Skip to comments.For wary Tea Party, Ryan could make Romney easier to swallow
Posted on 08/11/2012 5:33:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
For Tea Party activists uninspired by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the choice of fiscally conservative Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate might allow them to vote in November without holding their noses.
Hours after Romney's announcement on Saturday, Tea Partiers' reactions ranged from "Wow!" to "a step up from Romney" to "this doesn't change a thing for me" - what one would expect from a notoriously fragmented coalition bound by a desire for smaller government.
Many hailed the selection of as a sign of fiscally conservative movement's growing influence on the Republican Party platform. Others said it will not eradicate the enthusiasm deficit among conservatives that has dogged the former Massachusetts governor's campaign.
"This absolutely brings excitement to the ticket," said Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, who said she her reaction was "Wow!" when she heard the news. "This gives us something to vote for rather than voting against (incumbent Democratic U.S. President Barack) Obama."
The main reason for that excitement is, as Dooley puts it, that Ryan has "bold ideas for true reform."
The blend of tax and spending cuts that the congressman and chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee has laid out in what has been called the "Ryan plan" broadly reflects the Tea Party movement's core tenets of fiscal responsibility and limited government.
Although Democrats have lambasted the "Ryan plan" as an extreme measure that would gut Medicaid and Social Security for the elderly, some fiscal conservatives deem it too timid...
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easier to swallow huh? That bitter pill is the size of a helicopter landing pad.
Give hair-helmet 0.1 microSeconds, and let the rest be Ryan 24/7.
EVEN THEN on election day I might stay home.
Ain’t that the truth.
I’m not standing in a long line on Election Day for Mittens.
Ryan voted for TARP and the auto bailouts.
I don’t see how this squares with the tea party, unless they have changed a lot recently.
I’m allergic to gruel and pumpkin soup.
To paraphrase Mary Poppins, “A spoonful Obama make the Romney go down.”.
The only thing that makes Romney viable is the alternative of Obama.
We are so screwed.
After holding our noses for almost 4 yrs of Obama....Romney looks like apple pie to me. With the addition of Ryan to the ticket, it’s now apple pie a la mode.
Well, MY quills are not standing straight out any more, or at least not as many of them. Frankly, I had been as nervous about Romney as a cat plunked down in a kennel full of dogs. Up to now, I was sure that Romney would be torn apart by the liberals because he mistakenly thought them to be somewhat sympathetic to his own philosophy, with just a few subtle differences.
They are not. They have the empathy of Tasmanian devils, or wolverines, or just maybe grizzly bears with a toothache.
Enter Paul Ryan, who is quite aware that the liberals, and most especially liberals of a party different from his own, are vicious, cunning creatures, gone entirely feral and unable to contain their reactions when confronted.
It is not as if Congressman Ryan is stepping into the big predators’ cage unprepared. He has tamed lions, tigers and bears before, and can marshall response to the most off-handed attacks, with what seems to be almost ease. His choir-boy looks conceal a sharp and powerful intellect, and he has the facts at hand to counter most arguments that may be hurled at him with logic and calm demeanor.
Ad Hominem attacks, on the other hand, probably deserve a much different response, and here is where a little Reaganesque charm comes in. I am not sure how much of this Paul Ryan possesses, but even harking back to some of Reagan’s better replies (”There you go again, Jimmy”) could be highly effective.
What’s with all this talk of staying home instead of voting against Obama? That’s nuts!
Whether you vote for a liberal like Romney over an anti-American communist is your call, but please show up for the main attraction: vote for conservatives for the US House, the US Senate, your governor (if running), and your Secretary of State (again, if running). We need honest state governments to limit liberal vote fraud, and we need a conservative Congress to control the liberal in our White House regardless of who wins.
Are you sure...the Left says that’s impossible. :-)
I like Ryan but I cannot and will not compromise my beliefs and principles to vote for Mitt. I’m not going to be a hypocrit.
If Mittens is elected and screws up bigtime he could be impeaches and we can have Ryan.
He had Teaparty already...no way would they vote for Obama.
So we will have a conservative presiding over the Senate and going to state funerals. And I doubt those conservative credentials if he is willing to be on a ticket with Mittens. Big whoop. Look who will be in the white house.
I’m not even of the “Tea Party” self-ID’d group, but I find the idea that Ryan is somehow “fiscally conservative” to be a hideous trope.
Ryan’s budget plan never gets us to a balanced budget.
It doesn’t square with the Tea Party. The Ryan pick is an in-your-face piece of triumpalism by the Republican Establishment.
It doesn’t square with the Tea Party. The Ryan pick is an in-your-face piece of triumphalism by the Republican Establishment.