America for generations to come.

Yeah for the R&R team! Restructure & Resell!

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

So, weird. If I get a specific P&G ad featured at the bottom of the article, the page doesn’t load completely. If I refresh and get the same ad, it doesn’t load completely, but if I refresh and get a different ad, voila, the page loads.

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM
“… instead we got rino squared.”

I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic or an imbecile.

You remind me of Adi here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zTW6Ekqn-4

Czar of Defenestration on August 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Fallon on August 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Is the Glee guy going to feel compelled to dye his hair or have plastic surgery now?

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Let’s hope they know a better way.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

For those who worry about endless ads with Ryan throwing grandma off a cliff, Frank Luntz just said this ad did not impress seniors, 1/3 laughed at it. So go for it Team Obama! Own the laughingstock!

Buy Danish on August 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

`Tis indeed a target-rich QOTD …
“And now for something completely different” from the echo chamber:

It speaks enormously well for Romney that he made this choice. It tells me he’d run the country the same way he ran Massachusetts: as a prudent, numbers-oriented businessman.
By William Saletan|Posted Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/8g3jjmz

And how is RomneyCare doing these days?

Perhaps so, but Romney and his aides have a lot of questions to answer: If being ready to govern on Day One was the chief criteria, how did Romney, who has scant foreign policy and national security experience himself, overcome the objection that his vice president would have even less?
http://tinyurl.com/973mp8v

Damn good question. Sadly, we real conservatives who point this out are somehow heretics. Methinks the the “establishment” has more people in its pocket than I thought. It aint looking good.

Conservatism will share — will own — this loss.
by Michael Tomasky Aug 11, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/9twpspl

Naaaaaaaaaa …
I did not sign onto this “I`ts My Turn” candidate du jour.
Those of us with principles are not pushing two neophytes. IF the GOP had as its standard-bearer a man experienced in the military and / or foreign affairs, we would be ecstatic. You could not stop us. Only then would Paul Ryan be the ideal choice.
The world is watching as two poorly-informed campaigns are jockeying for position.
Sadly, it appears as though they (the bad guys) will prevail.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sally Kohn appears on FoxNews to badmouth the Ryan selection. It was delicious if you happened on Imus when he eviscerated her on his show and left her gasping for air.

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The world is watching as two poorly-informed campaigns are jockeying for position.
Sadly, it appears as though they (the bad guys) will prevail.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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I agree with that first line, but not the last.

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

No group of progressives can touch that.

bayam on August 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

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This group hasn’t you’re right. They sped right by it at warp speed, exceeding it in depth and breadth.

totherightofthem on August 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

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Yep. You could say they “went plaid”.

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

“(we don’t) have a definitive solution to that long-term problem (entitlements). What we do know is we don’t like yours.”

I’d expect to see that quote a lot. I mean a LOT.

There is a problem with debt, deficits, entitlements, and spending.

Both sides fully agree it’s a problem it’s serious, and the problem is getting worse.

Romney picked Ryan, and they have a plan to fix it. It’s not a perfect plan (no plan is) but it’s a plan to solve a problem.

Obama’s team has come out with Geithner and admitted they have no plan; AND that they’ll block any plan from the other side.

If you think its margarita time for Obama and he’ll coast to reelection on the “plan” of letting the economy get worse for four years while blocking any solution… I’m thinking you’ve already had a few.

gekkobear on August 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

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