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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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

obama did. They tried his plan and it worked.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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

tells me she’s not speaking at the convention.

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renalin on August 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

With Sarah Palin not speaking at the convention,
how many will actually watch it?

Allow me to delete your YIPPE! for ya..

Varchild on August 12, 2012 at 5:36 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

Yeah, Crazy Joe just go to far out on the leash they couldn’t take chances anymore.

I am so looking forward to the Vice Presidential debate.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Why are people worried about Florida? From what I’ve read, if you’re over 55, you can keep your current medicare. I would think that would help win Florida, because without reform, the whole program is at risk.

GCM on August 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

OT Twitter: ‘At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full.”

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

David Burge‏@iowahawkblog

CBO numbers: net present value of US unfunded spending promises=$222T, 4x entire US net worth, more than net worth of planet Earth.

davidk on August 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

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

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I read on Drudge that heir Carolina stop was a huge success, 10,000 people lined up to meet Romney/Ryan in Green Point…by contrast Obozo’s event somewhere in Chicago drew a tiny crowd, though the entrance was only 51 USD, the place was half empty apparently…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I will always love me some Sarah Palin. As usual, she’s right on target.

The Rogue Tomato on August 12, 2012 at 5:38 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

You do realize that most of her ideas are as old as humanity itself, right? And her ideas on the direction of this country are over 200 years old.

No one needs to re-invent the wheel here. There is no need for “original ideas” to get back to what made this country great.

ButterflyDragon on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

All hands on deck to put the sinking Obama loser-ship out of our misery.

NoDonkey on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 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

The Captain and XO have been chosen for this voyage sailor. Either get on board or wave from the dock but we’re sailing, with or without you. Your childish nitpicking does nothing.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

obama did. They tried his plan and it worked.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I think Lenin was there before him…and it didn’t work when he tried it either.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

When it comes to Palin, it’s always clobberin’ time for Obama. She really knows how to skewer the guy. Would’ve made a great convention speech too.

Dongemaharu on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Did you see the Palin interview today posted by letget on another thread?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/sarah-palin-ryan-will-mean-more-enthusiasm-for-romney-from-tea-party-says-mccain-camp-didnt-have-her-back-in-08/

She’s “100%”, “all in” for Romney/Ryan. She says sometimes to help the most it’s best to step back and leave room for other voices, but she will continue to do her part. She’s still the happy warrior, doing her thing, which we all know is very powerful, and whether she speaks at the convention or not, she’s going to be happy either way.

Paul-Cincy on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 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

Good grief. Is all you do is sit around waiting for an opportunity to biatch about Sarah Palin?

Believe it or not, there are more websites than Hot Air where you can find out information before running off at the mouth and looking foolish.

“I’m excited that now we have a team of Romney-Ryan that will certainly offer an alternative to the vision that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have for America. Where the Obama ticket believes that growing government and taking away about personal freedoms, and the corresponding responsibility that comes with our freedoms, taking that away from Americans. And this conflict of vision that we’ll see on the other side is a sound and secure vision for America that understands the free market, that understands what it takes to get the economy roaring back to life,” Palin said.

Palin explained that the Ryan pick will heighten the enthusiasm on the right for the 2012 election and make it more difficult for the Obama campaign to distract attention away from the president’s first term.

“Well, you know, I think a lot of maybe tea party patriots have understood wisely that they had no choice,” she said. “Of course, they are going to go with anybody but Obama. And now, yes, I believe that there will be a strengthening, more enthusiasm because this now — this ticket represents the message that this campaign is about the economy and with Paul Ryan, who is known for his conscientious concern for our budget and for getting America out of debt — this makes it tougher for Obama to do his continual distracting and dividing and pivoting off the economy because this ticket represents this campaign is about the economy.”

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

OT Twitter: ‘At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full.”

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Who wrote the tweet?

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I hope the campaign has a voice coach for both Romney and Ryan. The amount of speaking during a campaign is extraordinary, and Romney was already raspy today.

We cannot afford either candidate to go hoarse and croak out the words like Wendell Wilkie in 1940 or Gerald Ford in 1976. Ford completely lost his voice at the end of 76, and it may have cost him the election.

matthew8787 on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

It’s going to get sillier.

That’s what desperation amounts to for these liberals.

ButterflyDragon on August 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

You are correct, Sir! It’s gonna get much worse. The Donks have absolutely nothing positive to campaign on. That being said, it’s gonna be hilarious watching them try to paint RR as idiots.

pos4thst on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 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

With you. It gives fiscal conservatives and independents a reason to get off the bench and care.

itsspideyman on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

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

Yep, and I for one am sure going to enjoy those exit polls that show R2 behind until they close, then show a landslide. MSLSD may just have to close shop for the night.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

OT 60 minutes tonight: “There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare,”

I call that a fighter… in the lion’s den – at CBS

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

The Arctic Fox strikes again. She’s a leader.

Be prepared for the concern Trolls gnashing of teeth and tearing of clothes.

Get over it, you putzes. That was graceful and classy.

kingsjester on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Thanks pambi

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Sarah Palin knows we must defeat Obama by electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The ‘Cuda has spoken.

Romney/Ryan 2012!!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The ‘Cuda has spoken.

Romney/Ryan 2012!!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You feeling ok today?

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

OUR US debt is around 16 Trillion while when you combine the debts of the states and cities it is 100 TRILLION.

CW on August 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Why are people worried about Florida? From what I’ve read, if you’re over 55, you can keep your current medicare. I would think that would help win Florida, because without reform, the whole program is at risk.

GCM on August 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

And there is the key phrase. From what I’ve read.

Just a few more people do that, and they’ll realize Cream-head is lying through her teeth too.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Who wrote the tweet?

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I think andrea saul, but not sure if it was a retweet or not…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 5:44 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

I bet you were a big fan of “Hope and Change”, weren’t you?

Or is “Forward” your preference…

ladyingray on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You feeling ok today?

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The nistas have received their orders that is all. Bluegill , though not a nista, wants to make sure they know. Now get in line nistas.

CW on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Sarah Palin knows we must defeat Obama by electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The ‘Cuda has spoken.

Romney/Ryan 2012!!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Hell has frozen over…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

They need to get her out on the campaign circuit with Ryan…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Meanwhile,from TwitterLand!!

What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan? Lipstick.

https://twitter.com/RaisingOneBrow/statuses/234292839985594368

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

They need to get her out on the campaign circuit with Ryan…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

YES!!!!

pos4thst on August 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Oh crap, the apocalypse is upon us!

One of the most prolific Romney fluffin’ nutballs here has made sense and done the right thing.

That puts her head and shoulders above the ABR bat crap crazy nuballs.

And a sign that the end times are here.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

OT 60 minutes tonight: “There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare,”

I call that a fighter… in the lion’s den – at CBS

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

That gets out into the mainstream media and 6:00 supper tv for the average Joe, and Game Over.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The ‘Cuda has spoken.

Palin 2016!!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Just because her graciousness lines up with your agenda.

kingsjester on August 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Or is “Forward” your preference…

ladyingray on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

“Lean….”

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

They need to get her out on the campaign circuit with Ryan…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

OmahaConservative:ASAP and Expedite!:)

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The nistas have received their orders that is all. Bluegill , though not a nista, wants to make sure they know. Now get in line nistas.

CW on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

LOL. You may have noticed how well this Palinista took marching orders in the Missouri senate primary? We praise Palin because we like her and agree with her; she has no power to lead where we will not follow.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Imagine being anything but an ardent crazed leftist Democrat going into the voting booth and realizing the pathetic OBAMA economy….might as well shoot yourself. 1.5 , 8.3, and 16 Trillion.

CW on August 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

OT 60 minutes tonight: “There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare,”

I call that a fighter… in the lion’s den – at CBS

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I may have to watch this show for the first time since the ’80′s.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

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

AngusMc on August 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Cripes – some people whine and bit^h if she doesn’t endorse, some people whine * bit*h if she does endorse because she’s nothing but a stain, now you’re going to whine and bit*h because she didn’t phrase her endorsement the way you think she should have?

Actually she really doesn’t have to worry about losing rheir support because some of them think the GOP has treated her so poorly they shouldn’t expect her to sheerlead for them.

katiejane on August 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Can we decide to stop paying attention to BuzzFeed at this point, please? Their hackery makes Politico look reasonable by comparison.

Well said by Palin. Time to pink slip Obama.

changer1701 on August 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I read on Drudge that heir Carolina stop was a huge success, 10,000 people lined up to meet Romney/Ryan in Green Point…by contrast Obozo’s event somewhere in Chicago drew a tiny crowd, though the entrance was only 51 USD, the place was half empty apparently…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/08/this-is-what-2012-looks-like-lines-around-the-block-at-romney-ryan-rally-in-high-point-nc/

davidk on August 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Sarah Palin knows we must defeat Obama by electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The ‘Cuda has spoken.

Romney/Ryan 2012!!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Hell has frozen over…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

kiss and make up???? :-)…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I have pulled my fish disease book down from high atop the bookshelf. I’ll get back to y’all when I have found the possible malady.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Debbie Wasserman Shulz?

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Fixed it for ya.

And, I hope the answer is obvious.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

You feeling ok today?

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Heh. Nice catch.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

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

She doesn’t deserve one.

Why would Romney/Ryan want someone at their party who can’t bring themselves to endorse them. I mean, the main purpose of the convention is to whip up enthusiasm for the ticket, not to provide a forum for some butt-hurt attention monger.

If she’d put her ego aside for a minute, she could help a lot. I love the girl, and she can damn sure rally the tea party wing. But I honestly wonder about her motives sometimes.

BacaDog on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

FoxNews has a panel and the lead in for the segment was Romney’s popularity takes a hit on the heel of Ryan’s selection. It then referred back to that faux poll form a few days ago where there was a +9 Dem overweight and a +/-3 % MOE. The poll also had sloppy analysis of data and drew a invalid conclusion.

1: it is not after Ryan selection, what is this on the heel BS?

2: Romney went from 41% in July to 40% in August, but the August sample has a -3 in number of Republicans sampled compared to July. And there was also an increase in number of Dem sampled in August. There is no statistical significant change between the July and August polls.

The panel just talked glibly on based a premise of that meme. Isn’t Pat Caddell a pollster, and he agreed with this polling malpractice?

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Sarah Palin knows we must defeat Obama by electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The ‘Cuda has spoken.

Romney/Ryan 2012!!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

…so what inquiring minds want to know!
………………..is your pull-up still dry?

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Best headline I’ve read today:

Obama Campaign Defends President’s $700 Billion Cuts to Medicare…

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/08/this-is-what-2012-looks-like-lines-around-the-block-at-romney-ryan-rally-in-high-point-nc/

davidk on August 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

me likey :-) a lot :)

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Sarah Palin knows we must defeat Obama by electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

The ‘Cuda has spoken.

Romney/Ryan 2012!!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You are such a flippin’ blatant hypocrite.

#WAR

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Imagine being anything but an ardent crazed leftist Democrat going into the voting booth and realizing the pathetic OBAMA economy….might as well shoot yourself. 1.5 , 8.3, and 16 Trillion.

CW on August 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Now where on the wide, wide world of lefty news would they ever hear that tidbit?

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I may have to watch this show for the first time since the ’80′s.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Yep.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

“[T]op down economics is central to Governor Romney and it is central to his running mate,” Obama said, per pool report. “Just yesterday, my opponent chose his running mate, the ideological leader of Republicans in Congress, Mr Paul Ryan. I want to congratulate Mr Ryan. I know him, I welcome him to the race.”

this is the alternative universe that the left will try to sell. totally orwellian.

in fact barry is the top-down econ guy…national planning, centralized and ‘efficient’

everyone but the dimmest voter knows that is a lie…but they are afraid to lose their government stipend

r keller on August 12, 2012 at 5:53 PM

You are such a flippin’ blatant hypocrite.

#WAR

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

You shut up about cd seven! He/she’s a war hero. Even if it is a panfish today.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I have pulled my fish disease book down from high atop the bookshelf. I’ll get back to y’all when I have found the possible malady.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

hey now, you should celebrate :-).. instead of the fish stench we will forever have the flavor of an epic reconciliation at HR :-)..of all people you should appreciate that :)…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Drudge links to that Tweet about O’s attendence, too.
……
@jodikantor At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full.
… (instapundit)

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Now where on the wide, wide world of lefty news would they ever hear that tidbit?

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Get the word out. Besides I think far too many people know people who are not working or are unemployed. To think that in the end the middle won’t tilt R and R is madness. Of course I do remember 2008…so I am not naive.

CW on August 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

aww, my bad, I meant ‘fragrance’ not ‘flavour’… me Frenchie :-)…mixed the two up for a sec…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Best headline I’ve read today:

Obama Campaign Defends President’s $700 Billion Cuts to Medicare…

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

WHAT?

Had to be buried somewhere. Somebody is getting canned if THAT gets out.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

If she’d put her ego aside for a minute, she could help a lot. I love the girl, and she can damn sure rally the tea party wing. But I honestly wonder about her motives sometimes.

BacaDog on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Reading is not your strong suit…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

hey now, you should celebrate :-).. instead of the fish stench we will forever have the flavor of an epic reconciliation at HR :-)..of all people you should appreciate that :)…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I agree. We all want Obama gone. It’s time for unity, not bickering.

I am proud to stand with Sarah Palin as we work to defeat Obama!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

You are such a flippin’ blatant hypocrite.

#WAR

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Oh c’mon, if nothing else, it was comedy gold.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I am proud to stand with Sarah Palin as we work to defeat Obama!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grammy!!!!!!!

Eleventy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ABDICATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

If she’d put her ego aside for a minute, she could help a lot. I love the girl, and she can damn sure rally the tea party wing. But I honestly wonder about her motives sometimes.

BacaDog on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I count precisely 2 uses of the pronoun “I”, neither in any sort of self-congratulatory use. Please direct me to where her alleged “ego” gets in the way.

alwaysfiredup on August 12, 2012 at 5:58 PM

R..onald R..eagan/2012,

oops,thats,

Romney/Ryan/2012!!!

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I am proud to stand with Sarah Palin as we work to defeat Obama!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

So you are now refudiating all of your previous posts?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

The Romney campaign–actually, the Romney/Ryan campaign, now–released its first web ad featuring new running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) this morning.

“America’s Comeback Team”

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Best headline I’ve read today:

Obama Campaign Defends President’s $700 Billion Cuts to Medicare…

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

HA HA!

gophergirl on August 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

The ‘Cuda has spoken.

Romney/Ryan 2012!!

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM

…now we will expect the same intensity and fervor directed toward the progressive trolls POPPING up daily… like the plugs drilled into Biteme’s hairline…
Two months of you…and the trolls will be throwing themselves off the cliff…grandma will have a soft landing! We’ll have clean threads going into November!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Sarah is right – as usual.

The choice for America is clear – obama must go.

Pork-Chop on August 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Debbie Wasserman Shulz?

I’ll take Don’t Even Get Me Started for $500, Alex.

spiritof61 on August 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Get Palin out on the campaign trail, now. She has endorsed, so put her to work where she is needed…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

One is noteworthy, any more than that and you blow any goodwill you were trying for.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

You shut up about cd seven! He/she’s a war hero. Even if it is a panfish today.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Sure, just as soon as the blue gilled one admits that she told a blatant lie about me a couple of weeks ago.

But since there’s no chance of that, I’ll not hold my breath nor hijack this thread.

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Drudge links to that Tweet about O’s attendence, too.
……
@jodikantor At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full.
… (instapundit)

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

pambi:Here are more related tweets to Hopeys Chicago Rally!:O

Kristen Welker ‏@kwelkernbc

POTUS:Congressman Ryan is a decent man…he is an articulute spokesman for Gov. Romney’s vision..it’s a vision I fundamentally disagree with

https://twitter.com/kwelkernbc

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

“…Mr Paul Ryan. I want to congratulate Mr Ryan. I know him, I welcome him to the race.”

If anyone doesn’t think Highpockets is just a tad concerned about Ryan just go back to that link there Ryan gives him a six minute wedgie with Obamacare.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxMZ1WdINs&feature=player_embedded

O is just thanking his lucky stars that Ol’ Uncle Joe is trading barbs with Ryan.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

What was the lie?

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

What do liberals have to offer that Conservatives don’t already have?

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

So you are now refudiating all of your previous posts?

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

*snicker. Can’t wait for the response.

VegasRick on August 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

@jodikantor At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full.
… (instapundit)

pambi on August 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Let the media faux polls continue to maintain the illusion of a strong and increasing lead for Barry. It motivates us to work harder and go vote in November.

bayview on August 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

B. More you wonderful bastard! I can’t believe how long I lived w/o this adblocking dealy.

Lanceman on August 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

But since there’s no chance of that, I’ll not hold my breath nor hijack this thread.

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Don’t let it get to ya’. She is the flipside of the ABR nutballs.

They will stop at nothing to lie, or wish destruction of families, for those they disagree with.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Wow, 0bama is actually wearing a shirt that fits…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Wake me up when Sarah endorses Romney.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I don’t believe the liberal media bluegill on August 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM.

davidk on August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Best headline I’ve read today:

Obama Campaign Defends President’s $700 Billion Cuts to Medicare…

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

WHAT?

Had to be buried somewhere. Somebody is getting canned if THAT gets out.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Yep. It’s on Drudge. It links to Stephanie Cutter’s second disastrous appearance this week:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-campaign-defends-presidents-700-billion-cuts-medicare_649856.html

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Wow, 0bama is actually wearing a shirt that fits…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Does he have on a tie? If not are the sleeves rolled up? That is his usual agitator’s uni.

Rio Linda Refugee on August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

lol

Ed could u have found a more smarty-pants picture of her? What is it with you and weird Palin pix lately?

Valkyriepundit on August 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Two months of you…and the trolls will be throwing themselves off the cliff…grandma will have a soft landing! We’ll have clean threads going into November!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

looooooooooool :-) my stomach hurts, pls stop :)

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The media told me she was “washed up politically”.

I’m so confused.

faraway on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Debbie Wasserman Shulz?

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Well, for openers, when Sarah speaks, people actually want to listen to her. They will go out of their way to show up somplace to listen to her.

When DWS Speaks we hear what she’s said because the Lamestream Media can’t wait to foist it upon us.

Will that do for starters?

Tired of Obama?
Try some R&R!

jaydee_007 on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

POTUS:Congressman Ryan is a decent man…he is an articulate spokesman for Gov. Romney’s vision..it’s a vision I fundamentally disagree with

https://twitter.com/kwelkernbcca
nopfor on August 12, 2012 at 6:02 P

Meaning,”He wiped my butt for six minutes with my own plan.”

Guess what, Hot Dog? We fundamentally disagree with your plan too.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

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