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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Does this mean you’ll follow Sarah’s lead and get out and support Team R & R?

LevinFan on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

P.S. I would like to know why Ryan attended the premier of Game Change?

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I vote for down ticket through absentee and thats it. Why should I vote for Romney in my state when he has 0% chance of winning? Thats masochistic.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

With that kind of reasoning, why should you try protecting your wife during a mugging if the criminal is bigger than you?

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Boom!!!
nice work, ‘cuda

ted c on August 12, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Yes indeed, Top Gun Ted.

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Anybody else want in??

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I want a freaking mute button or a delete button one. This thread is starting to look like a freaking buzz killer. ; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:11 AM

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Okay..you lost me with the ice cream..But that is an awesome tune!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 1:12 AM

I guess the trolls were being held in reserve for the VP announcement. Hope they get overtime for all the time they are putting in.

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Why should I vote for Romney in my state when he has 0% chance of winning? Thats masochistic.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

I’m sure that sounded good in your head while you were typing it, but that makes no sense whatsoever.

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

LOLZ! I was thinking “No, responding to you (Flapjackmaka) is masochistic,” but I wasn’t enough of a masochist to do it.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I’m sure that sounded good in your head while you were typing it, but that makes no sense whatsoever.

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I vote for down ticket through absentee and thats it. Why should I vote for Romney in my state when he has 0% chance of winning? Thats masochistic.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Wow. Way to stand for principles.

Yeah, that was sarcasm.

But you really didn’t answer my earlier question…Romney wasn’t your choice, WHO was?

Just saying “downticket” and that you’ll write in absentee isn’t really an answer, i mean you must have had the perfect person in mind…

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Anybody else think the ground is swelling? It’s gonna take that to win this, but I have to say Mr. Romney showed some political courage this weekend. We need more, and we should demand more!!! And we need Sarah to burn down the house at the convention!!! Ron Paul too! All hands on deck!!! It is our children and grand children we are fighting for!

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Why nothing, Ms. Spatula/Rolling Pin adverse…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

ok. You’re just insulting me now

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM

nooo, quite the change from the compliments that you normally receive for your cogent posts :-) /s

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Just don’t start repeatedly yelling “Grammy” OR post the word “abdicate” 500 times on one thread over 36 consecutive hours like a certain someone did do…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Just out of curiosity, what would it take to bring that someone out of retirement. I know Bluegill was sweet on her. Maybe she could tell her the gang is concerned.

arnold ziffel on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I’m sure that sounded good in your head while you were typing it, but that makes no sense whatsoever.

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Is it really so? Romney is one of the biggest turds I’ve ever seen. No one has flip flopped as much as him on major clear cut issues before

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I guess the trolls were being held in reserve for the VP announcement. Hope they get overtime for all the time they are putting in.

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:12 AM

More tax money and liberal ‘patriotism’ for Obama!

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I’m sitting here waiting for the rains to come…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

0% chance of winning my state

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Hmm, surrounded by sacks is s***, seems almost like karma.

M240H on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

I do, the better half gives me a pretty firm, no! On her behalf there are many good reasons for the no. One in particular stands out. Lol!

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Let’s roll!!

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Sweet Emotion

Content warning!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

I want a freaking mute button or a delete button one. This thread is starting to look like a freaking buzz killer. ; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Then you should be having what I am right now…hehehe

Plenty of Buzz…

o_0

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Wow. Way to stand for principles.

It’s not like Romney does. If I had to pick out of them, I would say Perry but he dropped the ball a bit

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Just checking! I have to keep an eye on you!:)

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Anybody else think the ground is swelling? It’s gonna take that to win this, but I have to say Mr. Romney showed some political courage this weekend. We need more, and we should demand more!!! And we need Sarah to burn down the house at the convention!!! Ron Paul too! All hands on deck!!! It is our children and grand children we are fighting for!

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

A very sensible approach.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:16 AM

I’m sitting here waiting for the rains to come…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I had rain today. Was great

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:17 AM

It’s not like Romney does. If I had to pick out of them, I would say Perry but he dropped the ball a bit

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

So you vote down ticket but not for the President? What, it’s just too much effort to punch the presidential line in addition to the other races?

BryanS on August 12, 2012 at 1:17 AM

arnold ziffel on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Nooooooooooo, uttering Beetlejuice 3x is forbidden…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Does this mean you’ll follow Sarah’s lead and get out and support Team R & R?

LevinFan on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Like I voted for McCain because of Palin, I will vote for Romney because of Ryan.

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Well look at that! The Ryan pick is already paying huge dividends!

How does everyone at C4P like the Ryan pick?

Will most of them now support Romney due to Ryan?

LevinFan on August 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I do, too. I’ll tell you more when we have that private discussion!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Anybody else think the ground is swelling?
KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

*Raises Hand*

In case there’s any doubt, Romney is expected to raise more than $3 million from small, internet donors within 24 hours of Ryan announcement (as of 8 hours ago, he was already ad $2 million mark — personally I bet they go over $3 million).

And as further proof, take a look at Obama’s tweets today:

https://twitter.com/Capit0lism/status/234467940274171905/photo/1

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:19 AM

What, it’s just too much effort to punch the presidential line in addition to the other races?

BryanS on August 12, 2012 at 1:17 AM

I dont like romney. I dont want to stain my conscious when it’s not needed. It’s 2008 all over again here. Vote for the guy and when he loses hate him. It’ll be the same for romney

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

I vote for down ticket through absentee and thats it. Why should I vote for Romney in my state when he has 0% chance of winning? Thats masochistic.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

There’s a song somewhere with the lyrics
“you have to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything”
that I think you should listen to. I’ll see if I can find it for your listening pleasure.

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Lion is no longer a main course at dinner

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2012/08/10/2445596/lion-meat-on-dinner-menu-causes.html#storylink=cpy

Lolz. Tastes like pu$$y…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM

I vote for down ticket through absentee and thats it. Why should I vote for Romney in my state when he has 0% chance of winning? Thats masochistic.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

I don’t think I have read anything this stupid in…ever? You had the ballot in your hand. You voted R down ticket, but since Romney couldn’t win… somebod…??…………….You have to be a troll. Nobody could be that stupid.

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Is it really so? Romney is one of the biggest turds I’ve ever seen.

Yes, because John Murtha, Alan Grayson, Harry Reid, etc are all people of STERLING character.

No one has flip flopped as much as him on major clear cut issues before

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Grab a history book, Junior and look up Clinton, William Jefferson…when you’re done with that, take a look at the Administration in place NOW, and then get back to us…hmmm, on second thought…

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Hi B!

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Will most of them now support Romney due to Ryan?

LevinFan on August 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Most R’s were gonna support Mitt regardless of the VP pick. But, you knew that…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

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

Well, since my youth wasn’t as “mis-spent” as some, my comprehension abilities are somewhat less impaired…;)

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM

In his youth Dire hung out with Dave in the green room. If you know what I mean by Green.

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Angel

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

And as further proof, take a look at Obama’s tweets today:

Take haste. You have to characterize early. it’s pretty much done for romney. These are what elections are. Define your opponent. Ryan is a blank slate to 90% of the country and Obama has money.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I dont like romney. I dont want to stain my conscious when it’s not needed. It’s 2008 all over again here. Vote for the guy and when he loses hate him. It’ll be the same for romney

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

That’s a lame reason. If you’re going to go through the hassle of voting, you’ve overcome the one little hurdle of taking time to do so. You really think Obama and Romney are indistinguishable?

BryanS on August 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

It’s not like Romney does. If I had to pick out of them, I would say Perry but he dropped the ball a bit

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

So, you are waiting for perfection and did not find it in any of the nominees. Now that Romney is the nominee, he isn’t perfect; guess what? Nobody is or will be.

However, there are two choices here, either Romney becomes president or Obama remains president for the next four years, implements ObamaCare/Tax with zero chance of repealing it, and the out of control debt continues. With Romney and Ryan, there is a finite probability of repeal of ObamaCare/Tax and some chance of slowing the entitlement and debt train. So, them’s your choices, some chance or no chance. Seems pretty obvious to me.

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I dont like romney. I dont want to stain my conscious when it’s not needed. It’s 2008 all over again here. Vote for the guy and when he loses hate him. It’ll be the same for romney

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Then sit home with a clear conscience, that you tacitly voted for Obama and like him for your choice that you helped him to win.

If he does, that is.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Good evening, Spark!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Are we going to spend the entire election season trying to get you off the ledge?

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Grab a history book, Junior and look up Clinton, William Jefferson

Clinton could actually win elections and had charisma though. And you’re implying I’d vote for him

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

There’s a song somewhere with the lyrics
“you have to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything”
that I think you should listen to. I’ll see if I can find it for your listening pleasure.

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

I believe the song you are referring to is Aaron Tippin “You’ve Got to Stand for Something”

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:25 AM

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Dave and I still hang out!..He is just not here right now!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Made me laugh! Cracked me up! Good evening, Cindy!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

I don’t think I have read anything this stupid in…ever? You had the ballot in your hand. You voted R down ticket, but since Romney couldn’t win… somebod…??…………….You have to be a troll. Nobody could be that stupid.

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM

oh believe it, this one can…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Flapjack: enjoy I found it

http://youtu.be/Z_s-Qk07KxA

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

In his youth Dire hung out with Dave in the green room. If you know what I mean by Green.

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Lol!

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

If I had to pick out of them, I would say Perry but he dropped the ball a bit

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

More than a bit…he lost the Primary.

But don’t let that sting as much as: Perry WAS in the running for Veep, and if Romney picked him would you have voted for the ticket *then*, or still try to project this “above it all” airs and vote Absentee because Romney was still on the ticket?

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Here is the real problem with picking Ryan…no journalist is smart enough to ask him a question…

right2bright on August 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM

So, you are waiting for perfection and did not find it in any of the nominees. Now that Romney is the nominee, he isn’t perfect; guess what? Nobody is or will be.

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

People who were willing to settle for Santorum or Gingrich can hardly be described as looking for perfection.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Then sit home with a clear conscience

ok

Are we going to spend the entire election season trying to get you off the ledge?

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Unlikely. I probably wont show up much between now and november. I havent posted mucg since I registered here in the spring since I’m trying to not look at the political news because mittens and obongo’s mugs are always on it.

And I have a question. Where is Allah on twitter? He hasnt posted anything in forever and I like his snark

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Nothing Else Matters

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM

I dont like romney. I dont want to stain my conscious when it’s not needed. It’s 2008 all over again here. Vote for the guy and when he loses hate him. It’ll be the same for romney

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:20 AM

you don’t want to stain your whaaa…it’s conscience, silly :)…conscious you should be, but you aren’t most of the time…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 1:28 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

Most R’s were gonna support Mitt regardless of the VP pick. But, you knew that…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

I don’t know that, it’s why I asked.

There are enough people like flipflopjacka out there. Just look at unseen, shakkurin, and steveanal.

C4P was a real cesspool a few months ago with most there calling Romney the white obama..etc.

I have paulbots overruning my 912 group with the same garbage.

I’m not taking anything for granted. We needed as many as possible to not only vote for Romney, but to support him. That means donations, lit drops, phone calls, letters to the editor..etc.

LevinFan on August 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Take haste. You have to characterize early. it’s pretty much done for romney. These are what elections are. Define your opponent. Ryan is a blank slate to 90% of the country and Obama has money.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Almost everything you wrote there is inaccurate and/or a misrepresentation. Especially the “Obama has money” part.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:29 AM

if Romney picked him would you have voted for the ticket

No. 99.9% of the country never votes because of a vice president.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Here is the real problem with picking Ryan…no journalist is smart enough to ask him a question…

right2bright on August 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM

That’s a good thing. The MSM is less likely to pull stupid stunts in interviews for fear that Ryan will play them like a fiddle.

BryanS on August 12, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Are we going to spend the entire election season trying to get you off the ledge?

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Or maybe this, just for fun.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:25 AM

LOL
damn lousy signal for my so called hotspot.
At least we’re on the same page.

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Almost everything you wrote there is inaccurate and/or a misrepresentation. Especially the “Obama has money” part.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:29 AM

See Romney in swing state polling. inb4 it’s biased. The guy never goes above 45%. And yes Obama still has money. he’s burned through a lot but he still has money. Romney doesnt have a lot of influence. He could barely win close primary states with money floods.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

UGGH you guys! no one has given me an answer yet….how will Ryan respond when Katie Couric asks him what periodicals he reads????

Stray Cat on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM


I don’t think even Katie Couric is dumb enough to try to match wits with Paul Ryan …

… though his response to that question WOULD get my vote “Zombie/LSM Kill of the Week”

BOOM!!! goes Katie’s head

PolAgnostic on August 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Evening. here is my latest rap lyrics.

The Libs are cryan
over the choice of Ryan
and soon they will be dyan
like an ancient myan
while we are flyan
without even tryan

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

7 pages on Ryan, that’s a good start…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM

I don’t do Twitter but I had heard that he had stopped using it. Look, I want you to comment, the more the merrier but like it or not (trust me, we’ve got you on that) these are how things are this time around. Feel free to link some songs, talk about other things and be secure in the knowledge that in November if, God forbid, Obama is reelected you can say “I told you so!” and we will all remember.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM

You apparently missed Mary Katharine Hamm’s post. There’s a link to a you tube page already dedicated to him. Women have been posting all day about … well… what they’d like to… that is… let’s just say they want to date him!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:33 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

You can’t actually be serious, right?
In case you are, even before the VP pick Paul Ryan had his very own “Hey Girl”* tumblr:

http://heygirlitspaulryan.tumblr.com/

*The “Hey Girl” thing originated with Ryan Gossling fans.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

I’m just incredibly butthurt cindy. I’m letting of steam because I cant fall asleep right now

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:34 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:33 AM

I was late to the party darlin’

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

That’s outstanding, Spark!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

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

On AMC, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Romney doesnt have a lot of influence. He could barely win close primary states with money floods.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Since you’re willing to sit home with a ‘clear conscience’ by not voting for Romney and are thus able to help handing Obama the win, why do you keeping pressing your point? Since you stated your case, shouldn’t you be finished now?

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

I don’t do Twitter but I had heard that he had stopped using it. Look, I want you to comment, the more the merrier but like it or not (trust me, we’ve got you on that) these are how things are this time around. Feel free to link some songs, talk about other things and be secure in the knowledge that in November if, God forbid, Obama is reelected you can say “I told you so!” and we will all remember.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

The purists tick me off, really. The primary was the time to make the purist case. We have our nominee. Now go vote! That’s my opinion of those who think Romney isn’t conservative enough.

BryanS on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Unlikely. I probably wont show up much between now and november. I havent posted mucg since I registered here in the spring since I’m trying to not look at the political news because mittens and obongo’s mugs are always on it.

And I have a question. Where is Allah on twitter? He hasnt posted anything in forever and I like his snark

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM

You need to stick around. You might feel better realizing we are all in the same boat just not ready to jump overboard yet. When the time comes we’ll let you know. Until then be happy.

arnold ziffel on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 1:25 AM

That’s cool cause HAL didn’t trust Dave at all. So Dave erased his memory.

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

I’m just incredibly butthurt cindy. I’m letting of steam because I cant fall asleep right now

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Lighten up Francis…

sandee on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Date?!?!?!

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Clinton could actually win elections and had charisma though.

START LESSON:

Clinton didn’t have charisma; what he had (up until 2008) was the experience of being a professional Politian (ie no moral compass)..Until this crowd came along; and they tripled down on THAT.

BTW, whatever charisma Clinton had, he sprayed over a intern in a Old Navy blue Dress…and the carpet of the Oval Office.

And you’re implying I’d vote for him

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

I’m not implying it, son. I’m flat out saying it. Regardless of who comes out as the nominee, if you are so whiny that they aren’t (in YOUR opinion) of Pure Blood that you’ll either not vote or vote some fill in you picked out of a hat, and that helps Obama win.

LESSON ENDS.

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:37 AM

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

No problem! :-)

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

My fans call me snoop doggy diddy SparkPlug (:

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

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

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

Lolz! Good point. I knew a few twits who voted for 0bama cuz’ he was so cute or something…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Will women like Paul?

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

I’m flat out saying it.

stopped reading there

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Bmore on August 12, 2012

Dave’s over here, man…he says you got his White Bic Lighter…lmao

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Well, that’s what SOME of them said… then others were a trifle more direct… okay… a LOT more direct….and explicit.

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:34 AM

This is how I get around that. I am a ridiculously hopelessly lover of Ronald Reagan and just stupidly proud to have gotten to vote for him twice. How many times do you think a Ronald Reagan comes along in anyone’s life time? Now if you didn’t get to vote for Pres. Reagan, than your person is in the future. That said, Gov. Romney is bluegill’s Ronald Reagan. Go figure! What I am saying is statistically speaking, you aren’t going to be offered the chance to vote for your hero, just the better of two choices.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:41 AM

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Short answer… they already do. More will follow.

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Lighten up Francis…

sandee on August 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Yeah, I need too. I’m probably not going to post much till the election and sleep through the conventions.

I’m going to bed. Have a nice night everyone.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:41 AM

See Romney in swing state polling. inb4 it’s biased. The guy never goes above 45%. And yes Obama still has money. he’s burned through a lot but he still has money. Romney doesnt have a lot of influence. He could barely win close primary states with money floods.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Double down on inaccuracies & misrepresentations, I see.

I’m done wasting my time on you. Butthurt from the primaries, my arse. I had it right the first time — concern troll trying to depress turnout by stirring the pot with things that have been over for FOUR MONTHS NOW.

I will pass right over your moronic, tortured logic posts.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:42 AM

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Even though I was really young I remember that being a force for JFK. I think most women who would make their vote based on looks would be smart enough not to say it out loud. Some member of N.A.G. might be in earshot and beat the tar out of her.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 1:43 AM

SparkPlug on August 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Made me laugh! I’m your fan, Spark, of course, but do I HAVE to call you Snoop Doggy Diddy Sparkplug?

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Short answer… they already do. More will follow.

I’m just like his twin..:-)

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Does this mean we aren’t jumping, cause I was really looking forward to it?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:43 AM

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