Palin: Ryan pick makes this an election of competing visions

posted at 5:01 pm on August 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, after some attempt to stir trouble between the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan campaign and Sarah Palin, Palin herself wrote a lengthy congratulations to Team Romney over the addition of Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket.  The selection of the Republican Party’s best thinker on fiscal policy and entitlement reform makes it clear that the election will give voters a clear choice between competing visions for the nation.  Palin focused mostly on the vision presented by the Obama/Biden ticket, which she accurately describes as “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.

This is, I believe, why Romney chose Ryan as his running mate: to refocus the election on substance and issues.  Already we’re seeing Obama’s surrogates fanning out on the morning talk shows to paint Ryan as anti-woman and anti-working class, but that will change when the debate shifts to Ryan’s proposals for entitlement reform.  To attack those, Obama and his campaign have to talk specifics, and Ryan will be well prepared for that — and as we’ve seen in the past, more prepared than Obama or his team.

As I wrote for CNN in a column published last night, Romney has declared an end to silly season, and will force Obama to start defending his own record:

Democrats may be licking their chops, believing that Ryan’s unpopular budget plan will be a millstone around Romney’s neck. However, Democrats would have hung the Ryan plan on Romney no matter who got the VP nod, and no one explains the need for budgetary reform better than Ryan himself. In fact, hardly anyone will talk specifically about how to accomplish budgetary reform. Ryan is one of the few who have risked proposing a roadmap for entitlement reform. Ryan’s plan looks far past the “Taxmageddon” or “fiscal cliff” at the end of this year, to the “fiscal gap” facing the United States over the next 75 years, where our current path puts us on a trajectory to have $222 trillion more in liabilities than revenue.

Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have no serious proposal to deal with long-term debt. The plan Obama has to “pay down the debt” in a “balanced” way would add $6.4 trillion in deficits between 2013 and 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Democrats’ idea of budgetary reform is to demand an increase in taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year — a policy that the Tax Foundation, a research group that favors lower taxes, says would produce $40 billon a year in new revenue, in budgets with trillion-dollar annual deficits. …

And speaking of seriousness, let’s not forget that the Democratic-controlled Senate has gone more than 1,200 days without passing its own budget. Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, has at least fulfilled the legal obligation for annual budget resolutions in the lower chamber, but he’s gone far beyond that to provide leadership on the long-term fiscal crisis facing the nation.

That contrast led to a confrontation last February between Ryan and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner over the lack of long-term solutions coming from the White House, in which Geithner finally told Ryan, “We don’t have a definitive solution to the long term problem. What we do know is, we don’t like yours…”

More than anything else, the pick of the GOP’s top thinker on fiscal policy demonstrates leadership, while Geithner’s vacuous response in February demonstrates the lack of leadership in the Obama administration.  They’re out of ideas.  Romney and Ryan aren’t.  If the campaign comes down to Broad Ideas for Fiscal Reform vs Look A Squirrel, Democrats won’t be licking their chops for long.

John Tamny at Forbes wrote this weekend that Ryan was the only choice Romney had if he wants to make this election about the economy, and the safest as well:

Media accounts will suggest that the Ryan pick had a bold, go-for-broke quality to it, but in truth Ryan was the safest selection of all.

He was the safest because in an election all about the U.S. economy, Ryan is the most suited among the names floated to make a strong case for removing the barriers to economic growth erected by Republican (George W. Bush) and Democratic (Barack Obama) administrations over the last 12 years. Romney himself, though a smashing success as a businessman, has struggled to make a coherent economic argument; his 59 point economic plan all the evidence one needs that the GOP presidential nominee needs help tightening up what should be a very simple economic message.

Paul Ryan could make the above arguments in his sleep, and for being able to, he was the only – and once again the safest – choice for Romney. This column for quite some time has said President Obama’s time in the White House will amount to four years, and the pick of Ryan makes that even more certain.

And Timothy Dalrymple makes the case that Romney chose the best man for the actual job, and not just for the campaign:

George W. Bush did not choose Dick Cheney because he was a brilliant campaigner; he was not.  He chose Dick Cheney because he believed that Cheney would help him govern well.  Similarly, Mitt Romney has an eye not only toward winning the power of the presidency, but toward leveraging that power to put American back on a sound financial footing.

It always frustrates me when people speak of the calculus of the VP pick solely in terms of electability.  The choice of a Vice President ought to be about more than winning.  It ought to be about putting together the best possible team for the good of the country.  It ought to be less about doing yourself a favor and more about doing right by the country.  With Romney’s experience in business and the governor’s office, and Ryan’s experience in legislation and budget, they do make a compelling “Comeback Team” for America as it weathers some of the worst economic storms in generations.

Silly season is over.  It’s time to get back to the serious work of reforming the federal government, and the first reform is making Barack Obama a one-term President.


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1000 or bust!

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

…I still l o v e her!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Ed, you sure are doing a lot of work. Am I to assume everything went well?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

She knows the stakes, pure and simple.

txmomof6 on August 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

1000 or bust!

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

…no no no!…they say we need trolls to get there!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I predict Vice Pres. Biden will come down with a nagging, running case of laryngitis from now until November.

Paul Ryan would take his lunch money in any debate, IMO.

Sgt Steve on August 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Palin focused mostly on the vision presented by the Obama/Biden ticket, which she accurately describes as “California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather”

Every Donk I know woke up this morning drenched in flop sweat and reeking of fear.

Bruno Strozek on August 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Or should that have been presume?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Palin! Yes!

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Great piece by Palin. Her description of what progressivism has wrought on the once great state of California is a sad and perfect warning for what awaits us as a nation if we lose this election.

Kataklysmic on August 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I like slow-roasted troll, dipped in pudding with a side of ewok… YUM!

Rixon on August 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Guess what? Palin here is not saying anything new. In fact, literally everyone was saving this all of last week in the run-up to this choice.

In short, she’s just parroting the thoughts and ideas of people much smarter than her.

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Sarah reads hot air

Hi Sarah …..;-)

angrymike on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

…and washed down with a bottle of Val-U-Rite.

Rixon on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Silly season is over. It’s time to get back to the serious work of reforming the federal government, and the first reform is making Barack Obama a one-term President.

AMEN…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

…I still l o v e her!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Always. If this ticket was Palin/Ryan I would be in hog heaven.

arnold ziffel on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

So you’d be happy if she quoted Alinsky and Mao?

Rixon on August 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Lol. I only read the headline…

I’ve liked Sarah Palin for a long time…Now, I love Sarah Palin!!

RedCrow on August 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I do love Sarah and thank her and family for all they are doing for our Republic. They are a GREAT asset!

BTW, Mitt/team think about Sarah for energy sec.?
L

letget on August 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

OBAMA: “California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather”

Even the born and raised Californians, such as myself, see the beauty in this perfect analysis.

BettyRuth on August 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

And BigWillie is off in first place, followed by….

arnold ziffel on August 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

PS–Is this QOTD??

RedCrow on August 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

If not…Forget about QOTD!

RedCrow on August 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

This is, I believe, why Romney chose Ryan as his running mate: to refocus the election on substance and issues. Already we’re seeing Obama’s surrogates fanning out on the morning talk shows to paint Ryan as anti-woman and anti-working class, but that will change when the debate shifts to Ryan’s proposals for entitlement reform.

WAIT!!!!!!!!…aren’t we supposed to be debating the President and his parties BUDGET and PROGRAMS??????????????
Who is in office?
Whose program? Do programs have budgets?
Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttt!!!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

DWS looks, smells and sounds like a dirty skank, FWIW…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

In short, she’s just parroting the thoughts and ideas of people much smarter than her.

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I guess she’s never going away.

Foxhound on August 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

From SP congratulatory letter, one leftist commenter.

John A. Jones U republicans have been lieing to the American people senice the 18 hundrads !

What trillions of dollars have been wasted on. It’s a national travesty.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Heads Up AlertaRoo!!!!
______________________

Romney and Ryan Rally in Wisconsin: Live at 7:05pm (ET) on C-SPAN
*********************************************************

Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan Travel to Wisconsin
**************************************

Washington, DC
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his newly named VP running mate Rep. Paul Ryan continued their bus tour with stops in North Carolina. They are also traveling to

Rep. Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin for

a rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Yesterday in Virginia, Romney formally announced Paul Ryan as his running mate. The Romney bus tour will continue with stops in Florida on Monday and Ohio on Tuesd

http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Mitt-Romney-Paul-Ryan-Travel-to-Wisconsin/10737432999/

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I like Sara Palin but in all honesty I think she would make a lousy president-but she’s a great looking cheerleader

gerrym51 on August 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Sarah Palin for Secretary of Energy in the Romney Administration!

Tired of Obama?
Try some R&R!

jaydee_007 on August 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Barack Obama’s record is one of dismal failure…

To us that is true, Mrs. Palin.

But note well that it was never Barack Obama’s intent to govern this nation and navigate it through rough seas and see the ship safely into port.

Barack Obama is doing to this country what Osama bin Laden wanted to do to but was never in a position to do – destroy it.

There is no other logical explanation to what this awful man has been doing since 2008.

Obama is a traitor of the first order of magnitude.

turfmann on August 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Palinbots here in 3…2…1…

By the way, where’s the OOTW?

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Always. If this ticket was Palin/Ryan I would be in hog heaven.

arnold ziffel on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

…I’d be snorting!!!!…and not what these progs snort either!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Romney has declared an end to silly season, and will force Obama to start defending his own record

How naive.

This pick changes nothing for Obama. He can’t defend his record. He must attack.

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

seems to me that we actually have a wide gap in what the voters can choose for direction of the country. the November elections will be very telling in whether “money for nothing” beats “get a haircut and get a real job”.

teejk on August 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

In short, she’s just parroting the thoughts and ideas of people much smarter than her.

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Somebody ordered a Troll?

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

1000 or bust!

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I dunno’ Palin has clearly decided that Romney is a better choice than 0bama.

The libs who claim to be ABR nutballs can only lie to try and engage the Palin supporters, and those who don’t like her. Either way the libs here lose. And most of the Palin supporters are smarter than that. The one’s that aren’t, aren’t really Palin supporters. Just liberal nutballs claiming to be.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

You are brain dead.

chewmeister on August 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

OOTW

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Competing visions are needed. First, the people want, especially now, to choose conservative over leftist. Second, Mitt was coming off as being ideological mush, a purposeful issue skirter, and the voters would have rejected that. For Mitt to win, this election has to be about the big choice between conservative and leftist. And it’s not about the economy, stupid. The short-term economy, though important, is a lesser & tangential & more mundane & non-ideological side issue compared to profound choice we face.

anotherJoe on August 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Silly season is over. It’s time to get back to the serious work of reforming the federal government, and the first reform is making Barack Obama a one-term President.

If folks thought four years of 0 was painful, they have no idea how much real pain is ahead.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Palin had an awesome interview this afternoon with Shannon Bream on Fox.

AmeriCuda on August 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

In short, she’s just parroting the thoughts and ideas of people much smarter than her.

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Somebody ordered a Troll?

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Nope, just showed up like junk mail – or telemarketing.

jaydee_007 on August 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

From SP congratulatory letter, one leftist commenter.

John A. Jones U republicans have been lieing to the American people senice the 18 hundrads !

What trillions of dollars have been wasted on. It’s a national travesty.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

For crying out loud. That won’t even pass third grade English!

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

How naive.

This pick changes nothing for Obama. He can’t defend his record. He must attack.

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I agree. & hopefully the election dynamics will start to resemble the Cruz/Dewhurst race.
i.e. people will get so sick of the attacks that they will vote for Romney.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I like slow-roasted troll, dipped in pudding with a side of ewok… YUM!

Rixon on August 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Does that work?

No matter what I try, they still taste like three day dead armadillo.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

If the pick is good enough for Mrs. Palin and Boss Emeritus, Mrs. Malkin, it’s good enough for me. Can’t wait to hear what Maha Rushie says tomorrow!

SouthernGent on August 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

DWS looks, smells and sounds like a dirty skank, FWIW…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

…did you see the front part of her doo today?…I don’t care what anybody says and I will spell it wrong………that…. had to be spworm!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

New troll? Never seen it before.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

There was no question that she would get on board after the Ryan pick-since Ryan is a conservative.
Thank you, Gov. Palin!
*Now-promachus and renalin can STFD and STFU!*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

CUDA

Metro on August 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

seems to me that we actually have a wide gap in what the voters can choose for direction of the country. the November elections will be very telling in whether “money for nothing” beats “get a haircut and get a real job”.

teejk on August 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

It’s the makers vs. the takers. Plain and simple.

chewmeister on August 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Thank you for all that you have accomplished for the Conservative cause. You da man! /

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

AMEN…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

..neener..neener, O.C. My house is hotter than your house!

By the way, didja see any grass-eating Norks parachuting into the Westroads Mall area? I said, they should skip Omaha because your lawn died.

:-D

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

For crying out loud. That won’t even pass third grade English!

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

As a second grade SPECIAL ED student, my grammar/writing ability was superior to that.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Nope, just showed up like junk mail – or telemarketing.

jaydee_007 on August 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I’ve almost given up saving the pizza coupons just so I could say something of substance showed up in the mail.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Sarah! *sigh*

davidk on August 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

There is nothing new under the sun, numbnuts.

But that wouldn’t occur to you and your ilk.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Add ddrintn to that list.

Last night’s QOTD “real conservative” troll even admitted he probably wouldn’t post here until the election.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

New troll? Never seen it before.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Feel like a bit of homework? Here.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Does that work?

No matter what I try, they still taste like three day dead armadillo.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Maybe a cold Lone Star would help……

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Agreed, even Bachmann mopped the floor with Snowbilly Palin.

Bishop on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Thank you for all that you have accomplished for the Conservative cause. You da man! /

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

It’s been around since one of the last ‘opens’-maybe longer than that.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Heh…
Wassup, bro?

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Bishop on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Bunker. Now.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

….soooooooooo…you…are…like three years old?
Mommie in the basement putting your fingers to the keys for you?

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Barack Obama here. Now that I have finished my 18 rounds of golf for the day, including 6 holes-in-one, I might add, I just thought I would drop by and see how all you wingnuts and teabaggers were doing. I will defeat those two inexperienced lightweights you dopes are putting up against me and with the greatest of ease. You might as well just give up right now and save yourselves any further frustration. My grand plan is working even better than I thought as due to your silly Christian upbringing most of you will now be compelled to fight against Romney and Ryan after I prove in the court of public opinion that they are both mass murderers. Soon now both Harry Reid and I will revel the names of thousand of other people Romney has murdered with cancer and Ryan has murdered by stealing their wheel chairs and leaving them out in the desert to die a slow and painful death. Those of you who are still bitter clingers should just face the new reality. America is dying. I am the reason. America is what is wrong with the world. You have to suffer. I can not believe you ever even thought I was an American. No, I am not. I am a world citizen. Borders are illegal in my eyes, which are the only ones that matter. Plus, you stole this land anyway and built it on the backs of Black men like me. You will not have your guns when I am done with you. You won’t have your Bibles either. You won’t even have a nation. I have not even begun to transform you. You will change. I will make you. Feel free to vote for me or just stay home. I hate you. I hate your children. I hate your parents for having you. See you in November–suckers–losers. After the election and my landslide victory I will have my image placed on Mount Rushmore in place of those honkies up there now and my dear and close friends in the Muslim Brotherhood will probably want to carve my image out of one of those old pyramids rather than tear them all down. I am Barack Obama and I will have at least four more years. More likely about 40 more years.

RasThavas on August 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

As a second grade SPECIAL ED student, my grammar/writing ability was superior to that.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I have no doubt ALT. That is just pathetic.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Add ddrintn to that list.

Last night’s QOTD “real conservative” troll even admitted he probably wouldn’t post here until the election.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

ddrintn accused me me of being a ‘Trig truther once’. I couldn’t possibly find the post-being that both of us have commented hundreds(at least) of threads-but she’s been on my snit list ever since.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

What trillions of dollars have been wasted on. It’s a national travesty.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I get it!

It’s education!

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Even with Ryan on board Obama wont talk specifics….it’ll be Dodge..
Dodge. Dodge

cmsinaz on August 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Feel like a bit of homework? Here.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Pretty long list. Too lazy to do homework, though. :)

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

D Wasserman Schultz ‏@DWStweets

Spreading the word in my home state, FL: #RomneyRyanEconomics would throw seniors & the middle class under the bus.

CBS News chief Washington correspondent and anchor of “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer sat down with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on Sunday for their first interview since the Republican presidential nominee announced Ryan as his running mate.

[snip]

Ryan added, “My mom is a Medicare senior in FloridaSource

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Palin had an awesome interview this afternoon with Shannon Bream on Fox.

AmeriCuda on August 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Here it is.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Very nice work, Mrs. Palin. Keep ‘em coming.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

When Palin posits an original idea, I’ll care.

As of now, she hasn’t had one in years.

BigWillieStyles on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

They’re so cut at this age. Stumbling and drooling and that type of s
#it.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Ryan added, “My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida… Source

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Sweeet…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Add ddrintn to that list.

Last night’s QOTD “real conservative” troll even admitted he probably wouldn’t post here until the election.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I cannot think of a single ABR nutball that is not an 0bama supporter deep down.

Even idiotdesign has remained uncommitted to any presidential candidate.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Romney should find some place in his administration for Sarah Palin. Quite simply – she’s a winner and she’s smart – regardless of what the left and RINOs say. Besides all that, ahem, she is hot, ahem.

pos4thst on August 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Feel like a bit of homework? Here.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

……….nice!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I cannot think of a single ABR nutball that is not an 0bama supporter deep down.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I know a few who are diehard Paulites.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Palin doesn’t exactly give a full throated endorsement of Romney/Ryan, but she clearly says they are better than Obama.

This way she/we can hold their feet to the conservative fire.

Romney has pulled a neat trick by merging the Ryan Plan (which disappears BTW!) into the Romney Plan.

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Besides all that, ahem, she is hot, ahem.

pos4thst on August 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Not really a qualification for the post, so irrelevant. Eyes on the prize, remember.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

D Wasserman Schultz ‏@DWStweets

Spreading the word in my home state, FL: #RomneyRyanEconomics would throw seniors & the middle class under the bus.

You know what Toots, speaking of buses, I’d keep a weather eye out for an oncoming. I bet your golfing Bro has one lined up for you if you trip on your d&#k like little miss sunshine last week. Pay very close attention and stay very close to the script.

BTW, got a question for you. Have you even read it?

Thought so.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

It’s been around since one of the last ‘opens’-maybe longer than that.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I always do my homework on someone before commenting. I know of his positions fairly well. That said, a cheap shot at Palin is a cheap shot, nothing to be gained, Except to be poked. He/She is no troll.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Think moonbats have been bug nuts so far?

With renewed excitement in the GOP, count on the bobble headed liberal loons to start grinding their teeth on the bars of their cages.

The thing to do is to send them over the edge as quickly as possible, kind of like going to full throttle to get past the sound barrier.

There’s going to be a lot of screaming, the sooner they run off the rest of the independents, the better.

Speakup on August 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Palin goes out of her way to avoid any praise of either Romney or Ryan. Not even a sentence’s worth on Ryan’s virtues or background.

Why? Her ego won’t let her praise a potential rival for her cultists’ affections.

AngusMc on August 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Sarah reads hot air

Hi Sarah …..;-)

angrymike on August 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Hi angrymike ;)

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on August 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I know a few who are diehard Paulites.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Which makes them 0bama supporters. Rand and Ron on on board with Romney. They are libiot infiltrators using Paulians to reelect 0bama.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Not really a qualification for the post, so irrelevant. Eyes on the prize, remember.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Her “hotness” is an added bonus – thought I’d made that more than clear, LOL.

pos4thst on August 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Ha! Pwned.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

They keep lil Debbie around so the things Bury says seem intelligent by comparison.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle

Jesus Christ, no! We already got one.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

That said, a cheap shot at Palin is a cheap shot, nothing to be gained, Except to be poked. He/She is no troll.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Its not just a cheap shot, its idiotic.

I mean how many politicians come up with something no one has ever thought of before?

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

she only mentioned mitts name 4 times in her entire FB post.

tells me she’s not speaking at the convention.

Yipee!

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Watch the previous laughable Fox News / CNN polling data showing President Obama up 11 with Independents completely reverse itself with Paul Ryan now on the ticket.

The guy is a lightning rod for Independents who want the candidates to talk about the economy…and not birth control pills, gay marriage, illegal immigration reform, and other hogwash that doesn’t appear anywhere at the top of people’s lists.

Varchild on August 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

He/She is no troll.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Meh, a lot of longtimers here have turned into ABR nutballs. They have shown themselves to be trolls. Only the NorKs and Iranians are as dedicated as 0bama lovers.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Palin goes out of her way to avoid any praise of either Romney or Ryan. Not even a sentence’s worth on Ryan’s virtues or background.

AngusMc on August 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Cry me a river.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Silly season is over. It’s time to get back to the serious work of reforming the federal government, and the first reform is making Barack Obama a one-term President.

You give liberals way too much credit.

Silly season will never be over for them.

The biggest thing today is the idea that Mitt is a horrible hypocrite for asking Ryan for “several years” of tax returns during the vetting process.

It’s going to get sillier.

That’s what desperation amounts to for these liberals.

ButterflyDragon on August 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Good to see Gov. Palin weigh in with a thumbs up on Paul Ryan.

It also seems transparent to me that she knows she’s going to get the shaft on speaking at the convention, too.

Robert_Paulson on August 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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