Quotes of the day

posted at 9:27 pm on August 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

The youngsters were running the show in Springfield, Va., on Friday, where 42-year-old Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan took the stage after being introduced by two 44-year-olds: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis…

“We have a very serious choice to make,” Ryan told the crowd. “And what Mitt Romney is offering is to make a decision together.”…

“I heard the president talking about Medicare,” Ryan said. “We want this debate on Medicare. We want this debate, we need this debate and we’re gonna win this debate.”…

“Remember how President Obama used to say we aren’t the blue states or the red states, we’re the United States of America?” Ryan asked. “Remember when he said to put aside childish things and have an adult conversation? We’re still waiting for that adult conversation.”

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[A]ides believe there is a way for Romney and Ryan to present a vision of fiscal discipline so starkly different than Obama’s as to provide voters a clear choice, even without all the details.

“At the end of the day,” Rhoades said, “the American people are going to have to decide: Do they want to clean up the mess right now, or do they want to wait another four years, when it’s even worse? Do they want business as usual or do they really want to tackle the big challenges for a change?”

A Romney campaign official added: “I know there are some people in Washington, D.C., that are scared to talk about Medicare. We’re not. We’ve got a million hits on Medicare. We’ll do it for as long as they want. Let’s do it. It’s policy, it’s substance, it’s the future.”

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Adding credence to the GOP’s case: Polls conducted in 28 battleground districts for the National Republican Congressional Committee, obtained by National Journal, which suggest Republicans aren’t as vulnerable on the Medicare debate as the conventional wisdom suggests. Their pollsters tested both the Republican message on Ryan’s plan (Ryan’s plan doesn’t touch anyone over 55, preserves Medicare for future generations, invokes ObamaCare), and the Democratic message against it (end Medicare as we know it through voucher system, seniors pay more out of pocket, rates will go up). When the results of all 28 polls were aggregated together, the GOP argument prevailed 46 to 36 percent…

[I]t’s worth remembering that antipathy over Obama’s health care law was as responsible for the Democrats’ historic House losses in 2010 as the weak state of the economy. It’s notable that for Romney’s campaign, the state of the economy has taken a back seat to more ideological arguments in the wake of the Ryan selection — it’s much more consistent with the messages we heard from Congressional Republicans in 2010.

The Romney gamble: Obama’s health care law is even more unpopular than his record on the economy.

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In a normal political year, the liberal Mediscare tom-toms might have scared Republicans from this issue, and Mr. Ryan probably would have remained an admired if sidelined Congressman. But Mr. Obama decided via the Affordable Care Act to remake the entire health-care system including Medicare, and thus he also changed the politics.

The destructive policy and unpopularity of ObamaCare have made Paul Ryan’s reform politically possible, meaning that voters may be open to hearing the real choice they face between command and control or private competition and more patient choice. Throw in the lousy economy and the Obama spending and debt binges, and the GOP this year has a chance to win a health-care debate if it goes on offense and contrasts its solutions to Mr. Obama’s.

That’s the real reason liberals and the press corps claim to be so upset by the Romney Medicare ad. By governing so far to the left, Mr. Obama may have neutralized Mediscare and made voters more receptive to center-right solutions. Medicare is already changing because it must. The difference this year is that Republicans have a plan to save it.

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“He encourages me. Erskine [Bowles] and I felt he was one of the sharpest guys we dealt with,” Simpson said on Fox News. “He doesn’t have to have a staff member there feeding him stuff and little memos. He can go a half an hour without a note. He knows the issues.”…

“He also said to us — I think a year and a half ago — you know, ‘If we can’t get something done in America, there’s no need for me to smash my head into the wall around here, I have things to do back in Wisconsin,’” Simpson recalled. “And now, this thing [the GOP vice presidential nomination] comes to him, I don’t think he was seeking it, but let me tell you, he becomes a spokesman of hard truth against fakery.”

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Republicans should keep this picture in mind. There’s a woman on a porch in eastern Ohio and she has a dog and likes guns and supports the NRA and sees herself as more or less conservative. She assumed she’d vote for Romney and not that big loser in the White House. But she’s hearing about Ryan and she’s hearing the word “cuts.” She knows spending is out of control and she’s worried about deficits and debt. But she’s on disability and her husband’s illness is being handled by Medicare, and she’s wondering: “Do these guys really understand my life? Do they know how it is for us?” She’s getting concerned, and not only for herself but her neighbors and friends. People are not just protective of themselves, they’re loyal to others.

Ryan is associated with the word cutting. Republicans will have to make people believe the word to associate with him is “saving,” that the Romney-Ryan ticket wants to save entitlement programs that aren’t sustainable, that will in time collapse unless we impose ruinous taxes or continue with ruinous deficits…

Republicans should do their own spot, now — one that’s comic and sweet. Grandma in the wheelchair is speeding on a downward slope toward a cliff. She looks terrified. Suddenly a young guy who looks like Clark Kent—that is, like Paul Ryan—springs forward, puts his body between the wheelchair and the edge, and stops it. She looks up at him, smiles, touches his face with her hand. He smiles, turns the chair around and begins to push her back to safety. “Romney-Ryan. Trying to get things back on firm ground.”

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At the very least, the Friday event shows that the pick of Ryan has given the GOP grassroots a shot in the arm. Every random Republican voter approached by the Examiner said a variation of the following: Romney was not their first choice, but the Ryan pick laid their lingering qualms to rest.

“He’s got it all,” said Betty-Ann Olson, a self-described Tea Party activist, of Ryan. “I am very pleased.”

“It’s a great choice: I don’t have any doubts,” said Dale Dunn, a former Newt Gingrich supporter.

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“Well, I certainly agree that it is a proposal, a serious proposal.”


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libfreeordie on August 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

But Wisconsin is now a toss up, donchaknow?

promachus on August 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Watching live stream from therightscoop.com of Paul Ryan at the Villages.

bluefox on August 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has energized the 2012 race for the White House since Mitt Romney tapped him as his pick for vice president. Bill Whittle wants to know why Ryan is the only public servant in America to propose a serious plan to save the nation from certain fiscal ruin. He is also, win or lose, the best man on the ticket this year. Hear why.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3778luxnpI0

canopfor on August 18, 2012 at 5:57 AM

Great speech by Whittle. Watched it last night on Rightscoop.

bluefox on August 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I know this may not be politically correct but the republicans should make a commerial with a black man resembling Obama wheeling granny off a cliff like the deocrats did with a Ryan look alike

gerrym51 on August 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

libfreeordie on August 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Romney up 2 in Gallup.

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Lee Greenwood singing “Proud to be an American” how perfect is that?

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I know this may not be politically correct but the republicans should make a commerial with a black man resembling Obama wheeling granny off a cliff like the deocrats did with a Ryan look alike

gerrym51 on August 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I love ya, but that’s not a particularly good idea.

An unoriginal copycat ad like that would be counterproductive. I think we can do better in the creativity department than weak, juvenile and cheap imagery like that.

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Alex Moe‏@AlexNBCNews The crowd here at The Villages seems much smaller than when Newt Gingrich visited in January for the primary #decision2012 #Ryanpickisabust

promachus on August 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You know how I know Ryan’s speech is effective? Debbie Wasserman Schultz is tweeting Obama talking points.

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Lee Greenwood singing “Proud to be an American” how perfect is that?

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Yeah I know and I let Mr. Duh have it again for not going when I found out Greenwood was there. He didn’t want to fight the crowd and traffic. Looking at the pictures and seeing all the people at his speech he was right.

Plus it has been pouring rain here all morning.

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

libfreeordie on August 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

…you and Dick Dryrot are suffering from the tertiary stage of syphilis aren’t you?
It does get progressively worse…and we are seeing the symptoms catastrophic results right before our eyes… each time you post!

KOOLAID2 on August 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

promachus on August 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

he may be the most intelligent vp choice in the history of the republican party but he’s like watching paint dry.

renalin on August 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I can relate, I’m not a fan of crowds. Rain again? I think my son has been slacking on the lawn upkeep while we’ve been gone and now the professionals we hired won’t be able to get it either. Great!

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Check the FEC website on Monday the 20th for the latest campaign committee monthly filings due on that date. They’ll be eye-openers. Obama’s spending campaign money like he runs the economy, and he’s raising far less than Romney at this point. Romney’s been stockpiling a war chest that he’ll be unable to spend until he’s nominated.

Expect to see the carpet-bombing Romney we remember from the primaries in September.

de rigueur on August 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Thanks. Bookmarked.

Good morning HotGassers. Only 10 more hours until the next QOTD!

22044 on August 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

bluegill on August 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Is it any worse than linking Romney to a woman who died of cancer?

gerrym51 on August 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The problem with making fun of gaffes is that it comes back to bite you. Everyone makes them but only people on the Right get to named Village Idiot for Life for theirs. For the most part I consider mistakes, mistakes, something we all do. I am a little less forgiving of the “chains” remark, that seem far to orchestrated to me. Although considering the Dunkin Donut/7-11 remarks, I am probably giving Mr. Biden far too much credit.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM
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He has handlers, speech writers, f*rt catchers etc etc. They research stuff. They planned to say that specific thing at this specific location, thinking they had a zinger to get Obama with.

This is not some off the cuff crap he made up on the spot. It’s sloppy preparation. And you should be annoyed he didn’t do his homework.

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I know this may not be politically correct but the republicans should make a commerial with a black man resembling Obama wheeling granny off a cliff like the deocrats did with a Ryan look alike

gerrym51 on August 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

They should make a video of granny (black or white) throwing both Obama and Biden off a cliff followed by some metal chains and then saying: “They’re outta here!”

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gracie on August 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM

It’s all mutual, nice lady.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Rywall, Obama ruined all of GM, paying off his union thugs and punishing the non-union long time workers.

May he, you, the GM honchos all suffer in Hades for it all.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

To the polls – the all mean little right now. People lie to the pollsters like they never did before, for a variety of reasons, primarily to protect their families and selves.

If you take them literally, if they are within the margin of error then Obama loses.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Rywall, Obama ruined all of GM, paying off his union thugs and punishing the non-union long time workers.

May he, you, the GM honchos all suffer in Hades for it all.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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Awww did you forget that Bush bailed out the auto industry?

Yes.

Yes you did.

So hilariously unsurprising.

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

RYAN “I didn’t know about those letters until very recently when they were brought to my attention because they went through our constituent case work system and I take full responsibility for that. The point I’m trying to make is, the stimulus was a failure”

What’s worse -

a) lying about asking for stimulus funds

b) incompetently not paying attention to what you’re signing as a member of congress

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

No, I did not. He can suffer with you too.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

The right are often similar rats to the left.

However, no matter how many flops they have, how many lies, yours Obama is the Lyingmeister of the world.

Such degeneracy there never was, and hopefully never will be in a long time.

He has made the land into a latrine.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

No, I did not. He can suffer with you too.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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December 19 2008.

Look it up.

“If we were to allow the free market to take its course now, it would almost certainly lead to disorderly bankruptcy,” Bush said at the White House, in remarks carried live by the national broadcast networks. “In the midst of a financial crisis and a recession, allowing the U.S. auto industry to collapse is not a responsible course of action. The question is how we can best give it a chance to succeed.”

Bush said that “bankruptcy now would lead to a disorderly liquidation of American auto companies.”

“My economic advisers believe that such a collapse would deal an unacceptably painful blow to hardworking Americans far beyond the auto industry. It would worsen a weak job market and exacerbate the financial crisis,” he said. “It could send our suffering economy into a deeper and longer recession.”

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

The right are often similar rats to the left.

However, no matter how many flops they have, how many lies, yours Obama is the Lyingmeister of the world.

Such degeneracy there never was, and hopefully never will be in a long time.

He has made the land into a latrine.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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So are you giving Ryan a pass on a) lying or B) being incompetent

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

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