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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But that’s what Romney see’s as a problem, she would draw more attention than him.

idesign

The problem is the kind of attention she WOULD bring. More attention isn’t automatically a good thing.

xblade on August 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

The cool kids went to the other place and left y’all nutballs to rant to each other for a while.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

seems lilke hot air is missing something

people not commenting as much anymore.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Oh, I don’t know Dr., the Ryan threads have garnered better than 6500 comments so far.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

seems lilke hot air is missing something

people not commenting as much anymore.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

The butthurt Palinistas are clogging things up.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Palin has a far more generous take on Ryan than I do.

I do not see a person who claims American cannot balance a budget for the next two full generations as a conservative thinker, nor do I see that person as a very good fiscal thinker. Then again, looking at the Republican Party, I guess her qualifier of saying the Parties best fiscal thinker might be accurate. It is no longer a conservative party.

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

seems lilke hot air is missing something

people not commenting as much anymore.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I’ve noticed that a lot of good people never comment here anymore.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

@ Dr.Tesla – I don’t get the euphoria over Ryan either. But destroying Obama live on TV probably has something to do with it. Taking Obama to the woodshed right in front of him goes a hell of a long way, and built up some serious cred. Plus, he’s very likable. I mean, compare his personality to Biden’s. Night and day.

Dongemaharu on August 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I don’t talk Palin b/c neither side can be rational about the woman. She”s a carciture by both supporters and her critics.

The reaity is Palin is wrong about Paul Ryan offering a different vision if we do look at his voting record.

I’m old school, i think how a pol votes matters more than anything they say. ryan doesn’t mind voting left on big fiscal votes.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Excellent piece on the Ryan pick by William Jacobson. There is only one cogent respsonse to the nitpicking of the Ryan pick, “shut up.”

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/08/not-really-interested-in-your-criticisms-of-the-ryan-pick/

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

You and Tesla get some of the credit.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I think a lot of people are on vacation right now. Give it about two weeks and things are going to be on fire. September and October are going to be WILD.

GadsdenRattlers on August 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

You and Tesla get some of the credit.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Yup…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

@Dong

I would have paid to see Santorum vs Biden. Paul Ryan vs Biden will just be weird and pointless, Santorum vs Biden would be fun weird, pointless and sodomy would be discussed.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I don’t talk Palin b/c neither side can be rational about the woman. She”s a carciture by both supporters and her critics.

The reaity is Palin is wrong about Paul Ryan offering a different vision if we do look at his voting record.

I’m old school, i think how a pol votes matters more than anything they say. ryan doesn’t mind voting left on big fiscal votes.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

The primaries are over, hero. Let’s move on. You can criticize President Romney all you like later, but for now it’s time to get on board.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

You and Tesla get some of the credit.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Don’t forget Romney.

Mitt Romney — blog traffic poison?

Mitt Romney Is Terrible For Traffic

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Silly season is over.

*guffaw*

You still don’t know the Dems very well, it seems.

Midas on August 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

seems lilke hot air is missing something

people not commenting as much anymore.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

… posted in a thread that’s on it’s sixth page.

Um, what?

Midas on August 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Don’t vote for the Commie……..that will make it easy.

PappyD61 on August 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Heroism takes many forms.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Hijacking a thread is not one of them.

dominigan on August 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

i’m anybody but Obama but i don’t plan to vote. Just don’t care, been suffering from some depression. Turning 35 this year.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

… posted in a thread that’s on it’s sixth page.

Um, what?

Midas on August 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Dude, you are harshing his delusion.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Mitt Romney — blog traffic poison?

Mitt Romney Is Terrible For Traffic

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Sarah always was a spectacular thread traffic source. Its very true. True to this day as a matter of fact.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

You and Tesla get some of the credit.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Yup…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Forgetaboutit. I was busy for several months working in the 2010 election cycle, and when I returned they were GONE.

What did you do to cause them to leave while I was busy?

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Turning 35 this year.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Moving out of your parents house would go a long way towards taking care of that depression.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I do not see a person who claims American cannot balance a budget for the next two full generations as a conservative thinker, nor do I see that person as a very good fiscal thinker. Then again, looking at the Republican Party, I guess her qualifier of saying the Parties best fiscal thinker might be accurate. It is no longer a conservative party.

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

The “balanced budget” is a chimera. Would you rather have a balanced budget with spending at $3 trillion or would you rather have an unbalanced budget with spending at $1 billion?

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Palin has a far more generous take on Ryan than I do.

I do not see a person who claims American cannot balance a budget for the next two full generations as a conservative thinker, nor do I see that person as a very good fiscal thinker. Then again, looking at the Republican Party, I guess her qualifier of saying the Parties best fiscal thinker might be accurate. It is no longer a conservative party.

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

That’s pretty much my take also. We can’t continue this through more generations, not even a decade. We don’t have the money.

bgibbs1000 on August 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

What did you do to cause them to leave while I was busy?

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Well, were making fun of you while you were gone. So there is that.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Turning 35 this year.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

The downhill years are very enjoyable. So look forward to that at least.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Sarah always was a spectacular thread traffic source. Its very true. True to this day as a matter of fact.

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Well maybe Ryan can bring back a little life into the Romney campaign.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Moving out of your parents house would go a long way towards taking care of that depression.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

true but then i have to work.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

The “balanced budget” is a chimera.
Dante on August 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Is it housebroken?

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

It’s a total disgrace that the Romney camp refused to offer Palin a speaking spot.

It’s the damn GOP convention. It’s a time for unity. Unity means bringing all parts of the party together. Not just those approved by the MSM.

I don’t buy the nonsense that “it was her choice.” Pure crap. They obviously told her that she wasn’t speaking and “allowed” her to preempt a public announcement of the final set of speakers.

Well, we know for a fact that Sarah will continue to be active on the campaign trail. She’s not quitting the party, although it certainly seems to have quit her.

Robert_Paulson on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

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.

And may the best team win!

topdog on August 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

@Bmore

I have a very intesne fear of death plus i don’t want to get old b/c i’m vain about my good looks. Seems like nobody else fears death. i don’t like to think of this world without me in it.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

true but then i have to work.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Then stay where you are and keep the depression.

Your choice. You can have a rich and rewarding life, or keep doing what you are doing.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Narcissist much? Oh wait, what was I thinkin’…you’re you.

cozmo on August 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

It’s a total disgrace that the Romney camp refused to offer Palin a speaking spot.

It’s the damn GOP convention. It’s a time for unity. Unity means bringing all parts of the party together. Not just those approved by the MSM.

I don’t buy the nonsense that “it was her choice.” Pure crap. They obviously told her that she wasn’t speaking and “allowed” her to preempt a public announcement of the final set of speakers.

Well, we know for a fact that Sarah will continue to be active on the campaign trail. She’s not quitting the party, although it certainly seems to have quit her.

Robert_Paulson on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

The Romney campaign is just causing more bad blood between him and the Conservative base.

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I have a very intesne fear of death plus i don’t want to get old b/c i’m vain about my good looks. Seems like nobody else fears death. i don’t like to think of this world without me in it.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Lolz. You are certifiable…

OmahaConservative on August 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I don’t buy the nonsense that “it was her choice.” Pure crap. They obviously told her that she wasn’t speaking and “allowed” her to preempt a public announcement of the final set of speakers.

Robert_Paulson on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Neither do I. They made it clear some time ago she wasn’t welcome and she is just giving them a graceful way out of it for the sake of party unity.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

palin would overshadow the entire thing, she’s been the pinata for too long now. i respect their decision not to have her around.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

The “balanced budget” is a chimera. Would you rather have a balanced budget with spending at $3 trillion or would you rather have an unbalanced budget with spending at $1 billion?

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I would rather see a balanced budget with $999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 being spent and paid for by the people who have the say pay the bill than an unbalanced budget of $0.00000000000000000000000000000000001 where that burden of repayment is lain upon the shoulders of those who gain no benefit and have no power to say otherwise. All that debt that Ryan is making seem palatable is going to be paid not by me, you or anyone else who is currently working, (its a deficit) but by people who do not even have the right to vote and in most cases are not even born yet.

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 9:03 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

Sarah living rent free in so many peoples heads .. gotta love it …
I really enjoy Sarah and she is a great asset to the GOP …
she cause pure fear in Dems …. love it

conservative tarheel on August 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

If Romney is shutting Palin out of the convention, then that’s pretty pathetic. Palin’s too much of a team player to call out Romney on it. But does anyone actually know who’s choice it was?

Dongemaharu on August 12, 2012 at 9:05 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

I dont know … I have never HAD 3 day old armadillo … :D

conservative tarheel on August 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Neither do I. They made it clear some time ago she wasn’t welcome and she is just giving them a graceful way out of it for the sake of party unity.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

So you’re saying it was their decision…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I would rather see a balanced budget with $999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 being spent and paid for by the people who have the say pay the bill than an unbalanced budget of $0.00000000000000000000000000000000001 where that burden of repayment is lain upon the shoulders of those who gain no benefit and have no power to say otherwise. All that debt that Ryan is making seem palatable is going to be paid not by me, you or anyone else who is currently working, (its a deficit) but by people who do not even have the right to vote and in most cases are not even born yet.

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I’m not talking about Ryan. I’m talking about your desire for a balanced budget.

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

But does anyone actually know who’s choice it was?

Dongemaharu on August 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

One of Romney’s people tried to claim that Palin’s contract with Fox prevented her from speaking at the Convention. Romney’s choice.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

So you’re saying it was their decision…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I think so. They kept making excuses why she couldn’t which made no sense.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Lol. Sarah decides not to speak in Miami, and Palinistas start screaming conspiracy. They’re turning into Paulbots.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I wonder why it wasn’t ‘Rubio.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 9:13 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.

So true, and yet you continue to write columns about silly Sarah. Let’s see if we can focus on the real reformers and making America’s comeback a reality, hmm?

MJBrutus on August 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

It’s a total disgrace that the Romney camp refused to offer Palin a speaking spot.

It’s the damn GOP convention. It’s a time for unity. Unity means bringing all parts of the party together. Not just those approved by the MSM.

I don’t buy the nonsense that “it was her choice.” Pure crap. They obviously told her that she wasn’t speaking and “allowed” her to preempt a public announcement of the final set of speakers.

Well, we know for a fact that Sarah will continue to be active on the campaign trail. She’s not quitting the party, although it certainly seems to have quit her.

Robert_Paulson on August 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Thank God you were there to stand up for her……………
Oh wait.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Lol. Sarah decides not to speak in Miami, and Palinistas start screaming conspiracy. They’re turning into Paulbots.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Way to unite the party moron…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Paul Ryan needs to reform his liberal voting record on fiscal issues b/f i call him a reformer.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Way to unite the party moron…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

And you’re doing what? Still being butthurt over her decisions? Get over it already.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 9:18 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

hmmm speaking as an ABR ….
I support R/R as it is better then the alternative ….
I am and also have been much more ABO then ABR …
Romney;s history which has been discussed till it is dust
still gives me pause …. but I am voting for him because
the alternative is to terrible to consider …

conservative tarheel on August 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I’m not talking about Ryan. I’m talking about your desire for a balanced budget.

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I am talking about me. If I am going to spend money, I do not see how it is moral to say, well, I will live for another 40 years, so I will take out a loan, using my daughter as collateral, where all I do is pay the interest on the loan, and that interest is even paid for with additional loans every year which are also using my daughter as collateral. Even worse than that is people who use other people’s children as the collateral for those loans.

IT IS NOT MORAL. IT IS EVIL. NO ONE, NONE AT ALL IN POLITICS IS EVER INTENDING ON PAYING A DIME OF THE DEBT OFF EVER.

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Lol. Sarah decides not to speak in Miami, and Palinistas start screaming conspiracy. They’re turning into Paulbots.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Who says she decided?

the_nile on August 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/palin-not-speaking-gop/2012/08/12/id/448327

Or are you saying she was forced to not speak?

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

One of Romney’s people tried to claim that Palin’s contract with Fox prevented her from speaking at the Convention. Romney’s choice.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Isn’t Huckabee speaking?

pannw on August 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Don’t belittle rednecks. I find them to be self sufficient, reliable, and more competent than the vast majority of smelly city dwellers living in their hives.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

From your basement? I don’t think so. Rednecks are always too busy to be bothered with the internet sites.

DannoJyd on August 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

And there in two separate posts you show yourself to be either bipolar or incredibly vapid.

“One, brief, shining moment, and then that mouth!”

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I remember that one of the founders said that a Democracy was unstable, because once 50%+1 of the population learned they could vote the money from the other 50%-1, they would. Well, we have even gone well past that evil of theft and learned that we can vote the money from a future generation into our pockets and there is nothing that future generation can do about it, as they are infants and nonexistent at the time the money is confiscated and spent.

“Conservatives” who still support medicare and social security are the worst of worst in my opinion. As a conservative, they should understand this. Progressives are generally morons.

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I wonder why it wasn’t ‘Rubio.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

First term senator. He is more valuable as an R in the Senate than in the VP slot. Ryan, say what you will, is light years ahead of the competition in understanding the financial mess and the ability to articulate same.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Bmore

I have a very intesne fear of death plus i don’t want to get old b/c i’m vain about my good looks. Seems like nobody else fears death. i don’t like to think of this world without me in it.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I do not think there is anything I can add to this.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Who says she decided?

the_nile on August 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

So what if she didn’t? Really, what difference does it make? Romney is the candidate this year, and he should get a chance to run his campaign as he sees fit, with the party’s support. He stood behind McCain and Palin without equivocation in 2008. She can do the same for him now.

I’m not sure that I agree with this decision (if in fact it was Romney’s choice). But it does make sense. Palin has become a polarizing figure (largely through no fault of her own), and it doesn’t make sense to have speakers that might turn off independent that are on the fence. Yes, it may suck for Palin, and it may be a little unfair to her. However, she’s a big girl, and she knows the score.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I have a very intesne fear of death plus i don’t want to get old b/c i’m vain about my good looks. Seems like nobody else fears death. i don’t like to think of this world without me in it.

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Well Dr., bad news on that front friend Death is part of it. Aging is part of it. Denial has no place in it. The sooner you gain an understanding of that the better you will be able to accommodate the inevitable. Besides you like me will garner no place in history books anywhere. The world will move forward just as it always has without us. We won’t be missed in the least. Excepting family, that is, if we outlive them. Free advice, worth what I’m charging you, soak up all you can while you can. Get out and get some. Don’t be lazy, don’t wait for life to come to you. As the Marines say, Go out and get some!

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

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

and will make that plain in Nov ….

conservative tarheel on August 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Fom the Right scoop…

UPDATE 2: A lot of you in the comments are blaming the RNC and Romney for this. I would caution you against assuming that because we really don’t know what happened. This could have been her decision completely. It kinda sounded like it to me though it’s hard to say given the language she used. But I imagine we’ll know soon enough whose decision it really was.

http://www.therightscoop.com/sarah-palin-will-not-be-speaking-at-the-rnc-this-year/

The base is upset, and the plot thickens…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Wrong coast, idiot, it’s Tampa, well the Daily Basilisk piece was correct, it’s of a piece with what happened since Schmidt took a dive almost four years ago, and the Jones memo, provided a template
to whitewash his failure.

narciso on August 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Fom the Right scoop…

UPDATE 2: A lot of you in the comments are blaming the RNC and Romney for this. I would caution you against assuming that because we really don’t know what happened. This could have been her decision completely. It kinda sounded like it to me though it’s hard to say given the language she used. But I imagine we’ll know soon enough whose decision it really was.

http://www.therightscoop.com/sarah-palin-will-not-be-speaking-at-the-rnc-this-year/

The base is upset, and the plot thickens…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

If I had to guess, I would surmise that she was invited to speak, but was offered an inferior speaking slot, when only the diehards would see her. As a result she declined. Actively excluding her would have been foolish.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Sarah always was a spectacular thread traffic source. Its very true. True to this day as a matter of fact.
 
Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

 
It’s bizarre. I bet even the current minor headline somehow gets 250+ posts.

rogerb on August 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

So what if she didn’t? Really, what difference does it make? Romney is the candidate this year, and he should get a chance to run his campaign as he sees fit, with the party’s support. He stood behind McCain and Palin without equivocation in 2008. She can do the same for him now.

I’m not sure that I agree with this decision (if in fact it was Romney’s choice). But it does make sense. Palin has become a polarizing figure (largely through no fault of her own), and it doesn’t make sense to have speakers that might turn off independent that are on the fence. Yes, it may suck for Palin, and it may be a little unfair to her. However, she’s a big girl, and she knows the score.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I wonder why team romneys trolls keep pushing that meme with no source. Facts still mean something.

the_nile on August 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Dr. Tesla on August 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I do not think there is anything I can add to this.

Tenwheeler on August 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

…you can try!

KOOLAID2 on August 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

astonerii on August 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

You’re missing the point.

Dante on August 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

One of Romney’s people tried to claim that Palin’s contract with Fox prevented her from speaking at the Convention. Romney’s choice.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Isn’t Huckabee speaking?

pannw on August 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Team romney makes bad excuses, he should start to fire people.

the_nile on August 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I wonder why team romneys trolls keep pushing that meme with no source. Facts still mean something.

the_nile on August 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

And where are your facts that Romney dissed her or whatever it is you’re complaining about?

JPeterman on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

It’s bizarre. I bet even the current minor headline somehow gets 250+ posts.

rogerb on August 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I think it’s mainly two things , her charisma, and when they labeled her irrelevant. They really meant to say, irresistable. Maybe?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Isn’t Huckabee speaking?

pannw on August 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

It was a lie and that was made clear shortly after they trotted it out.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

By the way 578 on this thread. Maybe it’s the photo of her in the red blouse. She is after all a fairly attractive woman. ; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I wonder why team romneys trolls keep pushing that meme with no source. Facts still mean something.

the_nile on August 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I don’t understand this post. Who are you calling a troll? Me? Or is it the people accusing Romney?

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

And where are your facts that Romney dissed her or whatever it is you’re complaining about?

JPeterman on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM

And where are your facts the he didn’t….

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I don’t understand this post. Who are you calling a troll? Me? Or is it the people accusing Romney?

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I’m not calling you a troll.

the_nile on August 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

And where are your facts the he didn’t….

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Senator Reid, is that you?

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I think that it would be very instructive if Hot Air did a poll asking folka how many of them stayed home in 2008, and how many plan on sitting it out in 2012.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I’m not calling you a troll.

the_nile on August 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Thanks.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I think that it would be very instructive if Hot Air did a poll asking folka how many of them stayed home in 2008, and how many plan on sitting it out in 2012.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Not really. A lot of those who left when Palin made it clear she wasn’t running are no longer posting.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Senator Reid, is that you?

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I gusee you’re not smart enough to answer the question..:)

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Senator Reid, is that you?

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

:) dang, you beat me to it :)

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Senator Reid, is that you?

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

:) dang, you beat me to it :)

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Heh.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Not really. A lot of those who left when Palin made it clear she wasn’t running are no longer posting.

sharrukin on August 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Good point.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Lol. Sarah decides not to speak in Miami, and Palinistas start screaming conspiracy. They’re turning into Paulbots.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

What’s Mrs. Palin not speaking in Miami got to do with the convention?

Flora Duh on August 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I like Ryan. He was my pick to run for prez. I am sad to say though, him being chosen as VP will not change how obama runs his re-election. I watched Sunday morning shows with dems being asked straight, pointed questions and giving no answer.

“Why have the Democrats not produced a budget in the senate over the last 1200 days?”

“Mitt Romney needs to produce his income tax returns…”

“Why has the president not condemned the Priorities USA attack ad?”

“Paul Ryan wants to destroy Medicare…”

All morning, that is what they did. This changes nothing in the eyes of that despicable, detestable coward that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

JAGonzo on August 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

And where are your facts the he didn’t….

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Another idiotic comment from you.

JPeterman on August 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I like Ryan. He was my pick to run for prez. I am sad to say though, him being chosen as VP will not change how obama runs his re-election. I watched Sunday morning shows with dems being asked straight, pointed questions and giving no answer.

“Why have the Democrats not produced a budget in the senate over the last 1200 days?”

“Mitt Romney needs to produce his income tax returns…”

“Why has the president not condemned the Priorities USA attack ad?”

“Paul Ryan wants to destroy Medicare…”

All morning, that is what they did. This changes nothing in the eyes of that despicable, detestable coward that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

JAGonzo on August 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I think that you’re right. However, the key thing about the Ryan pick is that it means that Romney appears to be changing how he’s running his campaign. This is a change for the better, because Romney was never going to close the deal with voters solely by pointing out Obama’s failures.

ghostwriter on August 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Same-old RHINOs Jeb, Condi, McLame, Christi. In-your-face Tea Party

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Sorry folks I admire Palin as much as anyone here. I’m not getting this whole taunting thing that’s going on. What am I missing?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

a new rnc flick debuting at the convention

“rinos on comeback mountain”

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Navel gazing. The nation is careening toward insolvency and the common consideration here is of personalities. Unfortunate, but there you are.

wolfsDad on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

She won’t speak but McCain will. That’s real forward looking.

*winning*

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Fine allow me to repeat.

Sorry folks I admire Palin as much as anyone here. I’m not getting this whole taunting thing that’s going on. What am I missing?

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM

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