Skip to comments.Media First ROFL Spin On a Paul Ryan Veep Pick: Too Inexperienced to Be President?
Posted on 08/11/2012 6:01:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
The Drudge Report singled out political writer Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker as having the unintentionally hilarious first spin on the reported pick of Paul Ryan to be Romney's running mate. Lizza immediately started to "tally the risks."
"For one thing, Ryan has no significant private-sector experience," he wrote. He wrote this with zero ackowledgment of Obama's private-sector experience scooping mint-chip at Baskin-Robbins. If the rest of the media follows this line, this is going to be shamelessly biased:
Besides summer jobs working at McDonalds or at his familys construction company, or waiting tables as a young Washington staffer, Ryan has none of the business-world experience Romney frequently touts as essential for governing. In the run-up to his first campaign for Congress, in 1998, that gap was enough of a concern for Ryan that he briefly became a marketing consultant at the family business, an obvious bit of résumé puffing.
But that wasn't blind, deaf, and dumb to Obama's resume enough: he also didn't have enough Washington experience:
But Ryan’s Washington experience is also light, at least for a potential President—which, after all, is the main job description of a Vice-President. Ryan has worked as a think-tank staffer and Congressman, but he’s never been in charge of a large organization, and he has little experience with foreign policy. Given how Sarah Palin was criticized for her lack of such experience, I’m surprised that Romney would pick someone whose ability to immediately step into the top job is open to question.
And the experience that Ryan does have is not exactly what voters are clamoring for at the moment. The bulk of Ryan’s House career coincided with the Presidency of George W. Bush, during which he was a reliable vote for many Bush policies that have not aged well: Medicare Part D; the Iraq War; and the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Ryan told me that voting for all of that spending, which added trillions to the deficit, made him “miserable,” but he’ll need a better explanation in his October debate with Joe Biden.
Presumably, Romney’s main reason for picking Ryan is not his early deficit-busting record but his more recent rise to celebrity as a crusading policy wonk determined to tame the federal government. Romney, who has been extremely vague about what he would do if elected, will now own Paul Ryan’s ideas, which include privatizing Social Security, turning Medicare into a voucher program, bloc-granting and drastically cutting Medicaid, and reducing discretionary spending to levels that would affect every popular government program. This Ryan agenda will now fill the vacuum created by Romney’s unwillingness to lay out the specifics of his own plan. Even before this (apparent) announcement, Democrats were planning on tying Romney to Ryan’s policy platform. Now Romney has done it for them.
Lizza could only say that Romney deserves credit for turning this into a strong ideological choice for voters -- as if Obama's extremely liberal record hasn't already done that:
Romneys choice of Ryan will undoubtedly be criticized as capitulation to the right, and this pick does seem to demonstrate that Romney is not able or willing to distance himself from the base of his party. But the good thing about the Ryan pick is that the Presidential campaign will instantly turn into a very clear choice between two distinct ideologies that genuinely reflect the core beliefs of the two parties. And in that sense, Romneys choice of Paul Ryan is good news for voters.
Good point. Ryan will focus the campaign and the MSM on 0boober's 4 years of failure on reigning in the deficit, no budget and runaway spending. Hopefully Mittens doesn't do to Ryan what McLame did to Palin anytime she got a good point in ..... Oh no my friends, you have nothing to fear from an 0bama presidency.
Hey, he forgot to mention that 0 bummer has a lot of experience playing golf and campaigning.
“This Obama ad will be running again I assume..”
Definitely. Except this time there will be a tandem chair including grandpa.
I certainly hope so.Wisconsin is looking like it has turned the corner back to sanity.
I have to disagree there. Ryan will be valuable in getting at least some of the "I'm sitting this election out because they both suck." conservative base out to vote. Even here on FR there's a lot of that sentiment. Sitting home, even voting down ticket, is a defacto vote for 4 more years. The choice is Mittens or 0boober, protest voting, teaching the GOP a lesson and 3rd parties is not an option in 2012. This so-called president is a clear and present danger to the country and frankly I doubt anyone can fix things after the Roberts sellout in June.
As Levin says, this president is not a nice man, and he's not incompetent. He knows EXACTLY what he's doing. A lifetime of Marxist training has taught him how to bring down a capitalist society.
Theyre running the same argument they used against Palin all over again.
Palin is still more qualified than all of this cycles and last cycles candidates put together.
It all hangs on the congressional elections. If we have another 2010 we have a shot.
I agree with you , leftie/libs are about 20% of the population at best, but they control the message through academia and the media. We conservatives are probably about the same, and ours is a much harder message to promote (self reliance, less government etc). The vast majority are reflected in the dumbed down shows you see on TV. They don't know and they don't care. Once in a great while a snippit of political dialog seeps through the fog. Usually it's "The republicans want to deny you access to [some government program]", or "0bama is giving FREE healthcare and the GOP is against it."
That's the fog and misinformation the average voter votes on. Frankly, it's a wonder conservatives are as large a group as we are.
Obama Campaign Starts Attacking Ryan
By Katrina Trinko
August 11, 2012 9:41 A.M.
Even before Paul Ryan has finished his speech, the Obama campaign is blasting him. Statement from Obama campaign manager Jim Messina on Ryan pick:
Well, I certainly can!
I understand your points but don’t agree that it is any good. Romney has to present Big Ideas forcefully and waste minimal time responding to the Murderer! charges. Romney does methodical very well. Methodical doesn’t get you elected. He also wastes entirely too much time refuting stuff. It makes all the scurrility the center part of the campaign and with MSM lovingly repeating and expanding on the charges they become the only thing people hear. And all his demonstrated competence and business sense just shows what he can bring to the table, efficiently administered socialism. He defends Romneycare and shows no inclination to actually change anything, just run it all better. He says he will repeal Obamacare. He has also said more than once that there are good features of it that shouldn’t be thrown out. Frankly, I don’t think it much matters who wins this election in the long run, the managerial socialist or the more revolutionary one. We are still charging straight into socialism and the end result is the same. The ultimate socialist bloodshed will be the same. The only way I can see that Romney is better is with the thought that he is “our” socialist rather than “their socialist” as it is in European elections. Dynastic wars can be bloody and fervently fought but the outcome is irrelevant to the non ruling class.
Democrats Already Fundraising Off Ryan VP Pick: Yeah THAT Paul Ryan
The media is nothing more than a big f’n joke!!!
[randita] We wanted a conservative pick. We got a solid one. (Emphasis added.)
Why don't you two guys caucus between you and decide finally whether Paul Ryan is liberal or "solid" conservative?
The whining Freepers among us ..... (Emphasis added.)
That your new term of art for Reagan conservatives? "Whining FReepers"?
Would that include everyone on this board who "whines" about Obozo and his Communist czars?
Those who vote in November will vote for four more years of socialist progress except the few who vote third party and their vote is inconsequential unless somehow it is 30% or so which is not terribly likely. The Cripps and the Bloods fought out turf wars a while ago. Did it matter, really who won those turf wars in the locales where they were fought? This election is a turf war. It is not about free markets or socialism, liberty or collectivism. Those things were decided in the Republican primaries and we opted for socialism. We are going to choose the boss for the socialist machine and think it better if he wears our colors.
his liberal leanings refers to Romney
My reference to the whining Freepers refers to those who hoist the white flag of surrender whenever the DBM starts to beat up on our candidates. They’d rather whine than fight.
It has nothing to do with Reagan.
“His liberal leanings” refers to Romney.
"Douche Bag Media"?
"Dumbass Boor Media"? Whatever it is, I assume we're talking serious Clymers here.
It’s Drive By Media, a phrase coined by Rush.
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