As Joe Biden said “This is a Big F*****g Deal!”.
This was the best choice available and shows that Romney is serious and wise. Thank you Gov Romney, conservatives are grateful.
Terrible choice for Virginia.
Great choice for America!
Anyone who has seen my Facebook postings for the last 6 to 8 months knows that I am a huge Paul Ryan fan. I have asked anyone who will listen to listen to this man if they want to promote the salvation of America as we know it. Paul Ryan is the real deal. He is without a doubt one of the smartest men in Washington, a patriot and one of the only grownups willing to tell the truth.
Paul Ryan IS the new face of the conservative movement. I am thrilled !
BTW. BO you are the dim bulb in the room today. Actually you are the dim bulb every day.
He is cute. And he has a REAL cute family.
Pleasant to look at, that´s for sure.
Nice voice, too!
Sends a pretty clear message of where his priorities lie – the federal budget and economic issues.
Which isn’t “sexy”, of course – there’s a segment of America that would rather he named “Snooki” – but his expertise is precisely what’s needed in the Executive Branch. His willingness to tell hard truths might not make for good election politics, but I’d rather hear unpleasant truths than pretty lies.
Would love to see Ryan debate Obama on budget issues – they might’ve had to invoke the “mercy rule” …
Squid, I think the mercy rule will come into play on the VP debate for sure. They could run that tape instead of SNL every week in perpetuity, and NBC might get solvent on it.
I tended to think I’d just vote against Obama. I find I am somewhat more enthused with voting for Romney.
While I understand the “are you better off now than you were four years ago” question has force, I’d like people to ask a different one:
Are you worse off now than you were four years ago?
Answer that question in the affirmative and your choice is clear. Obama promised change, and he certainly brought it.
Unemployment soared, gas prices went from under $2 a gallon to almost $4 a gallon, we have the most secretive executive branch since Nixon, Fast and Furious has caused the deaths of US law enforcement personnel, the rights of the average citizen are being sucked away faster than under any other regime … to me the answer is clear that we are worse off than we have been at any time during my life. It is time to change the leadership of this country.
Romney picked a real fighter. Ryan is a walking encyclopedia on the national debt, budget deficits, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and fiscal sobriety. No amount of remedial study by Biden (or the MSM, for that matter) can fight back against the blizzard of facts this guy has at his fingertips and can throw out there without notes — or a teleprompter. Ryan will become Romney’s “detail man” extraordinaire.
Romney is apparently betting that there are enough adult voters that understand that we must have Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security reform and just can not sustain the status quo. (In my own humble opinion, Ryan’s plan does not go far enough, however, it is the best thing out there)
Unfortunately, I am just not sure that there are enough voters out there that will not fall for the hyperbole about throwing grandma over the cliff
I wonder what the interest is on those Social Security IOU’s for approximately $2.7 Trillion in that vault in West Virginia?
Instead, we are paying interest to China and Japan for loans. It’s absurd that we ever began borrowing from anyone.
Actually, among all the potential VP-candidate picks out there, I think Ryan will be the best at explaining the reform proposals in the clearest terms to the public at large. In fact, I am betting he will start doing so immediately and will surely do it in spades right in front of Biden’s platitudinal nose during the VP debate. You’ve got one guy who understands business, enterpeneurship, and investing and another guy who has the facts down cold on government fiscal policy and programs against two chaps who are weak on both, other than trying to use scare tactics on the “knuckleheads” — as the First Lady recently called reluctant voters.
Ryan was in my top-3 personal choices for POTUS, so I don’t think Romney could have done any better for VPOTUS. I actually felt a “thrill up my leg” when Romney misspoke at the introduction… All kidding aside, this is a great pick. I’d be happy to hear Romney start speaking of Ryan as a more active VP with a specific role on the economy. Sort of like McDonnell did with Bolling, only actually have him DO something serious, not just be a slick name gimmick.
I have to say I was disappointed the VA leadership team didn’t include Ken Cuccinelli today. I know both McD and Bolling were early backers of Romney while KC remained neutral during the primaries, but his absence from the stage today was deafening in the sense that it stinks of VA political “inside baseball”. Cuccinelli is probably the brightest star in VA politics today and a united front in supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket publicly is needed in order to make sure we deliver VA to them in the fall. Bolling needs to leave his political aspirations aside until after November and make sure Cuccinelli is invited to these kinds of events in the future.
Ok, a mea culpa coming… I was just informed that AG Cuccinelli is out of town this weekend for a long-standing family event that he could not have missed. So my apolgies for casting aspersions toward Mr. Bolling…
Well, there won’t be the coaching that was needed for Palin. I feel sorry for Plugs when he has to debate Ryan. After almost 4 years of talking out his ass while drinking the kool-aid, I don’t think Rosetta Stone could bring Biden up to speed in economics. This debate will make Ryan sound like he is running for Pres and Plugs sound like he is applying for Pelosi’s press secretary position!
Don’t underestimate Biden. He can demagogue with the best of them.
Joe Biden and his three letter words….. JOBS
This is an excellent choice. Ryan is a fiscal conservative relative to te rest of the Republican field, let alone the Democrat-Fascist crowd. The overwhelming majority of Independents do not care about culture wars. For instance, the Abortion Issue does not hold water with this crowd — in either direction. Independents do care a lot about the budget deficit and the size of the nations debt. Independents care that the government over-regulation is choking the life out of small business start ups. Independents get that YOU built that business, not the government. Budget issues will win this election.
Those who would pretend that Ryan is poor choice, are but the hacks of the left.
Seems to me that a demagogue is successful mostly when addressing the less informed without competition. However, when you are sharing the stage in front of those same people with someone who really knows the score and has the ability to call you out on the spot, demagoguing doesn’t work out so well. A reverse example in this regard was McCain’s inability to squelch Obama’s demagoguing during the 2008 debates. Another was the Palin-Biden debate, where Palin had a presence but not enough mastery of facts. I suspect strongly that you will NOT see the same thing in that single Ryan-Biden debate. Ryan appears to be the type who can hammer you into the ground with specifics and make you look in your own defensive responses like you just audited a remedial course on the subject at hand.
What you have to hope is that Romney can also do it in the Presidential debates. I think that one thing going for Romney in this vein is that Obama has for a long time avoided taking questions during press conferences — thereby not engaging in any sparring with those in the media who are not compliant pawns of the Administration. Lack of practice tends to deteriorate extemporaneous response skills and get you ambushed by a good opponent whom you cannot avoid. Also, I would guess that Obama has a real ego problem with effective verbal disagreement. The look in his eyes when Ryan read him the riot act on Obamacare at that 2009 meeting was priceless.
If Romney wants to take on Obama, he must not concur with what Obama says but, rather, make his own stances and points. The tough part is calling Obama out when he lies or half-truths. There is nothing wrong with saying “you are dead wrong” or “that’s a lie”. No guts-no glory!
“Obama has for a long time avoided taking questions during press conferences — thereby not engaging in any sparring with those in the media who are not compliant pawns of the Administration. Lack of practice tends to deteriorate extemporaneous response skills and get you ambushed by a good opponent whom you cannot avoid.”
Translation: ‘he WON’T KNOW what to do with someone who is not kissing his *ss’
Re press conferences:
Makes me long for “the good old days” when John Kennedy held them.
The great banter between the reporters and the President were quite entertaining.
How is this risky move good news for social conservatives? If R/R win it will because of focus on economic instead of social issues. (There would have been more wiggle room to pursue the social issues if the vp was McD.). If R/R lose, the war against ObamaCare is lost. obamaCare is the number one issue for social conservatives for reasons other than economics.
>How is this risky move good news for social conservatives?<
I'd say it's addition by subtraction – certainly a Justice Department, HHS, etc, that's less ideologically driven, future Supreme (and other Federal) Court nominees, and a more moderate Executive branch that would be far more centrist than the current regime would be of benefit to those who identify themselves as "social conservatives."
Anyway, given the absolutely reckless and feckless spending trajectory we're on, economic issues *must* be the dominant issue for anyone who's thinking about the long-term interests of the U.S. While there are plenty of wedge issues the President has been exploiting to energize his base, economics are precisely why the Republicans nominated Romney – if social conservatives ran things, there'd be a different name on the ticket, no doubt.
The sad thing is, as big a mess as the current President inherited – (as a former Senator, he and his colleagues share much of that blame, though they'd never admit that) – the President not only kicked the can down the road, he doubled down. The mess he'll leave the next President and Congress will be even worse than what he found when he came in, and even harder to solve.
I cringe everytime I hear him deriding of the "return to the policies that got us in this mess in the first place" – the policies that got us into this mess are feel-good social spending programs that weren't paid for, and redistributionist housing policies that encouraged everyone, and I mean, everyone, to buy a home, policies he supported and encouraged (I notice his participation in the Citibank redlining lawsuit has somehow never been mentioned on the television news), and has doubled-down on such spending and policies. Not all of our spending problems are his fault, or Democrat's fault, to be sure. He just has shown no interest, at all, in confronting those problems, more interested in paying off his base than confronting the mountain of debt we (aren't) facing (and that's without even talking about the unfunded liabilities of SSI, Medicaid, and other pension-funds that, when defaulted, will fall onto the taxpayer's shoulders.)
That said, given the American electorate's decided preference for kicking the can, too, I wouldn't be all that surprised to see him re-elected.
Ed you ignorant slut,
“How is this risky move good news for social conservatives?”
No one said it is. Ryan is about fiscal conservatism, he is a fiscal policy wonk.
That’s the point, Jacob. Why are you celebrating? Social conservatives just got kicked to the curb with a Ryan selection.
Heh, heh, Lovisa. Imagine if the media in the 1960’s had been like the ultra-partisan media now, especially with the addition of an internet where things go viral in a matter of minutes. The personal pecadillos of JFK would have been the ultimate fodder, and those press conferences would have been fewer and a tad less amicable, I would guess. But, you are right. We used to have some very interesting exchanges in the WH press conference room.
Sorry, Ed; but, when your house is in bad shape, the first task is to shore it up and restore it to solidity. Nothing else matters until that chore is completed.
Ed you ignorant slut,
Social conservatives kicked to the curb? You wish. Obama’s been evolving, remember? The thin veneer of BS that Obama is something other than a hard core leftist fiscally and socially has been stripped away. The Democrats panicked when Obama’s fund raising fell behind Romney’s. They stopped winking at Hollywood, and are now wed to the left coast.
The campaigns emphasis, as it should be, is on the fiscal mess that we have. As W so correctly pointed out, when the roof is collapsing you don’t worry about fixing the front door. The culture war’s have been in a stalemate for some time. The anti-abortion crowd is not about to stay home on account of Ryan’s prowess in budget arcana.
The social conservatives will come out in droves because the current white house denizen holds Fly over country in utter contempt. The red counties have noticed, yawned at Barak, and they will cling to God, because clinging to any political party is utter folly.
I wonder how many dead people, dogs, cats, illegal aliens, cartoon characters, etc. will vote for them?
The Usurper would not have won without them.
All of them.
Ed, I think you dismiss Ryan too quickly. Go look at the votes for which he was in the minority. Look at his record at
or if you prefer looking through the details yourself try
I am both a fiscal and moral conservative. I looked at the detail of when he was voting *against* the majority; he was doing so in situations that I approved fully. He has a NRLC rating of 100%, he does not seem to stand with those that attempt to make special privileged groups. The Christian Coalition rated him 91%. Rated “A” by the NRA.
From what I can see, he is morally conservative as well as fiscally conservative.
The news of the day was that Ryan’s wife bought her dress at Kohl’s.
Social Conservatives got kicked to the curb?
Ed is living in his alternate universe again.
“obamaCare is the number one issue for social conservatives for reasons other than economics.”
Huh? It is the front and foremost assault on the financial underpinnings of the country and future, Ed. It has, buried in it’s NUMEROUS pages, an assault on every aspect of American life as we know it. From woodburning stoves to access to your personal tax records and bank accounts.
Prepping Biden for the VP debate will surely include making sure he understands thoroughly in which state the debate is taking place. Biden seems to be geographically challenged — sort of like Tim Kaine’s believing that Virginia borders Delaware and Obama’s travel to all 57 states.
No, wait! You don’t suppose Biden blew the plan to have loyal Dems vote in Danville, Virginia, and then skip across the border to vote again in North Carolina?!!!!
Not only that, but the Dead from Danville VA will be bused in to vote in Danville NC. Same goes for the NC Danville dead but in reverse. The Zombie apocalypse is upon us.
Furthermore, it appears that Captain Kangaroo is registered to vote in all 57 states. Minnie Mouse has renewed her CA drivers license and will not be voting in OH this year. Mickey however has shacked up Roger Rabbits ex, and they will be voting in Toon Town, early and often. Joe Biden claims he will be stumping in Tune Town this Saturday, film at 11.
The Usurper said, “57 states, plus the two I haven’t visited yet, Alaska and Hawaii.”
So that’s actually 59 states that I’ve been trying to find since 2008 without success.
He’s a Harvard graduate, he can’t be wrong.
He did go to Harvard, didn’t he?
The Justice department has sued every state that has attempted to require an ID before voting. Of course, Holder and the Usurper dropped all charges against the Black Panthers for voter intimidation and more in the 2008 election. Opens the doors for worse fraud, intimidation and who knows what.
Rep. Issa has gone to court in a civil suit on behalf of the House in order to get the Oval Office to unseal those DOJ documents on Fast and Furious. Let us hope there are some judges out there who are just as interested in what is in those docs as many of us are. Something tells me there is some real hurt in there for Holder and his boys, otherwise the Oval Office wouldn’t be making such a stand on it.
You guys are arguing with Ed. That is akin to arguing with a bag of quarters.
Ed’s knowledge of Paul Ryan is in direct proprtion to Obamas knowledge of economics.
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