Romney rolls the dice

posted at 6:31 pm on August 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

Has there ever been a campaign that went, literally overnight, from being about nothing to leaping neck-deep into the most treacherous, dangerous issue in American politics? Until last night, I thought Romney was running for president because he wanted to be president, full stop. Everything about him suggested personal ambition over vision — the endless flip-flops, the extreme caution on the trail, the negative-ad carpet-bombing of Gingrich and Santorum in the primaries. Then I wake up this morning and find he’s made the boldest move on entitlement reform in modern U.S. history, all but gambling his candidacy on the public’s ability to not only see through Democratic Mediscare smears but to embrace a reform agenda. I don’t know how to process it. I respect Romney tremendously for it, but it just doesn’t compute. It’s like watching C-3PO lead the raid on the Death Star.

I’ve seen a dozen posts online this morning marveling at how he’s now abandoned his “referendum” approach to the election — i.e. “vote for me because Obama’s terrible” — in favor of a “choice” approach, but that doesn’t remotely capture the boldness of this shift. It’s not just that he’s given Obama his wish by making the election a clear choice, it’s that he’s made it a choice about the most momentous, fraught domestic policy dilemma the country’s faced in ages. Amazing. Awesome. Baffling. As someone on Twitter said this morning, imagine John Kerry in August 2004 suddenly deciding he’d had enough of attacking Bush on Iraq and that it was time to make the election a battle over whether the U.S. should have single-payer health care. This is sort of like that.

I would have voted for Ryan for president if he had run so, as you might expect, I like the pick. To me, it’s a “clear conscience” selection: We’re going to own our agenda, let our very best salesman make the pitch on the biggest possible stage, and have the country decide. If they want to send The One back for a second term knowing that the consequences are a near-term fiscal meltdown, hey, that’s democracy. At least, for once, they’ll have made a fully informed choice on this issue; if the electorate prefers the $15 Trillion-Dollar Man’s “vision” on how to solve this existential problem to Paul Ryan’s, I prefer to have a clear statement at the polls to that effect. William Saletan is almost giddy over Ryan’s selection, not because he thinks it’s a sure winner for Democrats but because we’re finally guaranteed a meaningful argument on a matter of deepest consequence by a guy who can make it better than anyone else:

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.

Maybe, like me, you were raised in a liberal household. You don’t agree with conservative ideas on social or foreign policy. But this is why God made Republicans: to force a reality check when Democrats overpromise and overspend…

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.

Right on. Lefty bloggers have been pushing a theory lately that Romney’s choosing Ryan as a fall guy or patsy because he suspects he’s going to lose and wants to be able to blame someone else when he does. (“It was that darned Ryan budget!”) That’s unlikely — see my point above about how important personal ambition is to Romney — but it is true, I think, that Romney sees losing as a more real possibility than he did before. He wouldn’t take the risk of campaigning from the third rail if he thought he was cruising to victory by playing it safe. But that’s okay; a bet that would pay off this big is worth longer odds. The enormous risk here is that, if Romney crashes and burns, not only will we get another four years of O but Republicans and centrist Democrats who were heretofore open to entitlement reform will run screaming from it afterward. The enormous reward, obviously, is that if Romney wins, we not only get a Republican president but one with support from voters to take this issue up in earnest (finally). I think it’s worth the gamble.

But I’m under no illusions. This makes winning harder, not easier. Some tough truths: The Democrats are going to flood Ohio and Florida with ads aiming to scare the pants off of seniors and blue-collar workers about the “safety net” disappearing under Romney/Ryan. Obama will now frame the election not merely as a choice between Ryan’s budget and his own plan (whatever that is) but as a choice between the president and, as represented by Ryan, the most unpopular Congress in modern history. If the attacks work and Romney fades down the stretch, that could have huge downballot effects in House races too, jeopardizing the GOP majority. I think the best-case scenario is that Ryan’s salesmanship brings enough people around on entitlement reform to fight the Democrats to a standstill on that issue, and then Romney wins the election narrowly due to voter dissatisfaction on the economy. In other words, it’s both a “referendum election” and a “choice election”: If Ryan can make the choice on the budget a stalemate, the ticket can still win a referendum on Obama’s job performance. But that assumes, per Ryan’s speech this morning, that some critical mass of voters will respond to a campaign that tells them the truth and that ideas beat demagoguery, as the man himself once insisted. Is that true? Has it ever been true before when it comes to entitlements? If Krauthammer’s right that the infamous Obama Super PAC steelworker ad is working because voters don’t pay enough attention to be able to cut through the B.S. in emotionally charged ads, imagine how difficult it’ll be to rebut B.S. on a subject as complex and emotionally toxic as entitlements. Sean Trende, RCP’s elections guru (who’s no liberal, needless to say), argues that not only does this pick make things harder for Romney, it actually opens up the possibility of an Obama landslide. Huge gamble.

Just one teensy tiny footnote to all this: Is Romney going to campaign on the Ryan budget? It would be beyond bizarre to add a lightning rod to the ticket and then take cover from the lightning. And yet:

“Gov. Romney applauds Paul Ryan for going in the right direction with his budget,” according to the [Romney campaign] talking points, “and as president he will be putting together his own plan for cutting the deficit and putting the budget on a path to balance.”…

“Of course they aren’t going to have the same view on every issue. But they both share the view that this election is a choice about two fundamentally different paths for this country. President Obama has taken America down a path of debt and decline. Romney and Ryan believe in a path for America that leads to more jobs, less debt and smaller government. So, while you might find an issue or two where they might not agree, they are in complete agreement on the direction that they want to lead America.”

Eli Lake put it this way: “The worst that can happen to Paul Ryan is that the ticket wins. Then Ryan — who has won a loyal following as the principled budget cutter — will have to line up behind Romney budgets. This is kind of like putting Eddie Van Halen in REO Speedwagon. Yes it makes REO Speedwagon rock a lot harder, but it totally ruins Van Halen.” Is that what we’re getting here, Speedwagon with Eddie on guitar? Or are we getting Van Halen with a new lead singer, namely, Mitt Romney? (So sorry for that image, really.) Romney’s going to get torn to shreds for Ryan’s budget no matter what, so I’m not sure what the point is in proposing his own budget if it’s significantly different from Ryan’s. You own it now, Mitt. If you didn’t want to, why’d you choose Ryan?

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From the moment he released his plan last summer, Mitt told us quite clearly that his campaign is about fiscally conservative solutions to our economic mess. Sure, his plan had 59 points and required a willingness to read it, along with a degree of literacy to understand. However, it was there for all to see. It’s what won me over to his cause. His shortcomings to date have been that he hasn’t been as successful in dumbing it down for the masses and certain H/A commenters as he should.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 5:08 AM

No, his shortcoming has been that everyone knows he’s lying. The tea party has been popular, so he pretends to be a tea partier. He will tell any audience what he thinks they want to hear, and he does this transparently.

Guess what? Obama also claims to have a plan consisting of fiscally conservative solutions to our economic mess. I guess by your logic he’s the right man for the job. No?

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Granted, I was going to vote for Romney, but now I am voting for Ryan too. Two good looking guys with great hair on the ballot is more than I had ever hoped for.

TeaTrekkie on August 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Sarah Palin endorsement:

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Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. President Obama has declared that this election is about “two fundamentally different visions” for America. Goodness, he’s got that right. Our country cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama’s fundamentally flawed vision. We must now look to this new team, the Romney/Ryan ticket, to provide an alternate vision of an America that is fiscally responsible, strong, and prosperous – an America that understands and is proud of her exceptional place in the world and will respect those who fight to secure that exceptionalism, which includes keeping our promises to our veterans.

When I think about the direction our country is rapidly drifting in, I can’t help but look at California as a cautionary tale. The Golden State once boasted the entrepreneurial innovation of Silicon Valley, the American creative engine of the arts, economically powerful and beautiful cities from San Francisco to San Diego, and fertile farmlands that helped feed the nation. Now it is descending into financial ruin accompanied by an exodus of middle class Californians leaving for other states. As one writer put it, California’s “fastest-growing entity is government and its biggest product is red tape.”

Obama’s vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather.

Obama’s America is today’s California – complete with $100 billion taxpayer funded bullet trains to nowhere; out of control environmental extremists who have destroyed family farms and left some of the most fertile farm land in America fallow in order to protect a three inch fish; permanent high unemployment; government policies hostile to small business job creators; crippling high taxes; an abysmal real estate market; bloated government that wastes taxpayer money; endless budget shortfalls due to massive unfunded liabilities; city after city declaring bankruptcy; and a state government run by, in the words of one Wall Street Journal writer, “a brothel of environmentalists, lawyers, public-sector unions and legislative bums.”

We can’t afford Obama’s vision. Our children can’t afford it. Today we are over $15 trillion in debt and running up trillion dollar budget deficits year after year for as far as the eye can see. And our “leaders” have no plan to stop it! President Obama and this Congress don’t even have the fundamental blueprint—a budget!—to outline where they intend to take us as they merrily roll along with their out of control spending and constant increases of our debt “limit.” Our debt to China alone is more than we can ever hope to pay off in multiple generations. Such debt and dependence on foreign nations weakens us in countless ways. And yet our government keeps on spending despite the risks and despite conscientious, hardworking citizens telling them to just stop it. Our debt is growing by $3 million per minute. This debt, in conjunction with Obama’s massive government over-reaches like Obamacare, has strangled the private sector, which in turn has stifled job growth and slowed all economic growth. The only way to get our country moving again is to get back to basics like normal people do with our home and small business budgets! That means we must live within our means, get government out of the way of our job creators, develop the God-given natural resources we have been blessed with to provide real jobs and real energy security, and stop growing government and wasting taxpayer money on D.C. cronyism and useless stimulus kick-backs for favored donors.

Barack Obama’s record is one of dismal failure, which is why he isn’t talking about it. He would rather spend his time demonizing his opponents. The simple fact remains that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the dire state of our economy or the corruption and incompetence of the current administration.

Over the next 86 days, Barack Obama will try to distract us from his record. Many in the media will roll along with him in this mission. We must not let them continue the deception and distractions, and we must not be afraid to call the President out on his lies. His entire record in office exposes the false promises he made four years ago. So, let’s take a moment to remember what candidate Obama said just four short years ago.

Candidate Obama promised us fiscal prudence. But President Obama’s reckless spending and lack of fiscal leadership has led to the downgrading of our nation’s credit rating for the first time in history.

Candidate Obama decried reckless spending and promised to cut the deficit. But President Obama and those in Congress who control the purse strings and “go along to get along” have tripled it. President Obama’s proposed budget was so absurdly and wildly irresponsible that not one member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, voted in favor of it. And yet the Democrat controlled Senate still refuses to pass a budget itself, and this refusal has been going on for years now. That is irresponsible and, much more, it’s unconstitutional.

Candidate Obama promised us a “smarter government,” but President Obama has created a government that’s not too big to fail, but too big to succeed.

Candidate Obama promised us a plan for American energy independence. But President Obama has forced American taxpayers to subsidize bankrupt green energy companies with ties to his campaign donors. And when it comes to the energy we actually use to fuel our economy, President Obama’s administration blocks drilling and drags its feet on the permitting process. Meanwhile, he supports foreign energy developments, but not American made energy development. His administration opposes everything from drilling in ANWR to building the Keystone Pipeline to coal plants, but he’s all for subsidizing offshore drilling in Brazil and sitting back on his thumb while China moves in to pursue oil deals with Canada because his administration blocked responsible energy infrastructure development.

Candidate Obama promised us “the most transparent administration in history.” But in addition to refusing FOIA-requested documents, President Obama’s administration regularly holds meetings outside the White House and off the official White House visitor list with lobbyists and corporate interests they don’t want us to know about.

Candidate Obama promised to unite all America, but President Obama has cynically divided us again and again in his efforts to win reelection by playing identity politics and class warfare and pitting one group against another.

Candidate Obama promised us a “fundamentally transformed” America, and that is the only promise he’s delivered on. We can see now what his idea of “hope” is. Now we want change. He has failed to lead, so We the People must lead. And our leadership starts at the ballot box on November 6th.

Please continue to focus on the presidential race and on helping Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but it’s also imperative that we get involved in the nation’s important House and Senate races. These candidates need our help to ensure that our next president has a responsible and ethical Congress that actually gets things done for America. Now on to November!

– Sarah Palin

ChuckTX on August 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

No, his shortcoming has been that everyone knows he’s lying. The tea party has been popular, so he pretends to be a tea partier. He will tell any audience what he thinks they want to hear, and he does this transparently.

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

What a crock. He is the most honest man you will ever have the chance of voting for. Mitt went to the NAACP and told them the way it is. He didn’t pander there. And as for the Tea Party, all I hear around here from the purist police most days is that they’re PO’ed because he doesn’t pander to them. He didn’t pander to the evangelicals and he won’t pretend to be some dumb schmucks just because they want to vote for some dumb schmuck.

What Mitt has done, is provide a plan right at the start of his campaign. He has promoted it and he has not wavered one bit to suit anybody else’s agenda.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Just another whining loser. Go whack off to your SP poster . You guys are a joke.

CW on August 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

ChuckTX on August 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Real classy of the snowbound simpleton to not even mention the great program that Mitt and Ryan have to offer. Throwing stones at Obama is fine, but it’s no endorsement of the team that will save this country.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Well it would more accurate to say, that many of his statements in the debates, and from his surrogates (Fehrnstrom and Saul) suggest
that discarding the mechanisms underlying Obamacare, are not his first priority.

narciso on August 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

narciso on August 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Jumpin’ jackanapes! He selected Paul Ryan as his VEEP! What better way to make it perfectly, crystal, obso-feaking-lutely clear to even the dimmest of bulbs in the darkest of caves that he intends to scuttle O’Care and bring in a premium support model for health care?

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Then I wake up this morning and find he’s made the boldest move on entitlement reform in modern U.S. history

So believe that when McRage picked Palin – also a bold and daring move – that something “transformative” was going on with McRage?

Palin on the ticket didn’t change who McRage was.

Ryan on the ticket doesn’t change who Willard is. Willard is a known quantity – with a known track record. We don’t just have his words to judge him by (those are confusing and temporally disjointed). We have his actions …


HondaV65 on August 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Ryan on the ticket doesn’t change who Willard is.

HondaV65 on August 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

That’s the only part that you got right. Romney picked Ryan because Ryan is such a perfect compliment to him. Romney and Ryan have been singing from the same hymnal for a long time and that is why he is going to be such a terrific partner in the Romney administration.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

HondaV65 on August 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What’s more, there is indeed some insight to be gleaned from Romney’s pick in contrast to McCain’s. McCain chose a pandering woman to pander to the far right and he hoped women. It was an act of desperation. His selection was an act of weakness. OTOH, Romney chose a running mate specifically to focus this race on Mitt’s existing agenda and strengths. Selecting Ryan was a play to his strength and a clear statement of his sincerity in following the path he set for himself and this nation.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

A far rightist, that worked with Democrats on the AGIA pipeline project, the ACES franchise fee renegotiation, that has allowed
Alaska to weather the storm of this ‘depression’ in all but name,
go back to RightSpeak, get some new talking points.

narciso on August 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Guess what? Obama also claims to have a plan consisting of fiscally conservative solutions to our economic mess. I guess by your logic he’s the right man for the job. No?

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

joey, you left the “s” off at the end of your last name.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Allahpundit, have you ever used reality and facts when writing or you just go and search the internet for the stupid and unrealistic doom and gloom scenarios about Romney?
Regarding this character Sean Trende that you laughably call him an elections guru. Since you seem to personally know him then tell him that one guy on hotair thinks that he “Sean Trende” knows nothing about elections. Only an idiot would focus on analyzing with seriousness and knee jerk reaction the very inaccurate media organizations poll, where each of the organization poll once a month, polls only 1,000 people, rather than only focusing on the vastly more accurate Daily Tracking Poll of Rasmussen and to a lesser degree Gallup because each of them poll 30,000 people a month…Only an idiot would get his pants wet worrying about a sample of only 1,000 people in a poll with oversampled democrats versus a poll sample of 30,000 people with much better party ID breakdown.

mnjg on August 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

What Mitt has done, is provide a plan right at the start of his campaign. He has promoted it and he has not wavered one bit to suit anybody else’s agenda.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Maybe, but his past is full of wavering to suit his own agenda.

Spliff Menendez on August 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

What a crock. He is the most honest man you will ever have the chance of voting for.

Best not to start your comments with obvious and shameless lying to cover for your candidate. We all know Mitt’s track record on “honesty” and it isn’t stellar. If you want to convince me to vote for Romney, best frame your argument in terms of “even though he’s a lying sack of crap, nevertheless…”

What Mitt has done, is provide a plan right at the start of his campaign. He has promoted it and he has not wavered one bit to suit anybody else’s agenda.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

He hasn’t “wavered” within the cycle of one election, and that’s enough for you? How about looking at the man’s whole career? A few years ago he introduced socialized medicine and gay marriage to the United States. I never said he was a stupid liar; he’s certainly not stupid enough to go to the NAACP and get caught changing his positions for that audience. He’s smart enough to have picked a message close enough to conservatism so that fools like you will add your own wishful thinking to it and come out concluding that he’s going to be a conservative.

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

He introduced gay marriage to the US? Fascinating. And he introduced socialized medicine? So without him MA would not have passed a much worse single payer system? Actually Mitt’s record on honesty is, to quote Bill Clinton, “sterling!” Now I know, you think that you’re doing us a great mitzvah by lying about Mitt’s record and warning us about how we’re all being led down the primrose path except for you, who are so much wiser than all of us put together. Consider us warned and go away.

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Spliff Menendez on August 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

His path is full of getting the best deal that was possible for his constituents. It is one of knowing that a true blue legislature is not going to treat an ideologue as a speed bump at best. It is practicing the art of the possible and not martyring himself on the bonfire of some textbook titled, “Conservatism for Dummies.”

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I find this meme that the Ryan pick can somehow be electorally “risky” to be a bit silly. The election isn’t going to turn on the VP selection. Romney picked a serious, qualified running mate, and a fine exponent of conservative ideas. However, it is up to Romney to win or lose this race. I like the Ryan pick, because it demonstrates that Romney is ready to fight.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I honestly don’t understand why people have thought Romney’s campaign has been about nothing up to now. He’s been getting better and better on the campaign trail, been counter punching (I’m fondly remembering his press conference in front of Solyndra), been saying important things about foreign policy (I remember one evening I was listening to Mark Levin for a little while and Mark was over the moon playing clip after clip from a speech Romney had given somewhere in the U.S. addressing foreign policy — and Mark Levin did NOT want Romney as the candidate originally, believe me.

Then Romney had the guts to go to Israel and give the speech he did there. And call out Obama for the shameful things he and his teammates have been saying and doing.

And at a recent town hall, an attendee — a passionate Tea Party woman — got up and asked him to PROMISE

lorettawm on August 12, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Anyway the town hall attendees practically begged him to pick a conservative VP running mate — she must be a happy woman today.

I actually believe that Romney will win in a landslide. I really do. And I believe it even more today because of Ryan. But Romney was already indicating where he was headed, if you were really watching his speeches and ads.

I don’t think this is all about his ego and desire to be president. I really now believe he cares deeply about the future of this country and sees Obama more clearly as the threat that O has always been.

I think he will continue to surprise us all in a way we will really really like. I pray to God I’m write.

lorettawm on August 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I love all the speculation about Romney’s motives. Entirely ridiculous.

The FACT is we CANNOT solve our fiscal problems without entitlement reform, and that means MAJOR changes in Medicare and Medicaid, and sooner rather than later. No one is more aware of this than Romney, who knows only too well what a disastrous balance sheet looks like.

The man is a problem solver, a turnaround artist, one of the most successful ever. Ryan is the top Republican expert on budget matters, and can explain with clarity even those things which are deep in the weeds of wonkdom.

They are saying to America: “If you are serious about reform and saving the country, here we are. If you think we can keep on with business as usual, stick with Obama and economic collapse. This is your last chance.”

So cowboy up, Princess.

Adjoran on August 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Paul Ryan only adds to the ticket. The media and Democrats were going to trash the VP nominee no matter what, but now they’ll have a young, handsome, articulate, and smart candidate of substance to try to destroy. Adding Ryan to the ticket shows the Romney is serious and looking to have a consequential presidency.

All the news pundits seem to think Romney is now a weak(er) position this fall, but I counter that by pointing to Romney’s brutal campaigning in the primaries against Gingrich and Santorum. Romney’s campaign has hundreds of millions of dollars on hand, and I’m sure he will hit Obama much harder than he did his opponents in the primaries.

Obama wants to argue about Mitt’s tax returns and such, but now the playing field has been redrawn to where Obama is as vulnerable as Ryna, if not more. When Obama criticizes Ryan’s budget proposals, Ryan can point out that Obama hasn’t signed a budget during his presidency. When Obama tries to hit Ryan on Medicare and other entitlements, Ryan can counter that Obama has no plan at all to save us from becoming Greece.

This election is also STILL a referendum on Obama, as I’m sure Romney’s fall ads will more than ably point out.

Get your popcorn ready. This is gonna be fun, folks.

The Bringer on August 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Important note about the “Hispanic” vote in this election:
The Democrats don’t really understand this community, especially its values. I predict that a LOT of them will vote for Romney in this election.
How do I know?

I speak fairly fluent Spanish, tutor immigrants from all over Latin America in English and am fairly well plugged in to a large “Hispanic” community here in NJ.
I have news for you — the majority of my students play to vote for Romney. Why?
Well one thing is ….duh… the economy. It sucks for them as well as the rest of us, and they really understand the O is not helping it — he’s hurting it.

Second — social values / religious issues.
To illustrate, I’ll quote one of my students — a Catholic married man in his 30s who drives a UPS truck:
“Obama is trying to destroy the Catholic Church.” You don’t need me to explain why he thinks this, right?

Third, something you probably don’t know if you don’t speak Spanish and listen to Spanish language popular music: God is mentioned a lot in popular music — I’m talking top 40 hits —

Reverence for God is taken for granted. There’s even a famous top 40 hit whose title translates as “Blessed is the Light.”
Here is a YouTube link to one popular version of it by a very, very, very popular group named Mana
The singer is referring to, of course, the holy light of God. In this song he thanks God for helping him meet the woman he loves and various related blessings.

The mind boggles at the thought of non-hispanic popular songs mentioning and thanking God like this (except on “Christian” stations. The Democrats really, really don’t understand the implications of what I’m telling you. Even when my students don’t attend church regularly — and many of them don’t — they have an unquestioning belief in and reverence for God.

Also, in the community I’ve come to know and love, when an unmarried teenager gets pregnant, abortion is NEVER an issue. What I see again and again is that both families pull together to support the mother and child, even if there is no marriage. You end up with 2 happy grandmothers (often under 40 years old), a mother who has plenty of baby sitting help so she can finish school or work — and a baby who knows a large loving family from the beginning.

Now of course I’m not saying that abortions and bad family situations never occur — but the orientation of this overall community — and I know people from virtually every country in South and Central America — is conservative, family and God oriented. Oh — and hard working. Very, very hard working.

The UPS driver I mentioned above has a good friend who is currently here illegally (my student is a citizen although I DO know illegals as well). Anyway, my student’s friend basically begged him to vote for Obama because Obama is supposedly promising to making it easy to become legal.

My student’s response to his friend? Here’s the direct quote: “I love you but I can’t give up all my values for you. I can’t vote for Obama.”

In this election Romney has a real shot at garnering many more “Hispanic” votes then people seem to think. In fact, in the coming years I believe that the Republicans have a shot at becoming the party for Hispanics.

lorettawm on August 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Ryan has taken Obama to task multiple times, what other VP candidates have done so in such an effective and intelligent manner? I’m happy with his pick and I look forward to seeing Ryan in the big chair eight years from now.

Ukiah on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Ryan is the top Republican expert on budget matters, and can explain with clarity even those things which are deep in the weeds of wonkdom.

Adjoran on August 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I can’t wait to hear him explain how running half-trillion dollar deficits forever is going to get our fiscal house in order.

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I can’t wait to hear him explain how running half-trillion dollar deficits forever is going to get our fiscal house in order.

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I can’t wait to hear Obama explain how running tr5illion dollar deficits is going to get our fiscal house in order.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

What this says to me is that Mitt Romney is dead serious about fixing this country. He’s dead serious about taking his turnaround skills to the federal government and turning a bloated, money-sucking, indebted hellhole into a functioning business.

When I heard the news, all I thought was “YOU MEANT IT!” When Mitt Romney said that he would cut the size and scope of the federal government, he meant it! When he said that he would take his turnaround-business attitude to the White House, he was deadly serious.

I never thought I would say this, but Mitt, my man!

Four years ago, Obama campaigned on balanced budgets, cutting the deficit, and not adding much more to the national debt. He had pretty words that foolish independents believed. Obama cannot campaign on that again, but Romney/Ryan can hang him with it. Every ad can be how the Obama Administration doesn’t have a budget, how the Senate hasn’t had a budget in 1,201 days (and counting), and how Obama has skyrocketed the national debt without the excuse of two wars.

Roxeanne de Luca on August 12, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Of course the MSM immediately took Romney’s point that he’ll be doing ‘his own budgets’ to mean he’ll run away from Paul Ryan’s.

Of course they would spin it like that.

Romney is running for PRESIDENT. He’s got to submit his OWN budget. He can’t say to Congress “Oh hey, I abdicated this responsibility to my VP – here’s the budget he came up with. I’m just a spectator here. Hope you pass it.”

You know what the MSM would have said if Romney had hinted he’d go with the Ryan budget & just stick his name on it?

Do you?

“Weak Presidential candidate abdicates responsibility to come up with his own budget by adopting his VP’s Budget. Isn’t the President supposed to come up with his OWN budget? What other part of his super-important job will Romney abdicate next?”

You know it. I know it. That’s EXACTLY how they would have spun it.

Romney is obviously going to incorporate a lot of what Ryan’s budget contains, but he’s not going to abdicate his responsibility on this to anyone. When the budget gets submitted to Congress, it’s got the President’s name on it, not the VP’s.


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manofaiki on August 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I can’t wait to hear him explain how running half-trillion dollar deficits forever is going to get our fiscal house in order.

joe_doufu on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I can’t wait to hear Obama explain how running tr5illion dollar deficits is going to get our fiscal house in order.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Now you’re starting to get it.

joe_doufu on August 13, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Why the Democrats’ ‘Mediscare’ Attack Won’t Work Against Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney

redguy on August 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Ryan is so not a “fiscal conservative.” We are being lied to again by the GOP.

His early “Roadmap for America’s Future” didn’t balance the budget until the 2060s and added $60 trillion to the national debt.

Ryan’s revised plan does not balance it until the 2030s but ads $14 trillion in debt. It adds $6 trillion in debt over the next decade alone”

How about we actually pay for the government we have NOW. That’s a fiscal conservative.

Ryan is part of the problem not the solution. Think we have seen this dance before no?

cancons on August 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM