Desperado Hottie McStudMunster goes for his guns
Back in ‘08, gun and ammo wholesalers cunningly spread the meme that if elected president, dusky peacenik/wannabe murderous dictator for life Barack Obama would be comin’ fer yer guns, so BETTER STOCK UP RIGHT AWAY. As things panned out, although it provided a handy additional stimulus to the American economy, that didn’t happen.
Gamechanging alleged hottie wunderkind prospective VP Paul Ryan hasn’t exactly set anybody’s hair on fire except his and Mitt’s handlers and spinners so far. With a few days to go to the first presidential debate, and a few more to the VP one, Ryan’s currently damping down widespread expectations among the borg that he’s gonna ZING! Joe Biden into a quivering blob of hairplug-studded jelly:
GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Sunday he’s not counting on gaffes from Vice President Joe Biden when they debate on October 11.
“I don’t think he will. You know he doesn’t do that in debates. The gaffes - he’s kind of legendary for this - that’s not in these kind of situations,” Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He’s a very disciplined person when he speaks in these kinds of situations. He doesn’t produce gaffes in these moments. Those are when he’s off the cuff.”
As for his own debate preparation, Ryan said he’s not worrying about coming up with creative lines - he’s just going to be himself.
“I’m not really a line guy. I’m more of a gut guy,” Ryan said. “I believe in what I believe. I do what I do. And I really believe in the policies we’re providing, that we’re pursuing. And at the end of the day, I’m just going to go in there and be me.”
Ryan has been preparing with former Solicitor General Ted Olson, who is playing the part of Biden in mock debates.
Ryan said Biden has excellent debate skills, so his plan is not to try to rattle Biden, but to simply lay out the Romney-Ryan vision for America.
Nevertheless, during this tense run-up to the debates, if any tactic can be identified in the Rich Bastard/Granny Starver 2012 campaign at the moment, as Bette observes, it looks like they’ve decided they need to go hell for leather for the crucial outdoorsperson demographic to clinch this thing, so this last week Ryan decided it’s time to fulfil his early promise and basically steal Palin’s favorite lines:
“I might add that in small towns we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t,” she said.
Anyone who’s seen the footage of Palin in action with a firearm can see why she’d want as much firepower as she can get her hands on, as once she’s figured out which end should point away from her, she apparently needs a gatling gun or a bazooka and a couple of hours clear to ensure she can dispatch a tame, deaf caribou before she or it keels over from advanced old age.
Here’s Ryan on Tuesday addressing a rally in Carnegie, PA:
“Remember this other time, where he was caught on video saying, people like to cling to their guns and their religion?” Ryan continued. “Hey, I’m a Catholic deer hunter! I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion.”
This seems to have become a regular gag in his stump speeches. Here he is at the Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Save Our Heritage banquet in Columbus, OH yesterday:
“You see the federal government already infringing upon the First Amendment right to religious liberty,” Ryan said, referring to the federal mandate that all employers include insurance coverage for birth control.
“I see the president put these kind of regulations out there in a tough election year that could cost him votes, I wonder, I shudder as a gun owner, seeing his record when he was in the Illinois State Senate, what would he do if he never has to face the voters ever again?” Ryan said. “These are the kinds of questions we think about.
“The next president will appoint a lot of different judges and these are lifetime appointments,” he said. “If you want to make sure that judges respect our Second Amendment rights, you need a president who respects those rights as well.”
Ryan should have a word with his boss. Obama has indeed spoken in favor of a ban on some guns, specifically assault weapons in crowded Colorado movie theaters, but nobody expects anything to come of this any time soon. Back in July:
He affirmed his belief in Americans’ right to own guns, but he singled out assault rifles as better suited for the battlefield.
“I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said. “But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities.”
The specific reference to AK-47s excited some ridicule among the borg, who refused to take it as shorthand for assault weapons in general.
On the other hand, Mitt Romney, having flipped and flopped and Etch A Sketched on gun ownership rights throughout his political career, took decisive action when he was actually in a position to do something about it (prodded and backed by a cooperative Dem-controlled legislature, of course):
In 2004, as governor, he signed a permanent assault weapons ban into law in Massachusetts. The law included other elements welcomed by gun-rights supporters, but Mr. Romney defended the assault weapons provision on its own merits.
“I believe the people should have the right to bear arms, but I don’t believe that we have to have assault weapons as part of our personal arsenal,” he said on Fox News in 2004.
Nowadays, predictably, it’s a different story. But, you know, given Mitt’s track record in office, the prospect of the Dems retaining control of at least the Senate, if not regaining the House, and his tendency to change his mind ...
So let’s be fair: This obviously ties in with Mitt’s pledge that this election would be all about the economy, the economy, the economy. Those guns and bullets aren’t going to sell themselves, for Pete’s sake! STOCK UP BEFORE MITT ROMNEY BANS THEM.