Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney VP Liveblog #3 - Saturday Speeches

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Romney VP Liveblog #2 - Paul Ryan!!!
Romney VP Liveblog #1 - Paul Ryan!!!

Complete Text of Ryan's Speech

Paul Ryan: Murderer of Opportunity, Political Coward, Candidate for Vice President of the United States . . . Leave it to Willard Romney, international man of principle, to get himself bullied into being bold and independent.
Make no mistake. In his decision to make Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, his running mate, Romney finally surrendered the tattered remnants of his soul not only to the extreme base of his party, but also to extremist economic policies, and to an extremist view of the country he seeks to lead.
~ Charles Pierce in Esquire


Paul Ryan is a strong conservative leader, and I am proud to have him as my running mate. He is widely respected for his leadership skills and his intellect, and for his ability to tackle serious issues. Together, we understand that a limited government and fiscal responsibility will unleash prosperity for all Americans. Donate $15 today to help restore America's greatness and build a stronger middle class.
~ From Romney Email sent out today, via Politico

"This election is about values, and today Romney doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past. Congressman Paul Ryan is best known as the author of a budget so radical The New York Times called it 'the most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times.' With Mitt Romney's support, Ryan would end Medicare as we know it and slash the investments we need to keep our economy growing -- all while cutting taxes for those at the very top. Over the next few days, Romney's campaign and its allies will tell a very different story about Paul Ryan."
~ From Obama Email sent out today, via Politico

Meet the Mittsters by Doodabides on Daily Kos

Will the whole Country now be required to wear Cheese hats?
~ comment by barnybilt on Huff Post

Paul Ryan is a Caricature artist's dream.
~ comment by cornerofthemoon on Huff Post

Who needs the women or latino votes anyway?
~ comment by joemondo on Huff Post

Stiff and Stiffer 2012.
~ comment by marion1 on Huff Post

The whole thing was absolutely hysterical! Romney's speech was as stiff as a board, and chock full of gag-me lines like "Paul doesn't curse the darkness---he would rather light candles!" Then the hysterical flub, "The next President of the United States!" Then Ryan emerges from the ship onto a special platform to heavy handed dramatic music (from Harrison Ford's "Air Force One" I hear). Ryan crosses over to the podium and the music keeps on and on as he just stands there! Ryan's speech was utterly predictable (although well delivered unlike Romney). Then they stand there together waving as Kid Rock's "I Was Born Free" plays way too loudly. They bring up their families as the music plays on and on.
It looks like something advertising people dreamed up to introduce New Coke!
~ comment by Joseph Propenski on Talking Points Memo

From Erick Erickson on Red State:
Paul Ryan works. The most recently named Human Events Conservative of the Year is a lightening rod on the left for the Ryan plan, which balances the budget over the next two decades. What was not enough for some conservatives is too much for some liberals. Paul Ryan exposes the left’s great lie. They think they can just raise taxes on those who make $250,000.00 a year or more and never have to cut spending or fix entitlements.

Paul Ryan not only exposes that lie, but he has plans to solve it. He does so as a fresh, young face who is not at all scary to old people and relates to them and to young people. He himself is in his early 40′s with small kids. He’s from a swing state, out performed John McCain in his home district, and is telegenic and articulate. Paul Ryan is what Mitt Romney needs.

The left will demonize and demagogue Paul Ryan. They’d do that to anyone....
. . . The sighs you hear are Republicans sighing some relief. Finally, the Romney campaign has a spokesman who can do what Mitt Romney has never been capable of doing — defend success and articulate a message of why we must reform our nation’s budget and support free markets.

By picking Representative Paul Ryan, Governor Romney has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security and end Medicare as we know it. Romney’s choice demonstrates that catering to the Tea Party and the far right is more important to him that standing up for the middle class.
~ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, via New York Times

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