Don’t Buy the Hype — Republican Insiders are Sweating Bullets Over Ryan

August 14, 2012 at 8:08 AM 7 comments

We’re being told that Romney’s “bold” pick of Paul Ryan, a “really smart,” “really nice,” “intellectual” guy is super-cool.  Heck, according to Joe Scarborough this morning, Ryan is “adorable.”  (It’s an insult to voters everywhere to imply we should vote for someone because they’re “adorable.”)

And dang it, the spinmeisters just don’t understand why that “bold” move is polling so low.  They insinuate it must be us, we the little people, who just don’t get how totally cool Ryan is.

And then there’s this:

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GOP Pros Fret Over Paul Ryan

You’ve heard them on television and read them on POLITICO — cheerful, defiant statements from Republican political professionals about Mitt Romney’s bold masterstroke in tapping Paul Ryan as his running mate, and turning the 2012 presidential race into a serious, far-reaching debate about budgets and the nation’s future.

Don’t buy it.

Away from the cameras, and with all the usual assurances that people aren’t being quoted by name, there is an unmistakable consensus among Republican operatives in Washington: Romney has taken a risk with Ryan that has only a modest chance of going right — and a huge chance of going horribly wrong.

In more than three dozen interviews with Republican strategists and campaign operatives — old hands and rising next-generation conservatives alike — the most common reactions to Ryan ranged from gnawing apprehension to hair-on-fire anger that Romney has practically ceded the election.

They’re worried about inviting Medicare — usually death for Republicans — into the campaign. They’re worried it sidetracks the jobs issue. They’re worried he’ll expose the fact that Romney doesn’t have a budget plan. Most of all, they’re worried that Romney was on track to lose anyway — and now that feels all but certain.

Quite different than the bill of goods they’re trying to sell us, huh?
Anyway, I hope they’re right.

Entry filed under: 2012 Election, Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates".

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JC for pennies  |  August 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Doesn’t Mr. Ryan have the face of a used car salesman? Could he possibly be Richard Nixon’s long lost son, or nephew? Seems to have a sharper razor.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  August 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    He reminds me of the little boy in The Munsters.

  • 3. JC for pennies  |  August 14, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Yes, I see that. I was also thinking his ‘do’ is very Reaganesque. That’s probably deliberate. But Reagan sold brand new washing machines and light bubs before he ran for public office, not used cars. Much classier.

  • 4. Say It Ain't So Already  |  August 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Yes, much. Used car salesmen are amongst the most hated people on Earth.

  • 5. JC for pennies  |  August 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    HAH!! Look at him, though. He looks so smarmy. Even dumb voters should turned off by this guy. But then, how did he manage to win in Wisconsin?

  • 6. Say It Ain't So Already  |  August 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    I agree. I’ve heard that Janesville is in the middle of nowhere with third world-like news coverage so Ryan has basically been reelected over and over again because people haven’t been made aware of what he’s doing when he’s in Washington.

  • 7. JC for pennies  |  August 16, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    Sounds a bit like this area (Paradise-Chico-Butte County, Calif.) back about 2-3 decades ago, and this area STILL votes Republican, unlike most of the rest of the state. I guess idiological divisions predominate in nearly all states. Rural vs. urban, etc.

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