Woodward: Ryan at least is on the right track

posted at 10:41 am on September 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

An interesting exchange took place between Joe Scarborough and Bob Woodward this morning on Morning Joe, in which Scarborough wondered aloud why Barack Obama would insist that changes were needed to rescue Social Security and Medicare in order to save them, but then turn around and offer no solutions.  Bob Woodward simply quoted the title of his book – The Price of Politics — and told Scarborough that the White House made a purely political calculation that offering no solutions would work better for them in the election.  The only real leadership on this issue has been provided by Paul Ryan, Woodward tells Scarborough, even though he’s not a fan of Ryan’s approach:

Woodward makes one other key point.  The only solution Obama has offered is the so-called Buffett Rule, hiking taxes on the highest earners to get them to pay their “fair share,” even though that bracket already provides an outsized percentage of federal income tax revenue as it is.  Woodward likes that plan, but scoffs at the notion that it will fix the massive holes in the entitlement liabilities over the next few decades. Obama simply won’t provide any leadership in what will be a defining fiscal crisis for this nation, even when the solution gets handed to him by his own commission, called into being specifically to provide him a platform to display that kind of leadership.

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“We don’t have a solution to our debt crisis, the only thing we do know is that we don’t like yours.”

Why isn’t this running 24 hours a day in ads?

lorien1973 on September 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Even if re-elected, he’s not going to display leadership on any other issues, either.

Waggoner on September 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Donate the proceeds of your little book, Woodward, or shut up

clnurnberg on September 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Woodward was an extra in that movie.

Bishop on September 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Running on No Solutions– FORWARD!

hillsoftx on September 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The crisis for the left is that the debt isn’t big enough.

rob verdi on September 17, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Obama simply won’t provide any leadership. in what will be a defining fiscal crisis for this nation, even when the solution gets handed to him by his own commission, called into being specifically to provide him a platform to display that kind of leadership.

There, more succinct and more accurate.

HoustonRight on September 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Every day is HUMP day for the media

faraway on September 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

“We don’t have a solution to our debt crisis, the only thing we do know is that we don’t like yours.”

Why isn’t this running 24 hours a day in ads?

lorien1973 on September 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Exacly. Obama and his minions are leading from behind in every way. Spineless hacks, all of them.

Why hasn’t the Romney campaign taken the gloves off like they did in the primaries??

Common Sense Floridian on September 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Why isn’t Romney rubbing obamas nose in the price of gas everyday?

A 1st grader could run a more effective ad campaign.

rickyricardo on September 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So,Ryan has a plan to get out of the Ditch,

and Hopey,seems to wanna stay in the Ditch!!

Its a PerPlexer!!

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Woodward sounds utterly conflicted. Although he plainly sees the evidence first-hand of the utter failure of liberalism/leftism, he cannot accept it as it would shatter his false weltanschauung.

Rixon on September 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

“How dare you say I’m not a leader. I always lead the way to the next hole.”
/Golfer-in-Chief

Bitter Clinger on September 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

On a side note, Scarborough’s head is bigger than ever. However, I think it’s in his own mind.

Can’t stand it when he constantly repeats “I got phone calls all weekend long from high-ranking politicians”, “important people walk up to me all the time and ask me….” “lots of my Republican friends will tell me privately…”

Why are there never any names attached to these self-important statements?

sherry on September 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Obama simply won’t provide any leadership. in what will be a defining fiscal crisis for this nation, even when the solution gets handed to him by his own commission, called into being specifically to provide him a platform to display that kind of leadership.

There, more succinct and more accurate.

HoustonRight on September 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Yep. That’s all he’ll do because that’s all he’s got. Zilch.

Sterling Holobyte on September 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Woodward sounds utterly conflicted. Although he plainly sees the evidence first-hand of the utter failure of liberalism/leftism, he cannot accept it as it would shatter his false weltanschauung.

Rixon on September 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

You proceed on the false assumption that liberals care if their ideology works or not. They only care that they are in power. Scapegoats are easy to find; and socialists love hunting for them.

lorien1973 on September 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Romney won’t win by ducking the issues in ways better than Obama.

“Coast to Victory” is not a strategy, be bold or go home.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

If they think a bunch of angry Muslims are gonna get them if they don’t bite the bullet and solve problems, things will get done.

Right after the burqa is adopted as the official outfit for the administration.

And the reelection slogan:

Don’t offend anyone!

(Consistent with Wood’s book.)

IlikedAUH2O on September 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Every day is HUMP day for the media

faraway on September 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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bada-bing.

You’re spot on priceless.

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Meanwhile….the OccupyGoons are getting crushed!!

Oh…………..the humanity,and I wonder if(s17)
has anything to do with Stalag 17,I dunno,maybes!
(snark)
=========

The #DebtBoulder just got to Bowling Green! People crushed under debt! #ows #s17

http://twitpic.com/avnwyj

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Mika was clearly annoyed and wanted to change the subject.

Tater Salad on September 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

When was the last time Obama called Romney nice? Exactly, come on Mitt go on offense! We have so much material!

mrscullen on September 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Even if re-elected, he’s not going to display leadership on any other issues, either.

Waggoner on September 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Nope. If/when the economy collapses, he’ll just blame obstructionist Republicans or what he allegedly inherited from Bush. I think most Americans will see through that BS by then, but the problem for the rest of us who’ve known he was a charlatan all along is that it’ll be too late. “See I told you so” won’t really feel all that cathartic when the country is in fiscal ruin.

Doughboy on September 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

and Hopey,seems to wanna stay in the Ditch!!

Its a PerPlexer!!

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

he’s banking on Slurpee sales. They could rally the economy y’know…/

ted c on September 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The Price of Politics
========================

Correction:

The Price America and Israel will have to pay,
with Obama`s Politics!!!!!

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Romney won’t win by ducking the issues in ways better than Obama.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

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Would that apply to murdered American Ambassadors as well? /

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

One thing is for sure Mitt plays nice until it’s time to get nasty, ala Newt.

Tater Salad on September 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Mika was clearly annoyed and wanted to change the subject.

Tater Salad on September 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

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Mikapoo still horrified at being Eastwooded.

Gotta love the outrage.

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I thought that was a pic of David Letterman.

The Zoo Keeper on September 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

One thing is for sure Mitt plays nice until it’s time to get nasty, ala Newt.

Tater Salad on September 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

That time is rapidly approaching (if it’s not here already). I disagree with those who are buying into the spin that Romney needs to detail his plans more. Nope…he’s gotta hang this economy and the mountain of debt around Obama more.

changer1701 on September 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The #DebtBoulder just got to Bowling Green! People crushed under debt! #ows #s17

http://twitpic.com/avnwyj

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I find it tragic that people blame others for the consequences of their own actions (credit card debt, mortgage debt)kind of like JugEars blaming others for his ruinous policies.

HoustonRight on September 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

When you lose Woodward…

right2bright on September 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

he’s banking on Slurpee sales. They could rally the economy y’know…/

ted c on September 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

ted c:

D*mn good point,they`re owned by the Rich people!
(sarc):)

canopfor on September 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

That time is rapidly approaching (if it’s not here already). I disagree with those who are buying into the spin that Romney needs to detail his plans more. Nope…he’s gotta hang this economy and the mountain of debt around Obama more.

changer1701 on September 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Don’t you think he could sell himself better by stating what he will do and why it’s better than the status quo? Just saying Obama sucks doesn’t explain how Romney will be better.

Bitter Clinger on September 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I can read the headlines now; when Romney shoves the economy, debt, and foriegn policy mistakes down the throat of Obama during the debates, the MSM will declare that Romney was “direspectful” to the president.

Tater Salad on September 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Lifted this off of the “comments” section of an article written in the Wall Street Journal today….very telling?

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Tax rules and spending originate in the House of Representatives, per the Constitution.

Democrats have run the House in 53 of the last 64 years.

And of the 13 years the GOP has run the House, 6 of them were in the mid/late 90s when for a brief time they acted like the GOP instead of Democrat-lite like they did for the early to mid 2000s.

When you go after GOP Presidents, you are really blaming them for not vetoing more of the Dem created fiscal havoc spawned by Democrat Houses over the years.

Besides — as the last few years empirically shows with a Dem President and a Dem Congress….debt explodes when they hold all the levers of power in DC.

LaRepublican on September 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

<strong>Romey should be ahead by 15 points!!!!!

God help us.

PappyD61 on September 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

One thing is for sure Mitt plays nice until it’s time to get nasty, ala Newt.

Tater Salad on September 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

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Unfortunately, The media will not allow any negative talk of their Naked Emperor between. Zip, Zilch, Zero.

Newton? Not so much.

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Part of the Critical theory. Criticize everything never offer a solution. Demand specific details from your opponent yet never offer any of your own. It is the defining trait of Liberals.

Grunt on September 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

You proceed on the false assumption that liberals care if their ideology works or not. They only care that they are in power. Scapegoats are easy to find; and socialists love hunting for them.

lorien1973 on September 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Liberals are cultists, just as surely as Muslims. But every so often, a few manage to let the scales fall from their eyes and see the world as it is, not as they perceive it or wish it to be.

David Mamet and Ayaan Hirsi Ali come to mind as examples from both camps. Woodward is on the Jon Lovitz path right now. I think he knows all this is true, but he is unwilling to go full force as he does not wish excommunication from the cult.

Rixon on September 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Don’t you think he could sell himself better by stating what he will do and why it’s better than the status quo? Just saying Obama sucks doesn’t explain how Romney will be better.

Bitter Clinger on September 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Do you know what helps you understand? Read a little, yeah I know it takes effort and you are not spoon fed the info…but try it, try actually reading and you will be able to answer many of your questions.
Here is a start: Spending

He talks about this stuff all the time, at all his and Ryan’s speeches they talk about it…listen, read, and learn…sheeesh, you are falling for the “he isn’t talking about it” line from the MSM, so easily led.

right2bright on September 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Don’t you think he could sell himself better by stating what he will do and why it’s better than the status quo? Just saying Obama sucks doesn’t explain how Romney will be better.

Bitter Clinger on September 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

That’s part of it, and one of his new ads does just that. But, in order for people to make a change, you have to convince them that Obama is responsible for the state of affairs today. I don’t think they’re making that connection enough.

changer1701 on September 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Just saying Obama sucks doesn’t explain how Romney will be better.

Bitter Clinger on September 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

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And then what ? Have the fraud and hoax called Soetoro COPY THE TEAM MITT PLAYBOOK and sell it as their own. R&R are screwed at every turn.

Exhibit J: You will notice a “hard line” against Chinese trading practices coming out of the mouths of these idiots in the WH today.
Headlines will read tomorrow: Obama gets tough with China.

Whom do you think made him tougher? The narrative will be that Ocommie is tougher on China than – Romney.

You can’t make this stuff up. (But the Media can, and does)

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

“We don’t have a solution to our debt crisis, the only thing we do know is that we don’t like yours.”

Why isn’t this running 24 hours a day in ads?

lorien1973 on September 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I’m in CA so they are not going to run any ads here, but why don’t they hammer this home where they have a chance? Are we seeing another McCain default? They are treating Obama with kid gloves.

Reagan won because he spoke his mind. Get rid of your handlers, Mitt, and let it rip!

PattyJ on September 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

The MSM is Pravda.

This link redefines……Objectivity.

WTF is the frequency Kenneth?

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=150055

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Obama does not know how to lead and he’s too lazy or disinterested to learn. (I would argue, though, that he is completely devoid of the humility necessary to lead well and thus couldn’t learn to lead even if he wanted to.)

Romney does know how to lead.

Given the damage done to this country by Obama’s serious and irreversible leadership deficits, why would anyone with an ounce of intellect have to think twice about voting for Romney?

natasha333 on September 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

What makes Woodward an expert on anything? Just because he got rich from Nixon’s demise, he’s now some sort of expert on how to run a White House? Please. Is it now part of the Oath of Office to let Woodward run around, ask questions and make more money?

rhombus on September 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

UNLEASH PAUL RYAN!

SouthernGent on September 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Obama simply won’t provide any leadership in what will be a defining fiscal crisis for this nation

In other news today, it was discovered that water is WET!

GarandFan on September 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Note Woodward’s Pauline Kael Moment* here, starting at 1’22″:

“And this is where, with all the problems everyone including myself have with Paul Ryan…”

*”I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”

Drained Brain on September 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

You mean, just because your president doesn’t mean you can still vote “present”?????

bflat879 on September 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Unfortunately, The media will not allow any negative talk of their Naked Emperor between. Zip, Zilch, Zero.

Newton? Not so much.

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Heh: Does This Outfit Make My Butt Look Big?

slickwillie2001 on September 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Mika was clearly annoyed and wanted to change the subject.

Tater Salad on September 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

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And yet…… Joe Biden.

Forewarned.

FlaMurph on September 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I’m in CA so they are not going to run any ads here, but why don’t they hammer this home where they have a chance? Are we seeing another McCain default? They are treating Obama with kid gloves.

Reagan won because he spoke his mind. Get rid of your handlers, Mitt, and let it rip!

PattyJ on September 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

They have, they (Romney/Ryan) have NC basically sewn up…now to move on.
And this is where the Dem. convention was held…
And the new Rasumussen polls, shows Romney ahead by 2 points, a huge shift…

right2bright on September 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

two full generations of Journo-Lists raised to worship at the Woodward-Bernstein alter of political activism, they must be clashing gears to have their icon supporting ‘the enemy’.

rayra on September 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM

It’s very clear Ryan was one of the off the record sources for the book. And it’s also clear he charmed the pants off Woodward considering the favorable manner in which he’s portrayed..

Illinidiva on September 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Mika is a great statue, the dummy.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Obama simply won’t provide any leadership. in what will be a defining fiscal crisis for this nation, even when the solution gets handed to him by his own commission, called into being specifically to provide him a platform to display that kind of leadership.

There, more succinct and more accurate.

HoustonRight on September 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

But let’s look at the underlying reasons why. To put it simply, he is NOT a leader. Haven’t there been enough examples of this? A leader does not make excuses or blame others. A leader does not put his finger to the wind to determine what course to take. A leader does not insist that he is right just because he was chosen to be the leader. What he is, though, is a narcissist, smooth talker, and good campaigner. It seems like that is enough in our “American Idol” Kardashian society.

I fear that the electorate has become too dumb to elect a leader. I always thought that the American electorate would always correct it’s mistakes. Just look at Carter/Reagan, Bush/Kerry. I now think that the American Electorate has stars in their eyes and sawdust in their brains. We are headed for correction only in the way that Rudyard Kipling described in “The Gods of the Copybook Headings”.

NOMOBO on September 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Damn block quotes!

NOMOBO on September 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Every day is HUMP day for the media

faraway on September 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

…lol!

KOOLAID2 on September 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM