Dem line of attack: Ryan is a Congressional leader, and Congress is just the worst, right?

posted at 7:21 pm on August 13, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

That seems to be the general idea so far, at least. I think they know they can’t nail him on a lack of character/integrity the way they’ve been trying to with Romney, and they don’t seem to want to try (not yet, anyway) — so it looks like they’re going to aggressively insinuate that Ryan is an influential leader in that pesky, do-nothing, obstructionist, hostage-taking Congress of ours.

President Obama started a campaign tour through Iowa today, a swing state heavy with currently drought-stricken farmers. After ceding that he is a ‘good man, a family man, and an articulate spokesman for Romney’s vision,’ Obama reminded the audience that the all-important-to-Iowans farm bill is currently being held up in Congress by none other than the likes of that dastardly ‘ideological leader of the Republicans in Congress,’ Paul Ryan.

“The best way to help these states is for the folks in Congress to pass a farm bill that not only helps farmers and ranchers respond to natural disasters, but also makes some necessary reforms and gives farmers and ranchers some long-term certainty. Unfortunately right now, too many members of Congress are blocking the farm bill from becoming law. I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days. He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. We’ve got to put politics aside when it comes to doing the right thing for rural America and for Iowa.”

Vice President Joe Biden also hit the campaign trail in North Carolina today on behalf of his boss, and struck just about the same tone:

Vice President Joe Biden said Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan want to impose the ideas of congressional Republicans on the rest of the U.S., an attempt to tie the Republican rivals for the White House to an institution facing historically low approval ratings. Mr. Biden, in his first public remarks since Mr. Romney picked his running mate, called Mr. Ryan a good and decent man who has given definition to Mr. Romney’s economic ideas.

“They’re running on what the Republican Congress has been promoting for the past four years,” Mr. Biden said while campaigning in Durham, N.C. He said there was no distinction now between the Romney campaign and congressional Republicans.

Mr. Biden said while he thinks the election will be close, “I truly believe that the American people will reject Romney and Ryan for attempting to impose on the American people what the Republican Congress has been preaching.”

According to Gallup, Congress only has about a 16% national approval rating as of July, and the rating has been hovering around historical lows for months now. There are plenty of voters out there who still don’t have much of an idea who Paul Ryan is exactly, so I suppose the logic is that the sooner the Democrats can permanently associate him with the current unpopularity of our legislative branch, the better. Does it matter that Paul Ryan managed to propose a budget that was sensible, honest, and serious to said do-nothing Congress, while President Obama’s budget proposal earlier this year managed to glean approximately zero votes? Nahhh.

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One of the talk show host in New Mexico said the time difference between hearing that Ryan was the VP pick and the first Democrat negative campaign ad was 15 seconds. This one is really going to be dirty campaign. Of course, truth will be the first casualty.

savage24 on August 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

President Barack Obama told Iowa farmers Monday to pressure Republicans – including the newly minted Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan – to pass a new farm bill.

The Senate passed a version in June that cuts farm spending by $23 billion over 10 years. The House Agriculture Committee agreed on an approach that would cut $35 billion, but House Republicans were unable to round up enough support to bring it to the floor. Instead, the House passed a short-term measure aimed at drought relief, which the Senate didn’t take up. The result was a stalemate and increasing criticism in the Farm Belt.

But a key difference between the bills – and a sticking point for conservatives – is how food stamps are treated. The Senate bill cuts $4.5 billion from the program; the House bill cuts $16.5 billion.

What the hell are food stamps doing in a farm bill?

Tenwheeler on August 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Hmmmm…who is the head of the democrat party?

SouthernGent on August 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM


Sorry, had to go there…..

Tenwheeler on August 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM


Conservative4ev on August 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM

You know, I really think I’m going to enjoy watching the MSM go down almost as much as watching Obama go down… almost.

UnderstandingisPower on August 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

We’ve been watching them go down for three and a half years now.

Tenwheeler on August 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Call me crazy, but I notice that this guy tends to say a lot of stuff which isn’t true about his political opponents.

MacAoidh on August 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Hey Obama is a leader dolt.

pat on August 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

“We’ve got to put politics aside when it comes to doing the right thing for rural America and for Iowa.” -Obama

Was listening to the audio version of Jonah Goldberg’s latest book, “The Tyranny of Cliches” and he pointed out that there has never been a call by a politician to put aside politics, that was then followed by that same politician abandoning *his* principles & caving to the other side.

RationalIcthus on August 14, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Since Ryan is 1/535 of the Congress he deserves 1/535 of the national disdain for said Congress. I think his positives far outweigh that. Looks like a net win to me.

swinia sutki on August 14, 2012 at 6:39 AM

The ultimate decider of an election outcome is the IQ of the electorate. The best political investment the republican campaign can make is to offer free seminars on macro-economics 101. Yeah, too late for that this time around, but this is what they should have been doing years ago.

michaelthomas on August 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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