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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I like Bowie..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

What’s your fav?

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 2:11 AM

I like Bowie..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Maybe we should change gears for Stevie.

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:12 AM

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Just to give you an update..:)

PS..Check out the views!..O_O..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Tech tip. I can always tell when the software guys are tweaking the site on this iPad thingy.

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Thank you. I always wanted to say that to you, but the time never seemed right, and I didn’t wish to press you. I appreciated it then, and I still do.

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM

I like Bowie..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Maybe we should change gears for Stevie?

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Just to give you an update..:)

PS..Check out the views!..O_O..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Crap! First tune of the night that won’t load on the iPad. I will have to check it at 6 when I get up. ; )

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:12 AM

I like her voice, but I’m not hanging around at her house! Too much flying porcelain!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:16 AM

“Look who’s going negative!”

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Lol! Never did see JPeterman.

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 2:17 AM

What they say:

“Paul Ryan wants to end Medicare as we know it.”

What Paul Ryan should say:

“Yes. Medicare as we know it is unsustainable and will be bankrupt in about eight years and, thus, nonexistent. Yer damn right we need to end Medicare as we know it.

Tuning Spork on August 18, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Modern Love

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:21 AM

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:16 AM

I hear you!..Did you like this band??..:)

PS..Adele has a beautiful voice!..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Well six isn’t far off from now. Coffee!

Good Night All.

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 2:25 AM

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Very nice..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

May all their careers leave with 0 . The entire lot of them. Fluffers!

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 1:42 AM

.
You are being too kind to them for my money.

Fluffers provide a service in support of a product people can choose to avoid. You may disagree with their morals, function and life choices but you can opt out.

The White House Press Corps is comprised almost exclusively of the same sort of people who enabled/covered up for Jerry Sandusky for years.

They KNOW what is going on, how corrupt things truly are and ONLY speak up when their EGOS are bruised.

PolAgnostic on August 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

I hear you!..Did you like this band??..:)

PS..Adele has a beautiful voice!..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:22 AM

How bout this Dire?

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Well six isn’t far off from now. Coffee!

Good Night All.

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Night B, be well

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:22 AM

I like the tune, but that guy sure is active! He should learn to pace himself!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Steveangell on August 18, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Unless I’m wrong, you support Gary Johnson, correct… how do you square that with Christianity.

Sorry all, yes I’m feeding, but when posters do quite follow what was meant, I do find it entertaining.

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:07 AM

No he is also a Marxist though he would never admit it and may not really even know it. But what he pushes is “Forward”.

If Ryan were at the top of the ticket I would vote for it. In fact Mitt is the only candidate that ran that had any chance for the Republican Nomination that I would not vote for. He is a Democrat Liberal Moderate Progressive. He is the biggest liar I have ever seen in the Republican Party. To lie in the debate that he only got help from two agencies for the Olympics proves he is still a Democrat. Democrats tell lies that blatant all the time. Republicans do not do that.

It is plausible he could have had a change of heart and become an actual Republican. But the Olympic lie was easily provably false. He was on tape bragging about getting all kinds of help plus it is in the congressional record. He used 9/11 to get even more money. Just a really stupid lie.

Steveangell on August 18, 2012 at 2:30 AM

I give up.

Alana on August 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Oh, sure! Put up a great tune and run off! Goodnight, B. Sleep well! :)

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Steveangell on August 18, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Well, I guess you are just screwed then. Suck it up and live with it.

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Crimson… Moonchild

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Oh, sure! Put up a great tune and run off! Goodnight, B. Sleep well! :)

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

How about this? Will this help?

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:37 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

YES! Oddly enough, that DOES help! Thanks!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:39 AM

But by the same token these Rock bands were part of the Marxist plan to turn America into a Marxist Country. It is no quiescence that drinking and whoring is at very high levels in Russia. That Hitler started free sex in his Youth camps. This is just part of Marxism
He actually met with the North Vietnamese to interpret for his dad in Paris then helped his dad run on a campaign that said America did the brainwashing and North Vietnam was the garden of eden or something wonderful.

Steveangell on August 18, 2012 at 2:02 AM

OK! This guy is not worth responding to anymore.

Vince on August 18, 2012 at 2:41 AM

REBEL YELL

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:42 AM

REBEL YELL

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Yes, and again this could be for Steve.

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:43 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Made me laugh! Still.. I like the tune, too!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:44 AM

REBEL YELL

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:42 AM

How about we go into the way back machine?

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM

FLESH FOR FANTASY

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:29 AM

I’m very good with that!..There is a connection!..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:46 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Wow! You weren’t kidding! He looks about 14! LOL!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:46 AM

FLESH FOR FANTASY …

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Cradle

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Well, I guess you are just screwed then. Suck it up and live with it.

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Indeed we are in fact screwed.

We have no chance in 2012 of stopping this very fast decent into Communism. We are quickly falling off a financial cliff Europe will fail shortly. We are also seeing the Muslim Brotherhood gain control of so many countries that it should expected they will soon use their new Military Strength to make big moves. We are likely seeing Israel attack Iran and then all hell will break lose.

This is why I do not understand anyone thinking that if Mitt won that things would get better for us. This will all break lose within the next four years. Whoever is in charge will not be able to handle it as America does not have the resources to do so. Thus that President will be a miserable failure. If a Republican the Press still has enough influence to really damage the Republican Party as a whole.

In four years it could with Gods help be a much better situation for the Republicans to take control and actually fix things. But Mitt has a warped view of these problems. He does not see Islam or Marxism as a problem in the world. He seems to think that God will just bless America to get over our problems or something. I have no idea how anyone can actually believe Mitt can fix what ails America and survive to 2016 to win election then. Or even leave office with the Republicans in charge of either chamber.

Steveangell on August 18, 2012 at 2:49 AM

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Excellent!..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:49 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Video is a classic..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:50 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Very nice, indeed.

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Video is a classic..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Or maybe this?

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Trouble With The Sweet Stuff ….

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:55 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Great tune, but every time I hear it I think of him dumping his bike in LA!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Trouble With The Sweet Stuff ….

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:55 AM

maybe some 16?

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Great tune, but every time I hear it I think of him dumping his bike in LA!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Trouble in LA

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:58 AM

He looks about as young as these guys!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Very nice and underrated!..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 3:01 AM

He looks about as young as these guys! …

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Ah yes! how about this?

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 3:03 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 2:58 AM

I’m tip toeing on the farside here..But what if we live??..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 3:04 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Excellent tune..

Hey! It just started raining! Its a thunderstorm!

We can really use some rain. I hope it keeps up and we get some serious rain.

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:06 AM

I’m tip toeing on the farside here..But what if we live??..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Not that far, because everybody have fun tonight :)

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 3:04 AM

I’m all for living! You are sort of tippie-toeing there, though! LOL!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:09 AM

OOPS!

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:11 AM

OOPS! …

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Now that’s funny, but shifting gears again and another song for Steve

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 3:15 AM

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Stones! Well… then we have to do THIS just because its my favorite Stones tune.

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Stones! Well… then we have to do THIS just because its my favorite Stones tune.

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Keeping with the moonlight theme.

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 3:22 AM

I enjoyed it very much!..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 3:23 AM

As The Years Go Passing By

I must bid you all a fond goodnight. Its been a real pleasure,as always. Sleep well. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:24 AM

As The Years Go Passing By

I must bid you all a fond goodnight. Its been a real pleasure,as always. Sleep well. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on August 18, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Sleep well Jackie.

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 3:27 AM

I enjoyed it very much!..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2012 at 3:23 AM

All right Dire, I’m off also, this time for sure lol!

uncommon sense on August 18, 2012 at 3:28 AM

Interesting,now Obama wants “Shovel Ready” jobs…..
…a little too late,and,interesting timing,just as the election is ongoing!:)

And,”Playing Politics”,…..sounds like a great ad for Romney/Ryan….
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August 17, 2012, 12:19 p.m. ET

White House Frees Up Funds for State Infrastructure Projects
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WASHINGTON—The White House on Friday said it is making $470 million available to states

to help jump-start transportation projects, part of a pitch the administration
hopes will create jobs for construction workers hurt by the economic downturn.

The money comes from what the White House is calling idle earmarks,
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or funds previously allocated to projects that have been stalled. “We are freeing up these funds so states can get down to the business of moving transportation projects forward and

putting our friends and neighbors back to work,
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“Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

The White House says states can use their unspent earmarks—some of which are nearly 10 years old—on any eligible highway, transit, passenger-rail or port project. States will have until Oct. 1 to identify how they will spend the funds and start committing the money by Dec. 31 or risk losing it.

President Barack Obama and others have bemoaned the nation’s infrastructure. Mr. Obama has proposed boosting spending on infrastructure projects, but his efforts have been rebuffed by Republicans concerned about the nation’s deficit.

Using unspent earmarks allows Mr. Obama to bypass Congress
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and fits in with his broader attempts to use presidential powers on everything from housing to education to try to boost the economy

without congressional approval.
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“My administration will continue to do everything we can to put Americans back to work,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

“We’re not going to let politics
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stand between construction workers and good jobs repairing our roads and bridges.”
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444375104577595260813833258.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

canopfor on August 18, 2012 at 5:38 AM

Another Whittle MasterPiece!!!

Afterburner with Bill Whittle: A Great Way to Win and Lose
Published on Aug 16, 2012 by Pajamasmedia

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

Argh, coffee.

Bmore on August 18, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Good morning kids!

Hey RC, we are trying to figure out who will introduce Paul Ryan at Convention.

Bmore on August 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Is Nancy Reagan too frail?
If she is, maybe his mom?

herm2416 on August 18, 2012 at 6:41 AM

good morning everyone:

been a rough week. no bump from the ryan pick and medicare now the number one topic. forget about obamas poor jobs record, its going to be mediscare through november.

on the good side, preseason football is underway. so we have that at least.

renalin on August 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

renalin on August 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Indeed. This must be the smallest bump the world has ever seen.

promachus on August 18, 2012 at 7:17 AM

renalin on August 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Indeed. This must be the smallest bump the world has ever seen.

promachus on August 18, 2012 at 7:17 AM

A couple of things..it is early to tell yet…and another thing, maybe the most important thing, Obama is not getting a big bump either. It seems that talking about medicare is certainly not hurting Republicans the way it has in the past.

And I get tired of the whole idea that if you talk about medicare, then the economy is off the table..why? They are not mutually exclusive. It is very possible to talk about both of those things. Especially when one considers that a poor economy means greater deficits.

And according to Gallup Obama is way behind on the economy.

Terrye on August 18, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Romney and ‘dem need to address this: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are crucifying Christians, using our money.

kingsjester on August 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Ann Romney may be a good person to introduce Paul Ryan. Instead of talking politics,(there are enough of those already) she can talk about Ryan at a personal level about him and his family whom she got to know and likes. She can also points to her concerns about future of her own children and grandchildren, and what kind of America we want to leave the future generations, and ties that in to Ryan’s vision to help restore a hopeful and secure future.

bayview on August 18, 2012 at 7:49 AM

on the good side, preseason football is underway. so we have that at least.

renalin on August 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Yes, go back to your basement to watch TV, and don’t come out until after the Super Bowl.

bayview on August 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM

been a rough week. no bump from the ryan pick

Preparation H on August 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Really? According to Polling Report, in the 7 days since Romney picked Ryan as his running mate, only one, and exactly one, formal “poll” has come out asking folks about that choice, and that came out the day after Romney made the pick.

That would be the USA Today/Gallup from August 12.

http://pollingreport.com/wh12.htm

In that result, 17% said Ryan would make them more likely to vote for Romney, while only 12% said it would make them less likely to vote for Romney. The rest said it didn’t matter.

But one “poll” does not an election make, and only one formal “poll” about the Ryan choice in the one week since it was made shows you’re desperately grasping at straws here.

O’bama thanks you for your vote! I’m sure you won’t regret it.

B+ for the early Saturday A.M. Propaganda Effort. I’m sure Axelrod is paying you 5 cents an hour extra for getting up so early.

Del Dolemonte on August 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM

How come Hotair forgot this awesome quote from Ryan that blames Obama for not saving a GM plant that closed under Bush?

“I remember President Obama visiting it when he was first running, saying he’ll keep that plant open. One more broken promise.”

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Del Dolemonte on August 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM

whoa, whoa, whoa. slow down there tiger. just keeping it real. the romney supporters are measuring the drapes. some of us are preparing for a more realistic outcome.

renalin on August 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Why are you so concerned about Ryan? He’s not a Canadian politician.

However, we do soooo thank you for your concern, Dave./

kingsjester on August 18, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM

oh dear, guess I’ll vote for the homosexual communist incumbent.

tom daschle concerned on August 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Why are you so concerned about Ryan? He’s not a Canadian politician.

However, we do soooo thank you for your concern, Dave./

kingsjester on August 18, 2012 at 8:02 AM
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Great, well thanks for telling us your position on commenting – we can all sleep better knowing that you will never open you hole and speak about events that transpire outside your borders.

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Republicans point to a special House election in Nevada last year as an example where the GOP candidate was able to neutralize and even win on the Medicare issue.

Rob Stutzman, a California-based GOP consultant who did GOP candidate Mark Amodei’s ads, said the campaign’s strategy was to go after its Democratic opponent on the issue at every opportunity.

“If you go on a strong offense you don’t have to play as heavy a defense on this issue,” he said. “I think that the direction of the Romney campaign … is exactly the right [one]: to take this fight to the Democrats.”

Stutzman said the Romney campaign is following much of the same playbook this year.

“It caught the Democrats a little off-guard that the fight’s being taken to them on an issue that they thought they’d just play defense on,” Stutzman said. “I just think this thing is really smart on a lot of levels that are not being appreciated: bringing up the issue now because it’s going to be brought up anyway, litigate it and win it now or at least fight it to a draw — which I’m absolutely convinced they can do — and that returns the October debate to jobs and the economy and now you’re back to a referendum on the incumbent.”

Amodei’s most successful ad was one where his elderly mother had a cameo and in which he also went on offense against his opponent, Democrat Kate Marshall, for supporting the Medicare cuts in the Obama health care plan. It introduced a human element to the Medicare debate while making Democrats look like the bad guys.

“While Kate Marshall and her friends have already supported cuts to Medicare, you should know that I will work to support and improve the program,” Amodei says in the ad.

“You’d better, Mark, I’m counting on you,” his mom says to him. “Okay, mom, I’ll do my best,” he replies.

That same humanizing effect is what Ryan will try to evoke today, when he campaigns with his mother in The Villages.

“Paul Ryan has to humanize it, because right now [Democrats] want to make him out to be the devil,” said Florida-based GOP consultant Rick Wilson. “But you know what? Paul Ryan is going to The Villages with his mom. It humanizes him — and turns him into not some Darth Vader policy guy who throws grandma off a cliff, but a thoughtful, serious person who has a thoughtful, serious plan.” Source

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Great find Canopfor anything to make him look good

cmsinaz on August 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM

About the debates.

The commission ruled out picking one of the top three network news anchors, knowing how the other two might react. Mr. Lehrer had sworn he would never moderate a presidential debate again, perhaps in part because of the criticism he received in 2000 that he was not aggressive enough, prompting him to scoff, “If somebody wants to be entertained, they ought to go to the circus.”

When commission members asked if he would change his mind, he initially answered with a Shermanesque statement: “If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve.”

But he was eventually persuaded, he said, by a new debate format: six distinct 15-minute segments, with candidates getting two minutes to respond to questions, with the remaining time left for a deeper exploration of a topic.

“He sniffed around when they got the new format and became interested again,” said one television official who, like the others involved in the process, would not speak for the record because the discussions were private. “There is always lobbying that goes on, but people were surprised that this is who they ended up with.”

Fox News, which is the only independent television network that has not been selected to have one of its anchors host a debate, made an aggressive push this year. The commission sent signals that the network was in strong contention, people familiar with the process said, but that changed in the last month. The Obama campaign raised questions about the network because of its conservative leanings. The Romney campaign objected to MSNBC because of its liberal bent and threatened to boycott if one of its anchors was selected. Source

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Good find as well Flora

cmsinaz on August 18, 2012 at 8:41 AM

cmsinaz on August 18, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Good morning and thank you.

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

“INTERCEPTED!”

Choom! Choom!

Romney-Ryan 2012 take control of the debate; Democrats were not prepared for this play.

http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/08/the-gop-counterargument-on-med.php

mountainaires on August 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Dave Rywall on August 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Plants close all the time. A Ford plant in Norfolk, VA that built F-150′s (always in high demand) was closed. Probably because it wasn’t cost effective due to age and/or location. If you want to complain, how about all the dealerships that were arbitrarily closed by The Won for no rhyme or reason. Many were the top sellers in their areas. Now all those sales folks, mechanics and administrative folks are out of work.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Let’s get a few things straight about the presidential race between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It’s not a dead heat anymore.

Everyone knew this was going to be a close race, but as of this week, Mr. Romney moved slightly ahead of President Obama. Not by much, maybe a couple of points, but he clearly has begun to move into the lead.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/aug/16/romney-polls-overtake-obama/

mountainaires on August 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I liked the part about Ms.s Woodruff and Ifill being p.o.’d. I could not summon a quarter of an ounce of sympathy.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

“They’ll turn us all into beggars ‘cause they’re easier to please.” So goes a Rainmakers song. Beggars also are easier to control. Just ask the drug dealer. It is not compassion that motivates him to give away the first hits of heroin for free; it is the promise of control.

President Obama wants to give you free stuff. Lots and lots of free stuff. At least, he’d like you to believe it’s free. Free health care. Free welfare checks. Free food stamps. But as the saying goes, free stuff or freedom: Choose one.

Read more: WOLF: Barack Obama: The welfare king – Washington Times

mountainaires on August 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Drywall’s concern with posting that quote wasn’t with the people who lost their jobs, it was to point out that Ryan had attributed a plant closing to the boy king that actually happened under the Bush administration.

Yeah, he’s trying to ridicule Ryan for making a “gaffe.” Ironic isn’t it? lol

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

The Democrats have been conducting campaigns the same way since 1932 and, at least on the Congressional side, have won more than their share. On the Presidential side, they’ve won enough so their playbook hasn’t changed all that much (the Republicans are stupid and are going to kill grandma). Now, they can’t claim the Republicans are stupid, and the Republicans aren’t afraid to debate who’s going to be responsible for killing grandma.

I can see David Axelrod in a panic. If this election comes down to the fact that Barack Obama had 4 years to fix problems and, either his solutions were all wrong, or they just didn’t work, he loses. He wants to discuss how Republicans want to hang black people in the public square and other sorts of lies do distract people from reality.

Paul Ryan may change the political landscape in a couple of ways. First, make the election about issues and give people a choice, what a novel idea. Secondly, respond quickly to the attempts to remove issues from the campaign. I believe the Romney campaign has done a good job of that, pointing out that everything that’s a distraction from the issues is what Obama wants because he’s a loser on the issues.

bflat879 on August 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

mountainaires on August 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

You know what I enjoy the most about reading Milton Wolf’s articles?

Knowing that they are written by the boy king’s cousin. :-)

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 8:58 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

That same humanizing effect is what Ryan will try to evoke today, when he campaigns with his mother in The Villages.

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

like i told you the other day. this was the place he should have jump started his campaign. not on a military ship.

renalin on August 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

renalin on August 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I’m sure it had more to do with logistics than anything else. Besides, VA is a “swing” state and I know they appreciated the attention.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

@Chris_Moody: There’s a plane flying around Ryan’s FL rally this am with banner: “Paul Ryan keep your hands off our Medicare.”

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

At least we know what the networks will be covering.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

That same humanizing effect is what Ryan will try to evoke today, when he campaigns with his mother in The Villages.

Flora Duh on August 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

That should be good. Sorry I have to be away from TV/computer all day…

OmahaConservative on August 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM

For people without television you can watch the Ryan rally live here:

http://t.co/aUPmd5Wd

Starts at 10:00

Bad news though, there’s rain heading that way.

http://t.co/VKTfWsGi

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

In a normal political year, the liberal Mediscare tom-toms might have scared Republicans from this issue

That is precisely the problem. They’ve been afraid to confront and attack the destructive left, lest they risk offending the leftist media and lose their cushy jobs.

Sarah and the tea party scared them into action-not Obama. They knew who he was and what he intended to do to this nation,

We’ll see if they have a conversion and understand that really are the only ones in position to save this nation- and we have high hopes they’ll change.

Don L on August 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

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

Thanks for the link…

OmahaConservative on August 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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.”

They should first redo the Dems granny ad with granny coming out of the room with the death panels. Though I’m on medicare, I’m more concerned with retracting Obamacare -it is our freedom that is in that anti-American monster and any Obama inept freedom hating appointee has the power to take it away.

John Roberts and I see the constitution differently. It wasn’t written about taxes, but about freedom and putting constraints upon the natural impulses of all governments to control their citizenry.

Don L on August 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Del Dolemonte on August 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Obama 46%

Romney 44%

3rd party 4%

Undecided 6%

One week ago on the day Ryan was unveiled, Romney led Obama by 2 points. In the last 3 days Romney has lost 6 points to Obama.

Some bump there? By the way, we re not talking about special Ryan as veep polls. We’re talking general ROmney polls. Nice bait n switch.

promachus on August 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Obama now up 2 in Rasmussen…..

libfreeordie on August 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

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