Open thread: Hey America, it’s Paul Ryan Update: Video added

posted at 9:51 pm on August 29, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The most anticipated speaker on deck at the GOP convention tonight is almost certainly Paul Ryan, as his speech will mark his official acceptance of the nomination for Mitt Romney’s running mate and afford him the opportunity to America that he can be a more competent vice president than President Obama’s current counterpart. Lookin’ pretty good so far, according to the released excerpts:

“I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready. Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words.  After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney. …

“Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over.  That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare. …

“We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years. …

“My Dad used to say to me: ‘Son.  You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.’  The present administration has made its choices.  And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems. And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time.  But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this. …

“The right that makes all the difference now is the right to choose our own leaders.  You are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near.  So here is our pledge. We will not duck the tough issues – we will lead.  We will not spend four years blaming others – we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles. The work ahead will be hard.  These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this.  Together, we can do this.”

Nice. I’ll update with a reaction and video ASAP!

Update: Paul Ryan’s speech, in two words? Nailed it. Everything that I like (and surmise that others will like as he becomes more and more familiar to them) about Paul Ryan was on perfect display during his half hour-ish on stage. He was intelligent without being intimidating; he was stern and serious but still optimistic and even funny; and he hinted at his wonkiness without getting into jargon and maintained his approachability. But the most beautiful thing about Paul Ryan as the potential vice president of the United States is his uncanny knack for breaking through populist myths and shrill leftist attacks and instead communicating the merits of free-market economics and small government, all without being shrill or polarizing. Contrary to liberal messaging, wealth creation isn’t about people being people being helpless cogs in the wheel of corporate usury and cruel fate — it’s about people being empowered and free to take up the mantle of personal responsibility and ingenuity, and Paul Ryan can relate that truth highly effectively.

He simply and effortlessly walked us through President Obama’s long list of failures and history of blaming everyone but himself, and illustrated why a Mitt Romney presidency isn’t just an preferable but rather a desirable alternative — while scattering a few fun personal tidbits into the mix, as well as addressing their religious and generation differences with a message of unity. I thought that talking about his mother’s struggles, coupled with the simple declaration that a Romney/Ryan administration would not eliminate but strengthen Medicare, was the perfect death blow to Democrats’ recent attacks on that score: “We had help from Medicare, and it was there, just like it’s there for my Mom today.  Medicare is a promise, and we will honor it.  A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare, for my Mom’s generation, for my generation, and for my kids and yours.” Bam. Doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.

I’m struggling to find something to criticize about the whole thing, but then again, I am not a progressive. I’m sure their unfailing creativity won’t disappoint us in finding reasons that the whole monologue was just an elitist pack of lies, eh?

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Oh yeah bazil

Lol Canopfor

Jim go to newsbusters….it was implied

cmsinaz on August 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Ryan did very well last night, but not as well for Romney as Palin did for McCain in 2008. Palin blew the doors off. However, Ryan’s strength is that he’s more acceptable to the Establishment than Palin was, and more schooled in the ways of D.C..

Ryan reframed the GOP as the Defenders of Medicare. This was a strategic coup of the First Order. Daddy Warbucks will double-down on this tonight if he has half a brain, which he better. Ryan gave Romney a huge opening.

Now as a Palin man, I’ll be the first to tell you that the Romney/Bush axis will bury Ryan and his Budget as “unworkable” if they get elected. You’ll see more John Sununu/Dick Darman/Andrews Air Force Base crap from this crowd.

When the Romney Tax Increases occur and Romney falls back on Simpson/Bowles to cover his a$$, don’t say we Palin people didn’t warn you. Because Romney is a RINO, he’ll fall for the same sucker play Bush did at Andrews in 1991. I guarantee this! Romney will want good press, and Sununu is right there to drive the Romney Administration right off the rails. The Democrats can’t lick their chops fast enough. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

A year from now, all the Romney apologists will have to be defending themselves from the “Free Paul Ryan!” people who are wondering what happened to that nice young 42 year-old reformer who is off at the funeral for the Nigerian President-for-Life. The primary objection of we Palin people to Romney has always been our recognition that Romney is the Second Coming of Bush, and Bush is Occupying Romney’s Body.

But that’s for after Romney wins, if he’s smart enough to drive home his strategic advantage as Republican Defender of the New Deal and the Great Society. Which, by the way, is how he’s going to run.

“Save Social Security from these Radical Democrats! Save Medicare! Save Medicaid!” And Romney will win on Salvation Bushism, too, because people are scared and they want to know that they’ll get their checks. That’s how much of an overreach Obamacare was. Democrats don’t get the cesspool of steaming sh*t that they are standing in because of Obama.

The RINOTARD campaign writes itself as Reformist Ryan rides off into the Nigerian sunset.

Aren’t you all happy that you voted for this guy in the primaries?

“ABO!”

What is happening strategically is that Obama and the Left Wing Democrats are paying for their arrogance in 2009 and 2010. They could have had some of what they wanted in Health Care Reform, but they wanted the Radiant Path To Socialism! But Obama was the collegiate dorm room leftist that Palin and others warned us about. And he tried to turn the United States into Belgium.

So they over-reached and decided to kill Medicare, and thought that nobody would notice, because they thought Obamacare would be wildly popular by now.

Ooops. It does suck to be them.

Mitt Romney, five decades after his father was humiliated by a media “gotcha” moment after his return from a Vietnam junket, will probably be the next President of the United States. What a lucky duck.

victor82 on August 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

victor82 on August 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

What a long-winded way of saying that you are a sore loser with no grasp of reality. And, BTW, I don’t recall Palin running for office this year.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I think we’re gonna see some serious talk about the budget if Romney wins and the Senate goes majority GOP again. The Treasury already got downgraded once, and that had a slight inflationary ripple effect. Prices are gonna go up, either because of debt rating downgrades or printing more fiat currency. If Congress doesn’t get its house in order in the next four years, I predict things are going to get much worse for America economy-wise before they’ll be forced to confront it by furious constituents on both sides.

TMOverbeck on August 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Just admit you’re voting for Obama, “TrueCon”.

wargamer6 on August 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

A vote for Romney is a vote for Obama.

Dante on August 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Dear Rontard, I am so sick of this spewing you give. Why don’t you just say it? WHO are you voting for, if not Romney? Are you just going to stay home that night? Grow up, dude.

HomeoftheBrave on August 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Do you think that the clowns on MSNBC will point out all the lies that Obama will tell, touting his successes in his acceptance speech?

Decoski on August 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Don’t blame Palin for Victor82′s rant on Mitt. He’s probably closer to the truth then we want to admit at this point. We all want to see Oblunder pack up and leave for anywhere else besides 1600 Penn Av. I don’t like the Bushes hanging around, either, especially Jeb! and I voted for him every time in Fla. (can’t vote for a D you see). Mitt will have his work cut out for him if he wins. The progs have made much progress these last 4 years. We’ll know when Mitt repeals Ocare instead of watching the parade, he means what he says .

Kissmygrits on August 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Don’t blame Palin for Victor82′s rant on Mitt.

Kissmygrits on August 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Only Palin hating nutballs would do that.

Normal people will victor82 as the bitter petulant loser that he is.

Or, an 0bama plant. Its tough to tell one of those from the other.

cozmo on August 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

victor82 on August 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Elegantly expressed wisdom, victor82. I always get a lot out of your analysis.

Not that I disagree with your main points, but there is some hope that Mitt won’t be as poor a president as was W in the fact that he apparently likes Paul Ryan and has been conferring with him regularly for months. Perhaps, then, he chose Ryan not for politically expedient reasons but because he finds he has much in common with Ryan’s wonkish fiscal prudence. Just as W chose Cheney for veep and leaned on Cheney for the support the hawkish Cheney gave to W’s instinctive neocon morality (from his father: “This will not stand!”), I sense from Mitt that he may use Ryan to give moral and intellectual support to his own frugal tendencies.

(This is a strange way to run a presidency, to use the veep as supporting partner, but it may be a trend.)

Of course, Mitt can never be a Sarah Palin or Rand Paul, and he is a moderate, but there are hints from his background that he might be something more than just a windbag full of feckless promises. He does, everyone can agree, know how to fix things and run a budget so that it’s not in the red.

As for Sununu, I like his policies about as much as you do, but you have to admit that he’s been effective up to this point in taking on a biased media. Improbably, he’s provided a source of solace in a summer that has been mainly discouraging.

If Mitt capitalizes on Obama’s overreach in Medicare as you and I hope he’ll do, and he actually does wind up winning the election, I’m not expecting any kind of conservative revolution in our country. I do think it will be helpful to all of us, though, not to have the country on the verge of dictatorship as it has been and would continue to be under Obama. And as Sarah Palin recently said, “Give him [Mitt] a chance, because we already know what Obama will do.”

Burke on August 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM

joana on August 30, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Very nicely done!

Kudos.

Solaratov on August 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM

What a long-winded way of saying that you are a sore loser with no grasp of reality. And, BTW, I don’t recall Palin running for office this year.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Dude, you are delusional if you think that the Establishment is interested in serious reform. If we are lucky, Romney will stop the bleeding, which may be his main mission. He will see it as his job to Protect the New Deal and the Great Society, and the Bushies he hires will talk him into the notion that Bush’s Big Gummint Conservatism wasn’t so bad after all.

The notion that we’ll get serious tax reform is laughable. The RINO never loses his horn. I’m laughing my a$$ off watching you Rombots defend the notion of Daddy Warbucks as some sort of Great Reformer.

When the “Free Paul Ryan” screeds start up over at RedState, I want you to come over here and post that same crap. In the end, this has nothing to do with Palin or whether she ran or not. This has to do with the Establishment rushing towards the feed trough.

victor82 on August 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM

What a long-winded way of saying that you are a sore loser with no grasp of reality. And, BTW, I don’t recall Palin running for office this year.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Funny, every last Romney supporter is a sore winner. Bunch of SEIU thugs you are. But that is to be expected when your standard bearer is progressive. That is just how you roll as a progressive. I call it the Obamification of the Republican party. Romney is the beachhead for the take over of the Republican party by progressives. Remember the take over of the schools, the media, Hollywood.

This is why it was not allowed to debate any aspect of Romney’s past actions and words. Progressives do not debate, they shut debate down. Enjoy your new deal loving party. It will be short lived. This country will not tolerate for long Progressive x and Progressive y as their only choices. Obama may have scared them enough to let Romney in, but they will toss him and many other Republicans out of office when his half measures fail to turn anything around.

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

If Mitt capitalizes on Obama’s overreach in Medicare as you and I hope he’ll do, and he actually does wind up winning the election, I’m not expecting any kind of conservative revolution in our country. I do think it will be helpful to all of us, though, not to have the country on the verge of dictatorship as it has been and would continue to be under Obama. And as Sarah Palin recently said, “Give him [Mitt] a chance, because we already know what Obama will do.”

Burke on August 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Listen, I could be completely wrong and Mitt could morph into some kind of Inner Paultard Federalista wearing a Hayek t-shirt under his Arrow whites, but I don’t think I am. Too many Bushies shot through his campaign.

I know he told a bunch of people in Florida that he wanted to close down departments and move them out to the states, but remember, Reagan, Reagan mind you, failed to close down the DoEd! The notion that an Administration of RINOtard trough-feeders is going to go all Madisonian and 10th Amendment Paultard on us is a risible joke.

If Romney stops the bleeding, that may be enough to keep the bond vigilantes from killing the dollar. It’s enough for now that Romney has given Helicopter Ben his walking papers. That is an improvement right there! I’ll give Daddy Warbucks that. He understands currency stability and the need for a strong dollar.

That,if anything, was a start.

victor82 on August 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

This is why it was not allowed to debate any aspect of Romney’s past actions and words. Progressives do not debate, they shut debate down. Enjoy your new deal loving party. It will be short lived. This country will not tolerate for long Progressive x and Progressive y as their only choices. Obama may have scared them enough to let Romney in, but they will toss him and many other Republicans out of office when his half measures fail to turn anything around.

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

But of course. The last thing the Rombots actually cared about was principle. They gave up on Reaganism and actual movement conservatism a long time ago. Anyone who looks at the way Romney was actually embarrassed by Reagan back in the Eighties is now a heretic.

Like the Obamii, the Rombots are all about Power and the Feed Trough. Period. They don’t give a damn about conservatism. They never did.

We saw them shut the conservatives down in Tampa. Sort of gives you a clue as to how they intend to govern.

victor82 on August 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

victor82 on August 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The biggest problem I see for America’s Future and My infants life isthe fact that Paul Ryan has told Americans, and because they are lazy and greedy, they bought it, hook line and sinker, that they can keep borrowing for two full Generations to come and that is a conservative platform.

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

It’s enough for now that Romney has given Helicopter Ben his walking papers. That is an improvement right there! I’ll give Daddy Warbucks that. He understands currency stability and the need for a strong dollar.

That,if anything, was a start.

victor82 on August 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

You better believe that’s a start. I seriously doubt we’d get that much from W. Or 41. Or McMaverick. Or Herb, Teddy, Ike, Dick, or Jerry, to reach back a little, since as you and I both know, they are/were all liberal progressives.

And yes, stop the bleeding, as you say. Please. And let’s return to the rule of law while we’re at it. I think that’s pretty important, too. As Sowell pointed out in a recent column, we’re missing the main point about Obama if we worry about his liberal policies. It’s the manner in which he’s corruptly instituting his policies by fiat that’s a far greater danger to our country.

As for Reagan’s failure to eliminate Dept. of Education, I don’t fault him there. He was a shrewd politician who knew when to fight battles and when to walk away. He wasted very little of his political capital and used it where it could be best applied. (I think Sarah Palin has the same gifts, incidentally.)

Burke on August 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I disagree with Rep. Ryan on the ‘safety net’: every attempt to save it, trim it back and otherwise make it smaller has not lasted and has gotten nowhere. Stopping the growth of them, putting choice in the hands of individuals, and ending the impoverishment of those who need care but have just a bit too much in the way of resources to ‘qualify for it’ all need to be addressed to just stop the bleeding out of the economy once the Boomers hit this system for real. Making these things optional, allowing people to walk away from it and care for themselves, devolving these problems down to the State and local level and getting the federal government out of it, entirely, are long-term goals. The ‘safety net’ isn’t a ‘promise’, it is a set of laws on taxing and spending, nothing more and nothing less. Letting the government do these things means that We the People are INCAPABLE or UNWILLING to do them ON OUR OWN. And that is a lie and a lowering of standards.

With that said the entire size, scope and power of the US federal government is a threat to our economy, our lives and our liberty and cutting that back on all sides, beginning the process of curtailing power is NOT going to happen under an Obama Administration. Reformers, faced with a huge problem, will try to work at the edges, fearing to start cutting at the base of the problem because its reach is so complex. If the promise would be simply to roll back all that Obama has signed into place, that would be a start… if the spending would just go back to 2008 levels. Yet the concentration of power under Bush in the form of DHS, DNI, TSA and other horrors started in the name of safety must also go, as well, as they are, one and all, failures at securing liberty. These, too, must go and Rep. Ryan addressed that the problems we face today do have roots going back not just one Administration, but across many.

The laws that allowed the housing crisis to happen are still in place, unchanged. They must be addressed.

Fannie, Freddie, Ginnnie, HUD and the agencies that took part in part with the housing crisis, like Agriculture making ‘farm loans’ for family homes, those must go as well.

Student loan debt dwarfs the housing crisis, and you cannot walk away from federally subsidized student loans via any means, even bankruptcy. How to deal with that is a problem as the bubble of education ballooned such debt to far greater than what one can pay off in a decade. Perhaps the federal government needs to get out of this area, entirely, as well.

Medicare and Medicaid, the M&Ms, are not solvent, and just plain don’t work well and don’t put the power of decision in the hands of those using such programs. Put the graph of the increase in medical care up against a timeline of instituting the M&Ms and you can source out that problem to the federal government, as well.

Demographics are not only killing Social Security as a concept, but advances in medicine are promising an extended, healthier, meaningful life that will make the mere 20 year increase over the 20th century in average life expectancy look tame in comparison. Ageing treated as a disease addressable by new technologies and treatments may make the idea of ‘retirement’ obsolete… yet we still have the promise of it… something must give there and we must stop telling ourselves that the government owes anyone ‘help’ in a retirement.

Agricultural subsidies, payments and subsidies to all businesses and industries change what the true cost of something is to consumers so we don’t know what the actual value is of anything we purchase any more. When something precious is devalued, we no longer put high concern on it, and when something common is over-valued, we get bubbles in the economy… this, too, must end.

Putting Obama out of office is a necessary precondition to SURVIVAL.

Romney/Ryan as reformers may staunch the worst of the bleeding and, if they take just one or two bold steps towards getting the federal government out of the land business and energy business in the form of holding and regulation, we may see a boom unlike any other seen before in America… but it will be built on a house of cards of debt and programs that just don’t make any sense, thus ensuring bad management and yet another crash in the future worse than this one. Getting that first blood clotting agent (and just how many lives has that little invention saved?) with bandages to keep things from getting worse, that is a good start. Major surgery to remove the damage and suture up the gaping wound in the Nation via our federal government… if these two can’t show that they understand this, then they will have a one-term proposition as well as the bad old days of forgetting about tomorrow’s problems and waiting until tomorrow will not be lost on us.

There is much good that Romney and Ryan can do in four years. Stopping the source of the problem from getting worse, is a great start… but just a start. I can vote for someone I don’t thoroughly agree with and then criticize them thereafter: I am of no party and have done this very thing before and will do so again. I do not doubt that these are good men and they are just that, good men. Not perfect, not saintly, no halo, but still good men just the same. Holding them to a better standard, as each of us sees it, is our duty to ourselves, our families and our Nation as a people.

I warn against compromising your standards for the imperfect now, for we cannot become a more perfect Union without higher standards and expectations of ourselves and our fellow man. We’ve had decades of doing the opposite, and the results are clear. Thus good men who will take earnest and heartfelt criticism fairly are better than those who name-call and cast aspersions upon you as well as epithets that are uncalled for. And in four years I’ll continue to hold the standards up and measure those who wish to lead by them… and still look for good men and women able to take criticism fairly. I do not seek perfection in candidates, and if a few necessary victories can be won now, to allow for more later, then that is better than choosing defeat permanently. And maybe, just maybe, we can find a few candidates who actually understand what ‘stop the spending’ means and do it.

ajacksonian on August 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Burke on August 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Stopping the bleeding would be getting the deficit down to 3% of the total budget or less. Anything more than that is continued bleeding. They might stop stabbing the nation repeatedly, but I give very little credibility to even that much. Perhaps they will slow the frequent stabs down a small amount. But the bleeding is not going down, just maybe up slightly slower.

But in the mean time, while they work around the edges, the Republican brand name is going to be gutted from the inside and left on the side of the road dead.

I do not see the slight slowdown in the stabbing of America as worth the price of the only opposition party the Democrats have.

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

ajacksonian on August 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Hear, hear.

de rigueur on August 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Don’t Believe the Hype about Paul Ryan Dante

Dante on August 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on August 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Come on Dante, you can’t really believe that?

The differences between the two are stark for heaven’s sake!

Yes politic’s suck, but there are contrasts to these tickets, think about it…

ccrosby on August 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM

What differences? They are both big government lovers. Romeny is not going to reduce spending, the debt, or the deficit. He’s not going to end our military interventionism.

What are these stark differences?

Dante on August 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

What are these stark differences?

Dante on August 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Romney is far supperior at getting suckers to bankroll his deficit spending, and then really great at faking numbers in order to sell for the quick turnaround buck. We are way better off with Romney on 1600 Penn… At least in the short haul. But if you care about long haul… we do not have a hope or a prayer this go round.

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

You’ve gone full on unhinged moonbat.

bless your heart.

tom daschle concerned on August 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

But in the mean time, while they work around the edges, the Republican brand name is going to be gutted from the inside and left on the side of the road dead.

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I certainly understand where you’re coming from, astonerii. That happened in spades under W. He did a whole lot to wreck the Republican brand name. Worse, he opened the door to our nation’s total ruin. Thanks to his weakness and foolishness, he did as much to destroy our country as moderate Republican Hoover did in the late twenties when he opened the door for FDR.

If you look at the presidents of the twentieth century, they are almost all liberal-progressives except for Reagan and Coolidge.

Under moderate Ike, though, our country was stabilized for a while, a conservative culture grew, and things got a little better. Something similar has been happening recently in Canada in the last six years since moderate Harper was elected, namely, their country has been growing increasingly conservative. So baby steps aren’t always a bad thing.

I think that thanks to New Media, we as a country are in a different situation than we were in 2000 when Bush was elected. At that time, we thought “conservative” meant we had a choice between George Bush or someone like Bob Dole. We are more aware these days of the issues, and True Conservatives like myself have our supporting social and information networks established to the point that we’re able to walk and chew gum at the same time. That means that the majority of us can listen to Sarah Palin and Thomas Sowell and agree with them that Obama needs to go as a first priority (yes, even if it means electing Mitt!) while still holding firm to our general conservative principles which we won’t compromise.

Burke on August 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM

You’ve gone full on unhinged moonbat.

bless your heart.

tom daschle concerned on August 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Liberal progressive George W Bush, lets go back further…

Reagan built a brand name for the Republican party… He was a damn solid conservative. Then George Herbert Walker Bush threw it all away with his progressive liberal bent. That gave us Clinton…

Then George W Bush, the progressive threw the little credibility the Republican party had away with his No Child Left behind, prescription benefit, his hard push for increased home ownership, particularly for minorities. Republicans got tossed out in droves in 2006 due to that. Then he 2008 crisis where he bailed out corporations all progressive like. I think we got creamed shortly after that…

Only due to over reach by Obama did Republicans get a second look, and by the look of their actions or actually lack of actions, a large chunk of that goodwill of the voters is dissipating fast.

Sorry charlie, but history and facts are in my favor… Enjoy destrying your own house. I have moved on and am going to be involved in building a better one.

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Burke on August 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Therein lies the difference between Canada becoming more conservative and America. Romney is by far more progressive than Bush was. We are still moving in the wrong direction. It is not a baby step to the right, it is leap to the left.

Romney’s biggest conservative accomplishment that I can note is picking Ryan as VP, but Ryan moved the nation to the left fiscally… Now it is supposedly conservative to put off for two full generations the bills you are piling up today for the benefit of this generation… at the expense of future generations.

Not the right direction, and that is just the starting point for negotiations… after that we jump to the 50yard line and give up more and more from there.

astonerii on August 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Hey America, it’s Paul Ryan for POTUS!

We can finally relax. /s

DannoJyd on August 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The great thing about Romney and his message is …

HMPH!

DannoJyd on August 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Dear Rontard, I am so sick of this spewing you give. Why don’t you just say it? WHO are you voting for, if not Romney? Are you just going to stay home that night? Grow up, dude.

HomeoftheBrave on August 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

You say “Rontard” and then have the audacity to tell someone else to grow up?

Dante on August 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I have no patience for the Republican party-bots telling these front-line soldiers to shut up in the name of unity — and to hide “in-fighting” because the Left will publicize it. It should be publicized. Conservative activists and Tea Party members have worked their asses off within the system, doing the groundwork of righting the wayward GOP ship from the inside. These are the door-knockers, sign-makers, phone-bankers, and message-spreaders who fueled the Tea Party revolution and who enabled the 2010 GOP midterm victories. They fought for and earned their place at the table.
I also have no patience for the sideline-sitters who gripe that rules fights are booooooring and meaningless. The Tea Party conservative activists are doing what an effective movement is supposed to be: They’ve moved on from protests and rallies to the nuts and bolts of party politics. These battles matter, because exercising grass-roots muscles makes them stronger.

Finally, I have no patience for the addled critics who think we are unable to multi-task. Yes, you can criticize bad GOP maneuvers AND maintain the fight against Obama and the progressives at the same time! It’s easy if you try.

Source.

DannoJyd on August 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

DannoJyd on August 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

And people defend the Republican Party. Silly fools.

Dante on August 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Dante thinks that his Utopia will come about through “education”. Told me so on a previous thread when I asked how the transformation he wants will happen without mass chaos. Literally, that was his one word answer. In other words, he has no clue.

Mitsouko on August 30, 2012 at 4:41 PM

And people defend the Republican Party. Silly fools.

Dante on August 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

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NOT ME . . . . . . . . . but Mitt beats Barack (anyone would, with the bar that low).

If Ron Paul would have won the nomination, I’d vote for him.

He didn’t, so here’s hoping he gets appointed to (and accepts) Treasury Secretary.

listens2glenn on August 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

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