Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:01 am on August 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Five solid hours of Ryan-palooza this morning in case you’re still jonesing after yesterday’s announcement. As I write this, the man himself isn’t yet scheduled to appear, but expect a brief satellite interview or two to have been hastily arranged overnight. Public interest is too high right now not to take advantage. One amazing footnote here: Tim Pawlenty, who just got passed over for VP after making the shortlist for the second election in a row, is scheduled to do not one but two segments in defense of the Romney/Ryan ticket. That’s a loyal soldier. Go ahead and pencil him in now for a cabinet position if Romney wins.

The Ryan announcement means there’ll be much less time this morning to dissect the Obama Super PAC smear ad heard ’round the world, but look out for a few minutes on that in each show’s panel section. It’ll make for a nice contrast with Romney’s exceedingly substantive VP pick. The line-up via WaPo:

NBC’s Meet the Press: Former Governor Tim Pawlenty; Rachel Maddow, MSNBC; Chuck Todd, NBC; former Gov. Frank Keating (R-OK); Dan Balz, Washington Post

CBS’ Face the Nation: Eric Fehrnstrom, senior advisor to the Romney Campaign; Stephanie Cutter, Obama deputy campaign manager; Newt Gingrich; Ruth Marcus, Washington Post; Bob Shrum, The Week; David Frum, Daily Beast; Michael Gerson, Washington Post; Roger Simon, Politico

ABC’s This Week: Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty; David Axelrod, senior adviser to the Obama campaign; Cokie Roberts, ABC; former Vermont Governor Howard Dean; Paul Gigot, Wall Street Journal; California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom; Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Chip Saltsman, former Huckabee campaign manager; Erin McPike, RealClearPolitics; Liz Cheney, Keep America Safe; David Drucker, Roll Call

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Sen. John Thune (R-SD); David Axelrod, senior adviser to the Obama campaign; Ed Gillespie, senior adviser to the Romney campaign


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She’s trying to walk it back on Twitter now. Getting nailed by Reince, the Romney Team and dozens of others. It’s hilarious.

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

That didn’t take long: #DebbieDoesntKnow

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Following the President’s remarks at his home, he will visit a private residence in Hyde Park for a fundraising event. Tickets for that event start at $5,000 per person.

In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at a private residence in Chicago. Tickets for that event cost $1,000 per person.

Cody1991 on August 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The homes of Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright ?

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Why should I be the one to leave and not you? I’m the one favoring limited government, unlike you. You’re the one supporting big government and big government spending, and you’re the one who keeps voting for the people who puruse unconstitutional actions and infringing on liberties.

I think you should be the one to leave.

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I disagree. Neither government nor taxation is necessary. Your willingness to turn over your property at the point of the gun neither supports nor refutes the point.

But to just take one of your examples, roads. Do you think roads wouldn’t exist without government?

Dante on August 10, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Care to explain the contradiction or are you a liar?

nobar on August 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

FlorDuh, thanks, laughing out loud.

Favorite on #DebbieDoesntKnow.

Sam Valley‏@SamValley

#DebbieDoesntKnow Joe Biden is not permitted to cut his own meat.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The homes of Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright ?

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Any number of possibilities. IIRC, Calypso Louie lives in the neighborhood or nearby.

Makes my skin crawl.

Cody1991 on August 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Weird that CNN is airing Paul Ryan speaking live, and Fox is talking over him.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

As of 8/9/12 the national debt is sitting at 15.915 trillion, about 21 more days to hit $16 trillion at current $4 billion per day. So much for efforts at deficit reduction.

Dasher on August 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Freakin Ryan is actually … exciting to listen to. He’s ripping it up in NC.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Ahhh, better. Fox must’ve heard me fussing at them.

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Weird that CNN is airing Paul Ryan speaking live, and Fox is talking over him.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Thst’s OK. The FoxNews audience probably know Ryan well enough. It is the CNN audience, however small the number is, that need to learn more about Ryan.

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Weird that CNN is airing Paul Ryan speaking live, and Fox is talking over him.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Fox playing it live now. He’s good. Talking about Mitt now.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

It is truly painful to listen to DWS lie through a 15 minute segment.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Clearly with Ryan, it’s personal for barack — has never gotten over the obamacare summit dressing down in front of the nation. Good. Ryan is living inside barack’s head.

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Since when hasn’t it been personal for Lightworker? He seethes with resentment of anybody who is praised more than he.

mintycrys on August 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Freakin Ryan is actually … exciting to listen to. He’s ripping it up in NC.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

calm down. your sounding like a justin bieber fan.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Freakin Ryan is actually … exciting to listen to. He’s ripping it up in NC.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Spent some time last night listening some of his old speeches.

Hey! He could do a video for Dems entitled: Math is Fun!
Heh, this is so wonderful. I know he’ll do well in SC.

Cody1991 on August 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I’m actually working in Upstate NY right now, but Mrs Hawk says there are already Romney/Ryan signs out since yesterday near Ft. Bragg. Not sure if she means home made or someone must have known and been prepared. But I think NC goes red in a big way this year.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I think the signs are from the campaign. That’s great that signs are already out with their kick off today!

ladyingray on August 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Romney/Ryan rockin’ da house in Mooresville, NC.

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

hey it looks like ryan is working out his abs while watching mitt. is that a p90x thingy? or he just bored?

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

It is truly painful to listen to DWS lie through a 15 minute segment.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Sorry, ladies. But DWS is the one American woman who deserves to be called the c-word.

BuckeyeSam on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Romney/Ryan rockin’ da house in Mooresville, NC.

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Coolness !!
Had no doubts.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

calm down. your sounding like a justin bieber fan.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Where should we send the EMTs to do the Arborial Appendage Extraction from your Rectum?

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

calm down. your sounding like a justin bieber fan.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

You’re such a putz.

As a small business owner, having a Republican ticket coming out swinging for capitalism, especially after this past 3 years, is sweet, sweet music.

Go sit in the corner with your wet blanket and ponder your irrelevance.

beatcanvas on August 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

listening to mitt is like watching paint dry. maybe his speech reads better.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

CBS’ Face the Nation: Eric Fehrnstrom.
You got to be kidding me.

anotherJoe on August 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Sarah Palin endorsement:

http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10151109537628588

Sarah Palin · 3,463,480 like this
11 hours ago ·

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 10:41 AM

listening to mitt is like watching paint dry. maybe his speech reads better.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

You lie. He is damn sure ripping it up right now in Mooresville, and shockingly, WITHOUT A FREAKIN’ TELEPROMPTER!!! OMG, imagine that.

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I’ve already received an email from Mrs. Romney to order bumper stickers.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

i’m sick of this whole cult of personality. isn’t obama enough. must you now make a saint of ryan?

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Exactly. If you can’t get even a little excited with an opener like this, you’re either an Obama supporter or just plain hopeless. Mitt sounds great too. He’s speaking to the American Dream right now and kicking it.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Watch for Obarmy’s muzzie buddies in the ME provide a distraction for their pal the prez as his numbers begin to tank spectacularly.

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

i’m sick of this whole cult of personality. isn’t obama enough. must you now make a saint of ryan?

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I made a St. out of Ryan by saying his speech was exciting to listen to? I’m glad I didn’t say they both have great hair too.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

someone let me know when he attacks obama.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Eric Fehrnstrom just said that Romney or Ryan have the same Foreign Policy experience that B.O. had when he was sworn in. What?

Not sure if he said Romney or Ryan as it caught me off guard.

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

5455 and counting.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I’ve already received an email from Mrs. Romney to order bumper stickers.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

lol, that’s great Cindy, but like I said earlier. I need to not be so provocative in NYS.

Mitt just said he’s going to repeal Obamacare. Yes!

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

CBS’ Face the Nation: Eric Fehrnstrom.
You got to be kidding me.

anotherJoe on August 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM

He is dreadful.

Stephanie Cutter is one of the dumbest people I have ever heard. She was asked for specifics and she says that Obama would have the rich pay their fair share, and he responds with a boring diatribe. If you cannot out-debate a stuttering and lying person like Stephanie Cutter, you have no business working for a Presidential campaign.

Until Romney fires Fenrnstom, I will not come close to donating the maximum amount to Romney.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Great opener boys. They did great.

renalin, are you really a Republican?

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Eric Fehrnstrom just said that Romney or Ryan have the same Foreign Policy experience that B.O. had when he was sworn in. What?

Not sure if he said Romney or Ryan as it caught me off guard.

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

He just said Ryan.

And then Cutter lied about the foreign policy trip and said Romney offended our allies, and embarrassed America. Again, a clear lie, but one that Fehrnstrom was incapable of pointing out.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I’m glad I didn’t say they both have great hair too.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Aw. Go for it.

(Exploding heads are fun.)

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I don’t do bumper stickers but Mr. Munford is still proudly sporting his McCain/Palin.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The difference between listening to Romney or Ryan speak with truth and passion, vs. Obam’s carefully crafted class warfare speeches, is pretty overwhelming. Buh-by Barry.

BettyRuth on August 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

i’m sick of this whole cult of personality. isn’t obama enough. must you now make a saint of ryan?

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Clueless … It’s the message, and WHOEVER delivers it, will create enthusiasm.
That they’re personable is a plus.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The difference between listening to Romney or Ryan speak with truth and passion, vs. Obam’s carefully crafted class warfare speeches, is pretty overwhelming. Buh-by Barry.

BettyRuth on August 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Yes. The contrast couldn’t be starker.

It is a beautiful thing to see. There may be hope yet.

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I don’t do bumper stickers but Mr. Munford is still proudly sporting his McCain/Palin.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Defiance!!!

But did you order him some new ones?

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Jindal will be great as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Which position fits Pawlenty best? Commerce, Interior, Agriculture, Education, HUD?.

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Every single one of those departments should be eliminated.

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Yeah, that’s what I am talking about!!!

Don’t forget the TSA, The (non) Energy Dept., and about 10,000 other government programs.

redguy on August 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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i’m sick of this whole cult of personality. isn’t obama enough. must you now make a saint of ryan?

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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I made a St. out of Ryan by saying his speech was exciting to listen to? I’m glad I didn’t say they both have great hair too.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

.
You probably shouldn’t have used the word “freakin’”.

It didn’t bother me any, but some people are freakin’ hyper-sensitive to it.

So make a freakin’ note of it, and don’t freakin’ do it again.

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I’m glad I didn’t say they both have great hair too.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Aw. Go for it.

(Exploding heads are fun.)

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Well, I’ll go where you fellas may not want to go -

They both have great hair, and they’re damned good looking! And smart….. that’s the icing on the cake.

From a woman’s point of view there’s a lot to like. :)

Cody1991 on August 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Until Romney fires Fenrnstom, I will not come close to donating the maximum amount to Romney.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

IMHO, he needs to fire several of his top campaign aides/advisors. They are dreadful. Kevin Madden and the woman who mentioned Romneycare should also go. I’m not impressed. Mitt, do yourself a favor: Keep these people off television.

Philly on August 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Eric Fehrnstrom just said that Romney or Ryan have the same Foreign Policy experience that B.O. had when he was sworn in. What?

Not sure if he said Romney or Ryan as it caught me off guard.

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Eric is a walking PR disaster. I don’t understand it. Mitt is supposed to be the model CEO type who hires the best people and allows them to be successful. Maybe he isn’t getting feedback on the missed opportunities and staggering incompetence. ??

a capella on August 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

renalin, are you really a Republican?

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

yep. for nearly 40 years.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Eric Fehrnstrom just said that Romney or Ryan have the same Foreign Policy experience that B.O. had when he was sworn in. What?

Not sure if he said Romney or Ryan as it caught me off guard.

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Obama had NO Foreign Policy experience, unless you include his drug adventure in PACK’E’STAN.

Romney & Ryan won’t buddy up the the Muslims like Obama has.

I heard Iran is raising funds for Obama and is urging Obama to dump Biden and put Hillary on the
Marxist/Communist ticket.

redguy on August 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Every single one of those departments should be eliminated.

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Yeah, that’s what I am talking about!!!

Don’t forget the TSA, The (non) Energy Dept., and about 10,000 other government programs.

redguy on August 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Soundbites make you feel better? Do you see any Department eliminated in the foreseeable future? If they are still there, they need to be run and run effectively to fulfill their stated missions.

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Is “freakin” important in the canonization process. I only ask because I’m merely a Southern Baptist.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

IMHO, he needs to fire several of his top campaign aides/advisors. They are dreadful. Kevin Madden and the woman who mentioned Romneycare should also go. I’m not impressed. Mitt, do yourself a favor: Keep these people off television.

Philly on August 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I agree. I have given a few small amounts so far, but am lukewarm because his staff is awful and I have no faith in them.

I like Mitt. I love the Ryan pick. But i have no faith in Romney’s people. That includes Fehrnstrom, Saul, Madden, and the rest of them.

If he gets a competent team, I will give him the remainder of the 2500 that I can give. Otherwise, I will stick with small donations, and donate the rest to Senate candidates.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Let me get this straight. Paul Ryan was named the VP candidate 24 hours ago, and he’s not on any of the Sunday morning shows ….but John McCain is.

Who do we blame for this? The Romney campaign? Reince Preibus? There is no blessed reason for John McCain to be on any talk show anytime, especially not between now and November.

Right Mover on August 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Sorry, ladies. But DWS is the one American woman who deserves to be called the c-word.

BuckeyeSam on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Clueless….crass….wait a minute…hold on…someone talking…oh, ok. Yea, your c-word much more accurate.

msupertas on August 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM
He just said Ryan.

And then Cutter lied about the foreign policy trip and said Romney offended our allies, and embarrassed America. Again, a clear lie, but one that Fehrnstrom was incapable of pointing out.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Thanks for clearing that up. I don’t think Fehrnstrom does a good job of countering the left at all. Not a fighter, that’s for sure.

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Ryan should have been on these shows this morning. Polls show that 30-40% of voters have no opinion of Ryan. The campaign has about 72 hours to own that narrative. They need positive ads in all of the swing states, and Ryan being interviewed on every network. And I’ve asked and asked: Does Ryan have an actual grandmother? If so, get her in an ad blasting the democrats’ “throw granny off a cliff” slander. And do it NOW.

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

100% THIS.

I could not believe he wasn’t on any show. Amazing. The guy can handle himself. Let him be.

budfox on August 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

yep. for nearly 40 years.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I “was” for 35 myself. I joined the Conservative Party last year. I’ll just say that I respect your right to comment here. To be disappointed that we don’t have a team as conservative as you want. But you would have to admit the contrast is clear and a time will come where if you don’t put at least luke warm support to Romney and Ryan, you’re helping the other side. This will require all good conservatives to beat President Obama. I think we could still make it a landslide. It’ll take folks like you though.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

BuckeyeSam on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Sam, I could think of a few other prominent women on the far left fringe who would merit that “honor.”

Right Mover on August 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Thanks for clearing that up. I don’t think Fehrnstrom does a good job of countering the left at all. Not a fighter, that’s for sure.

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

He kind of counters the left, but he does so in a boring way, while mis-pronouncing words and talking too much.

You need passion, you need clever responses, you need John Sonunu.

Despite all the liberal politicos pretending this election is over, it is not. The real numbers seem like a dead-heat, at worst, for Romney. He should get 2 bounces this month and actually be ahead. However, it is up to his team to go on the Sunday shows, and out-debate the liberal talking heads, and his team does him a great dis-service by not being able to clearly show Stephanie Cutter, and her ilk, to be liars, devoid of ideas, and generally vile and disgusting human beings.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

budfox on August 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I just don’t understand the angst over his NOT being interviewed today.
He’s on the bus tour, for heaven’s sake.
Let ‘em both speak to and fire up many more folks, in person, than any of the TV shows pull in.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Eric is a walking PR disaster. I don’t understand it. Mitt is supposed to be the model CEO type who hires the best people and allows them to be successful. Maybe he isn’t getting feedback on the missed opportunities and staggering incompetence. ??

a capella on August 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I saw that he was weak during the Primaries and one appearance with Sean Hannity in particular. Didn’t impress me then.

Not sure if he’s been with Romney a long time; perhaps loyalty has something to do with it. Regardless, it’s high stakes now and Romney needs better.

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Oh man, I feel bad for T-Paw, having to go out on ‘This Week’ and talk about why Paul Ryan is a great vice presidential pick. He’s a nice dude, and he is doing this with a smile, but he really shouldn’t have to do this.

Mitt should give this guy any role that he wants in the Cabinet.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

The homes of Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright ?

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

No doubt!

Who is John Galt on August 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

She’s trying to walk it back on Twitter now. Getting nailed by Reince, the Romney Team and dozens of others. It’s hilarious.

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

…these talking heads on the Sunday shows and the prog posters here should just be referred to as “babbling bodacious butts”…

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

It’s because we all know he can.

The point of picking Ryan is he has no learning curve. He’s ready to go, now. You can’t ask him anything that he doesn’t have an answer for. People need to see that instantly, because we live in an instantaneous communicative world.

But to opt-out and make TPaw do all the lifting is crazy.

When you have a candidate that is ready for rollout, now, and you don’t, I’m left to wonder if the Romney camps understands what’s coming by the Thursday night. I’m more concerned that the strategists are going to try and handle him, which he doesn’t need at all.

Ryan better be on O’Reilly, Special Report and CBS This Morning. This week.

If not, expect an uphill battle.

budfox on August 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Ryan should have been on these shows this morning. Polls show that 30-40% of voters have no opinion of Ryan. The campaign has about 72 hours to own that narrative. They need positive ads in all of the swing states, and Ryan being interviewed on every network. And I’ve asked and asked: Does Ryan have an actual grandmother? If so, get her in an ad blasting the democrats’ “throw granny off a cliff” slander. And do it NOW.

Rational Thought on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

100% THIS.

I could not believe he wasn’t on any show. Amazing. The guy can handle himself. Let him be.

budfox on August 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I’m not sure how the scheduling works for the media shows. People get ‘bumped’ all the time, but I have a feeling that the strategy is to get Ryan on the Sunday shows closer to the Rep. convention. Surrogates can do a lot of work in the interim. Romney and Ryan may have made speaking commitments – NC- that they felt were important. I would agree with that, but that’s just my WAG. Any attempt to book Ryan would have let the cat out of the bag.

RT, I agree with you that if Ryan has a Granny and wishes to address that absurd commercial, their campaign needs to put her front and center. Was thinking about it last night. I’ll bet she adores Ryan.

Cody1991 on August 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Mitt should give this guy any role that he wants in the Cabinet.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

That’s the impression I’m getting.

I think if TPaw was locked out of a gig, he would suddenly be unavailable. Romney retired his debt, so it’s not as if he’s still in hock.

budfox on August 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Right Mover on August 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Apparently Romney and Ryan are both set for 60 Minutes tonight.

bluealice on August 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

listening to mitt is like watching paint dry. maybe his speech reads better.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

You lie. He is damn sure ripping it up right now in Mooresville, and shockingly, WITHOUT A FREAKIN’ TELEPROMPTER!!! OMG, imagine that.

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

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You might just be a dishonest liberal……….if you require to be ” slo jammed” entertained, rather than wanting to be told the responsible truth.

I’d rather watch paint dry, then to watch the ANTI-American fraud occupying the WH sabotage our Country.

FlaMurph on August 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Ryan will be rolled out to the media next week…why compete against the Olympics?

Though, he and Romney will appear on 60 Minutes tonight on CBS…after the final round of the PGA Championship.

sentinelrules on August 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Can’t wait till the “This Week” transcript comes out. At the very end, a viewer questions that if Mitt Romney wins, is he obligated to be sworn in on the Holy Bible (shades of the Barack Obama ’08 “Koran” question). Mr. Stephanopoulos replied by naming Presidents who may not have been sworn in on a bible, including LBJ who, in the chaotic hours after Dallas, put his hand on a Catholic Missal(!)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

There we go!

budfox on August 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Obama had NO Foreign Policy experience, unless you include his drug adventure in PACK’E’STAN.

I heard Iran is raising funds for Obama and is urging Obama to dump Biden and put Hillary on the
Marxist/Communist ticket.

redguy on August 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I would have thought that Eric Fehrnstrom would have at least know what we know! Good grief.

It wouldn’t surprise me that Iran is in this and should be no surprise, since the B.O. Administration have done nothing if not shielded them. He may be tempted to put HRC on the ticket, but don’t think he’d like the backlash:-)

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Ryan better be on O’Reilly, Special Report and CBS This Morning. This week.

If not, expect an uphill battle.

budfox on August 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Appearing on network watched primarily by people already incline to support the GOP is not going to help much. It is the almost 40% of Americans who still do not know who he is, that he needs to establish a positive introduction and impression.

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Though, he and Romney will appear on 60 Minutes tonight on CBS…

sentinelrules on August 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Hope it will go well!!

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

his team does him a great dis-service by not being able to clearly show Stephanie Cutter, and her ilk, to be liars, devoid of ideas, and generally vile and disgusting human beings.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I agree. They may be fine behind the scenes, etc but not very good countering the “talking points” of the left on these shows.

That Sununu is a Tiger and doesn’t let anything get by him, LOL He needs to give lessons to the rest of the Team:-)

bluefox on August 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Glad they’ll be on 60 Minutes.
They’ll handle themselves well, I have no doubt.
I agree with getting better spox, when absent, tho.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

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Is “freakin” important in the canonization process. I only ask because I’m merely a Southern Baptist.

hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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Ok, very good!

: )

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Don’t go away mad, just go away.

Irritable Pundit on August 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Fifteen minutes of Debbie Wasserman-Schulz and she didn’y say even one thing that was true. Everything she said was false. Literally, everything.

A window into lefty minds.

J.E. Dyer on August 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Apparently Romney and Ryan are both set for 60 Minutes tonight.

bluealice on August 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

That’s a start. Hope the interviews are not spliced and edited in a way as to make either of them look bad.

No, 60 Minutes wouldn’t do that.

Right Mover on August 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I do like Sununu .. He’s a blast to watch.
Press Sec would be a fun spot for him .. teehee.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’m going back and watching the Ryan intro this morning…….it was that good.

Does anyone have a link for the barnburner speech that Romney supposedly gave yesterday after the Ryan intro?

Thx in advance

PappyD61 on August 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

J.E. Dyer on August 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Aggravatingly stunning to witness.
OY.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

PappyD61 on August 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Try the CSPAN video vault ?
I think they showed every speech they’ve done.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I’ve already received an email from Mrs. Romney to order bumper stickers.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I had three of those yesterday…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Oh man, I feel bad for T-Paw, having to go out on ‘This Week’ and talk about why Paul Ryan is a great vice presidential pick. He’s a nice dude, and he is doing this with a smile, but he really shouldn’t have to do this.

Mitt should give this guy any role that he wants in the Cabinet.

Lawdawg86 on August 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

World without end, amen.

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Fifteen minutes of Debbie Wasserman-Schulz and she didn’y say even one thing that was true. Everything she said was false. Literally, everything.

A window into lefty minds.

J.E. Dyer on August 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

That applies to all liberals.

I listened to her, Axelrod, Cutter, and their allies from the major newspapers this morning and 3 things stuck out:

1. They all stutter repeatedly, signifying that they have no conviction in what they are saying.
2. When pressed for ideas, they just either deflect the question or talk about “fair share.”
3. They cannot even talk about Ryan’s plan without lying. At one point, Axelrod literally lied 9 times in 60 seconds, and of course George Stephonopolous did not even attempt to ask about that (although when he thought Pawlenty was lying, he put on his constipated face, as though the potential lack of truth bothered him).

They live in this bubble where what they say is true, and what their “enemies” say has to be false and knocked down in the most vile ways possible.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Until Romney fires Fenrnstom, I will not come close to donating the maximum amount to Romney.

milcus on August 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

At least keep Febrstrom away from the media! Incredible. Utter idiocy. Makes me wonder what’s going on with the Romney campaign. Fehrnstrom must have Mitt’s assent to be going on these shows!

anotherJoe on August 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Apparently Romney and Ryan are both set for 60 Minutes tonight.

bluealice on August 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

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That’s a start. Hope the interviews are not spliced and edited in a way as to make either of them look bad.

No, 60 Minutes wouldn’t do that.

Right Mover on August 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

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Absolutely not. One of the most credible news organizations of all ti- . . . .
( what the !!$#@!!%&!! just happened to my nose ? )

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Anytime they hammer Ryan’s plan to fix things the counter should always be “Well, what’s your plan?”. They don’t have one, they just don’t like his. That won’t play with the American people for long.

Wagthatdog on August 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I’ve already received an email from Mrs. Romney to order bumper stickers.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I had three of those yesterday…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I got one too.

Any idea how the Romney campaign got my email address TOWNHALL?

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I haven’t gotten any Ann emails, but I haven’t sent any $$.
Could that be it ??
I dunno.

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Romney/Ryan will be on 60 Mins tonight.

Lord of the Wings on August 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Any idea how the Romney campaign got my email address TOWNHALL?

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

One of mine came via my subscription to The Political Insider…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

My Mitt email came from Breitbart…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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a capella on August 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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