Wednesday, August 15, 2012

All the Right Moves

Are you a member of the GOP’s Bedwetter Caucus, worried that the veep selection of Paul Ryan and his controversial views will hurt Mitt Romney’s chances of winning the election? Your wobbling worries should be at least somewhat eased by knowing that having Ryan on the ticket has caused many on the left to hyperventilate. If you’re making all the right people mad on the other side, you must be doing something right. This e-mail from is an example:

10 Things to know about Paul Ryan

1. His economic plan would cost America 1 million jobs in the first year.

2. He'd kill Medicare.

3. He'd pickpocket the middle class to line the pockets of the rich.

4. He's an anti-choice extremist.

5. He'd dismantle Social Security.

6. He'd eliminate Pell grants for more than 1 million low-income students.

7. He'd give $40 billion in subsidies to Big Oil.

8. He's another Koch-head politician.

9. He opposes gay rights.

10. He thinks an "I got mine, who cares if you're okay" philosophy is admirable.

The Republican “pros” (essentially hired political guns) are worried that his views are too extreme. His opponents accuse him of every imaginable offense against human decency. Sound familiar?

Mollie Hemmingway has more on an underrated strength of Ryan’s that also invokes comparisons:

Yes. It was completely unexpected. As I've mentioned, I've been following Ryan for years and have known many people who worked for him. My impression of him from this is that he is incredibly hard-working, disciplined and smart. I had absolutely no idea he was such a good politician.

His charm, his genuine ability to connect with voters while offering persuasive rhetoric about freedom and liberty? Who does that remind you of?

Fear not bedwetters. The only problem with Paul Ryan being on the Republican ticket is his position on it.