Romney wastes no time in trying to distance himself from Granny Starver* Ryan’s budget - UPDATED



From talking points given to reporters after the announcement that Paul Ryan was Romney’s vice presidential pick:

  Does this mean Mitt Romney is adopting the Paul Ryan plan?

  • Gov. Romney applauds Paul Ryan for going in the right direction with his budget, and as president he will be putting together his own plan for cutting the deficit and putting the budget on a path to balance.

  • Romney’s administration will go through the budget line by line and ask two questions: Can we afford it? And, if not, should we borrow money from China to pay for it?

  • Mitt Romney will start with the easiest cut of all: Obamacare, a trillion-dollar entitlement we don’t want and can’t afford.

Good luck with that Willard.  Because you have already owned Ryan’s budget, time after time and have not put up anything substantial of your own.  Not to mention that the Rethuglicans are going to demand that you continue to own that budget because it makes them see more starbursts than Sarah Palin did.  Check out the RedState blog.  Nasty, suspicious conservative person, Erick Erickson does not trust you.  He is watching you, Willard, to make sure you do just as you are told.  Just picking Ryan, he tells you, is not enough.

Today, the Romney camp sent out a talking points sheet claiming that while picking Paul Ryan, Romney had his own budget plans. This is delusional and not credible spin. You pick Paul Ryan, you defend his budget. It is that simple.

Yes, Willard.  Simple.  Just do as you are told and remember that all they want you to be is a signing pen for Rethuglican granny starving, middle class reaming, poor stomping legislation.

Then the base may really love you as all the dupes at The Corner and other wingnutty sites are pretending to.  Too bad you lost the state of Florida and will massively turn off independents and moderates who thought that Medicare was, well, kind of a good thing and that maybe all the poors shouldn’t die of disease and starvation and even that middle class people should, someday, be able to get mortgages again in our vastly damaged economic system.

And they will never be able to say that you lost the election because you weren’t far enough to the right.

*Remarkably accurate Zombie Eyed Granny Starver description of Paul Ryan via Charlie Pierce.

UPDATED below the fold.

Speaking of wasting no time, Obama campaign has a reaction to the selection of the zombie eyed granny starver:


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I was on the verge of my own post—but here’s the astonishing thing about what the Mittcampaign did there—

Fine. Sometimes a candidate picks up a running mate based on the things he lacks.  Obama shored up his foreign policy cred with the Biden pick.  Kennedy needed Johnson to shore up support from the South. Paul Ryan doesn’t really give Romney anything but some sizzle and changing the topic of conversation for the weekend, while saddling him with economic policy specifics that he was still trying to be vague about.  There isn’t a demographic besides self-identified Tea Partiers this pick helps with. But he may hurt with seniors, students, and women.

Also, he’s the Beltway version of a “rock star”. I don’t know it’ll translate among regular voters who don’t pay attention to House politics—and in our current economic dialogue, this type of interaction might get even more touchy.

this type of interaction might get even more touchy.

From what I’m reading Wisconsin allows you to run for two offices at the same time if one of them is prez or VP.  So, and assuming he’ll run for the House again and I am, WI voters could have the pleasure of voting against the Granny Starver twice!

So, and assuming he’ll run for the House again and I am, WI voters could have the pleasure of voting against the Granny Starver twice!

Booman naughtily suggests:

In case you were wondering, Paul Ryan can and will run for reelection to the House while simultaneously seeking the vice-presidency. But if you want to tell your Republican friends that they can only vote for him once, that might be funny.

As an aside, the RW echo chamber doesn’t seem particularly coordinated at the moment (my bold).

Robert Stacy McCain gloats:

The Hashtag That Changed History
Everybody I talked to last Friday night at the Americans for Prosperity Summit — Aug. 3, at the terrace bar of the Washington Hilton — said it was going to be Tim Pawlenty.

That inspired a sort of panic: “Good Lord, not T-Paw!” When I heard that Marco Rubio had been eliminated due to “vetting” issues, I started an all-out push for Paul Ryan. One of the first people I spoke to was Suhail Khan of Americans for Tax Reform who told me, “Ryan vets. The worst thing they could come up with was that he worked as a bartender at Tortilla Coast when he first came to D.C.”

That clinched it. Driving home from the AFP Summit Saturday afternoon, I called Ali Akbar, who quickly minted the #GiveUsRyan hashtag, and I pulled off the highway to stop at a Burger King and write that “emergency” post, which was linked by Jackie Wellfonder, Daley Gator, Roderic Deane and Troglopundit, among others.
Your Tweets — and you know who you are — definitely made a difference. As I explained Thursday, Romney’s people pay attention to their online metrics. Every Tweet to @MittRomney with #GiveUsRyan was a signal that Ryan was the grassroots consensus.
You may never get full credit, but as Ronald Reagan said, “You can accomplish much, if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

When your kids and grandkids ask someday, “How did Paul Ryan become vice president?” you can say, “I picked him!”

Meanwhile, Dan Riehl gloats, quoting ABC News:

Media Pwned By Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Pick and Tricks

Mitt Romney decided on Paul Ryan on Aug. 1, the day after returning from his trip overseas to the Olympics in London and to Israel and Poland. The candidate and his campaign kept the secret for nine days, according to campaign sources. Romney and Ryan met secretly on August 5th, after the decision had been made and just before Romney submitted to round-the-clock coverage by reporters who had been traveling with him.

Hey, McCain. You didn’t build that. But it’s the thought that counts.

And….a vote for Paul Ryan is a vote for Mitt Romney paying no federal income tax.

So Rmoney kept a secret.  Wow that’s really a changeup.

*Remarkably accurate Zombie Eyed Granny Starver description of Paul Ryan via Charlie Pierce.

Zombie Eyed Granny Starver, eh?  Sounds like something from one of those lurid “Men’s Life” magazines from the fifties… “Granny Starvers Starved My Granny”.

Comment by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 08/12/12 at 02:33 AM

After reading blogs all morning yesterday after the announcement, I tuned in to national news (I don’t watch national news anymore) to see how Paul Ryan would be presented.

You’d think he was the Second Coming. They breathlessly announced that Ryan was a fresh-faced family man, young but dedicated to his work in politics. He radiates “fiscal responsibility” and he will be a connection for young voters and disengaged Republicans alike. The news people have already lined up their “Who is Paul Ryan?” news special reports.

I thought I was going to puke.

Freerepublic’s Jim Robinson will not support Romney:

“Ryan is a good man, but does not redeem the abortionist/homosexualist statist Romney

. . .

I flatly refused to rein in a so-called anti-Mormon “bigot” on FR. Well, if being in opposition to false prophets and false prophecy makes a Christian believer a bigot, then I guess I’m a bigot.”


Comment by Bob Stanley on 08/12/12 at 08:29 AM

For the record, it was my bleary eyed checking of facebook at our cabin, and immediately running into the living room that alerted Mar of Ryan as
VP pick.
That being said, I was rooting for Rafalca, purely because of my excessive animal loving, as long time readers know, and that is literally the only reason I’m posting right now, since it is competely impossible for a 22 year old like me to fathom a world where Mittens defeats Bammers :)
See you guys at Roastacon ‘13!!

kcindenver, I pray you are right, and that the rest of the 22 year olds in this country vote in this election.  Because truly, you and your cohort are the ones who will be the most seriously impacted by the bifurcated visions presented in this election.  Choose wisely…

Don’t worry SoaS.  Mumsie will be making sure that kc and her siblings vote and vote the “right” way. ;-)

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