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Paul Ryan’s advantage:*
optimism, a reassuring manner, a confident presence
& an ability to his express himself in a sober and serious manner

I have collected a great variety of links to and selected quotations from a number of blog posts and opinion pieces (as well as taken a number of notes) to I posted I’ve been planning in which I would (as I detailed yesterday) contest the “‘conventional wisdom’ . . . that Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate all but dooms the GOP ticket to certain defeat this fall.

All that collection and selection, however, may not really have been necessary.  Earlier today, I found that Michael Gerson had effectively said what I had intended to say in his op-ed on Monday:

The Republican ticket will go large, arguing that budgetary indiscipline creates uncertainty that undermines current growth, while eventually leading to fiscal crisis and economic catastrophe. This is a more complex argument than “economy, bad.” It is also more likely to yield a governing mandate, which seems to be Romney’s admirable, unexpected goal.

In the fight Romney has picked, Ryan is an advantage. He is the best policy thinker and best communicator among the rising generation of conservative reformers. He combines a sober realism about a teetering, unsustainable entitlement system with a bubbly, Jack Kemp-like belief in the promise of unleashed enterprise. (We both worked for Kemp at the same time in the 1990s.) Unlike a recent Republican vice presidential nominee, you can’t put him on the spot. He is informed, levelheaded and persuasive. And he is already Barack Obama’s most persistent, effective economic critic.

Emphasis added.  Unlike the previous Republican vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan is adept at dealing with the national media and well-versed in the details of federal policy.  He doesn’t need a crash course in the issues of the current campaign.

He comes across well on television — and, I’m told, in person.  He knows how the national media and won’t be caught unprepared by an unfair question from a biased reporter.  He’ll know how to deflect such queries, able to challenge the liberal premise of a journalist’s question.

Moreover, the American people are well aware of the nation’s debt problem; they know we have to do something and are prepared to listen to solutions.  Perhaps, the narrative that his plan would gut Medicare and cut other popular programs might resonate were Ryan a less effective spokesman.  He doesn’t come across as a radical or an extremist.

In the end, his likability as well his ability to express himself in a sober and moderate manner (not to mention his good looks) will serve him well on the campaign trail.  And that ability coupled with his optimism, his reassuring manner and even a confident presence will help make him a credible spokesman for conservative reforms.

In the end, the way he carries himself on the campaign trail will determine whether his selection amounts to an advantage or disadvantage to the Romney campaign.  And based on his record, it seems likely that selection will redound to the benefit of the GOP.

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*Please note that I changed the title and expanded the post since I first published it about 21 minutes ago.  Initially, it ended right before the “jump” (at “issues of the current campaign”), but as I read it through, it didn’t seem complete, so I built upon I point Gerson had already expressed (@ 7:15 GayPatriot blog time).

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16 Comments

  1. No comment on the borderline psychotic homosexual/bisexual and the shooting at the FRC? Wonder why?

    Comment by rjligier — August 15, 2012 @ 11:24 pm - August 15, 2012

  2. rjligier, there wil be a comment on that matter. Just check the blog in the morning.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — August 15, 2012 @ 11:31 pm - August 15, 2012

  3. Ryan’s plan eviscerates the economy and the Republican Party knows it. It wouldn’t be so bad to see them win the election, just to show all you gullible conservatives how insincere and political Ryan has been with his budget. Though, knowing you, you’d probably just rationalize it somehow anyway. You know, just like how George Bush never lied about WMDs.

    Dan, you’re slobbering over this guy way too much. How many years have you been sitting here telling people like me that we were too over the moon for Obama before he ever did anything? Ryan’s done nothing but tell you everything you want to hear. Do you really have to be so effusive with the praise? The last Republican President talked a big game about cutting spending and shrinking the government, how did that turn out? How many times do you have to be burned before you realize you’re being manipulated?

    Comment by Levi — August 16, 2012 @ 1:36 am - August 16, 2012

  4. Levi, you write that “last Republican President talked a big game about cutting spending and shrinking the government”. He did? Could you please point to where he promised to do that?

    Thanks!

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — August 16, 2012 @ 1:39 am - August 16, 2012

  5. Levi,

    I notice how you ran away from here when it was pointed out that no less than Erksine Bowles endorced the Ryan plan (which got more votes in the House than the Obama Budget.) To quote: “And, the budget that he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit by $4 trillion”

    So again you’re caught in the big lie. No surprise to regulars here. Must be those magic rocks you worship are in your head.

    And 23 days since you made your blanket lie about the founding fathers embracing gun control. Care to put up quotes?

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 16, 2012 @ 7:48 am - August 16, 2012

  6. You know, just like how George Bush never lied about WMDs.

    This is the fundamental claim upon which the creation myth arises in the Church of Liberal Objectivity. We can always count on Pope Levi to come forth and stake this fundamental claim, which, try as he might, he can not even begin to prove. It is his own negative doctrine of faith that gives him the smoke and incense of presumed legitimacy.

    But, be that as it may, he uses the claim as the bedrock theology from which he proclaims:

    Ryan’s done nothing

    So, I say to Pope Levi of the Church of Liberal Objectivity: “Your Hopelessness, have you got anything to stand on other than your head?”

    Comment by heliotrope — August 16, 2012 @ 10:14 am - August 16, 2012

  7. Facts aren’t Levi’s friend.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 16, 2012 @ 11:03 am - August 16, 2012

  8. This is the fundamental claim upon which the creation myth arises in the Church of Liberal Objectivity. We can always count on Pope Levi to come forth and stake this fundamental claim, which, try as he might, he can not even begin to prove. It is his own negative doctrine of faith that gives him the smoke and incense of presumed legitimacy.

    I guess I could understand why you’d defend the neocons when they were still running the country and were the head of your party, but why now? Why double and triple and quadruple down on this nonsense about Bush having never lied about WMD? If you take 1,000 bits of intel that say there weren’t weapons and 2 pieces of intel that are inconclusive, and go around talking about atomic bombs on TV and pointing to weapons labs on maps and waving vials of fake anthrax in front of the UN, you are lying. There weren’t weapons, there wasn’t even a hint of a weapons program, and the war benefited Bush politically. There’s your motive, there’s your method, what’s hard to understand? How is it controversial to call it what it is?

    Comment by Levi — August 16, 2012 @ 12:18 pm - August 16, 2012

  9. You know, Levi’s comment #3 would be more appropriate if directed towards a leftist and some of the names were changed. The fact is, Paul Ryan is basically the only politician in Washington who seems to have some sort of idea of the magnitude of the future fiscal crisis and has a specific plan to address it, even if that plan isn’t ideal.

    And Paul Ryan has done a lot. He’s written budgets and passed them in the house, debated Obama and others on a number of things such as Obamacare and the Democrats’ lack of a plan to address the imminent insolvency of entitlements, and has shown general resolve in trying to fix various problems. That is greater accomplishment than most politicians in Washington can claim.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — August 16, 2012 @ 12:46 pm - August 16, 2012

  10. Apparently Levi’s afraid of hyperlinks, and keeps repeating the lie there were no WMD, no matter how many times they were found.

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Britain will help the Iraqi government dispose of what’s left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, still stored in two bunkers in north of Baghdad, the British embassy in Baghdad announced Monday.

    The British Defense Ministry will start training Iraqi technical and medical workers this year, an embassy statement said. The teams will work to safely destroy remnants of munitions and chemical warfare agents left over from Saddam’s regime. He was overthrown in 2003 following an American-led invasion.

    Oh wait, I forgot, he doesn’t care he’s lying. He admits there were WMD, he doesn’t care the facts get in the way of his lies.

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 16, 2012 @ 12:52 pm - August 16, 2012

  11. Lie: (noun) 1. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

    Sorry, Levi, but all your neo-con babble and convoluted talking points mumble-jumble do not address the PROOF of your never ending conspiracy theory that George Bush, Dick Cheney, the Neo-cons, Haliburton, Chick-fil-A, and FOX News deliberately and intentionally, with malice aforethought conned everyone with a deliberate intent to deceive (lie) and did so intentionally and deliberately and with malice aforethought in a deliberate and intentional intent and so forth.

    You sir, are a putz. You base your entire fervor on the lie that the lie has been exposed and proven.

    From there, you proceed onto other articles of fantastic myth in your liberal religion of Objectivity which, ironically, is based on nothing objective.

    So, everyone here knows full well that when Levi decrees, it is based on nothing more than reading the miasma emanating from the cauldron of moronic talking points and hallucinations of Levi driven self-acualization and too much sugar intake.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 16, 2012 @ 1:07 pm - August 16, 2012

  12. Sorry, Levi, but all your neo-con babble and convoluted talking points mumble-jumble do not address the PROOF of your never ending conspiracy theory that George Bush, Dick Cheney, the Neo-cons, Haliburton, Chick-fil-A, and FOX News deliberately and intentionally, with malice aforethought conned everyone with a deliberate intent to deceive (lie) and did so intentionally and deliberately and with malice aforethought in a deliberate and intentional intent and so forth.

    Again, you are supposed to be on the side that implicitly mistrusts the government and preaches about the dangers of federal overreach. But oh, in this instance, the government gets the benefit of the doubt, and we can trust everything they have to say, because certainly no one would ever feel the need to lie about a pointless invasion that got thousands of Americans killed. The government only lies about things like healthcare and the housing crisis. And weirdly enough, only when the Democrats are in charge!

    They wanted to invade Iraq. Not really to remove them as a threat, but because they thought it would be easier to run for re-election in 2004 (which it was), so they could implement a bunch of Patriot Act-like policies to detain people and spy on citizens (which it did) and so that Dick Cheney could hand over a completely unregulated sandbox to his rich friends to scam the US government out of billions of dollars (which continues to occur). Of course, you can’t just say that to the American people, so they made up some story about weapons of mass destruction to sell to the country. They didn’t have any credible intelligence or evidence to support their propaganda, but they figured they’d find something in the desert, so they bet on that, assuming no one would care much about the details of the case they presented so long as they came back as the heroes that disarmed Iraq.

    But as the years went by and nothing turned up, that case for invasion that was supposed to be forgotten came under intense scrutiny, and we now know that they never had any credible evidence that Iraq possessed WMD. So how else do you explain this quote from Donald Rumsfeld

    We know where they [weapons of mass destruction] are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

    if they weren’t lying? I mean, he said he knew where they were. They didn’t even exist! If I called the police and told them that I knew that heliotrope was hiding dead bodies in his crawspace, would you consider me a liar? If I just waved my hands and said the magic words – I GOT BAD INTEL – would I be absolved of responsibility for my words?

    Comment by Levi — August 16, 2012 @ 4:29 pm - August 16, 2012

  13. Aww, what’s the matter, Levi?

    Livewire provide evidence that you were lying, and Heliotrope clearly and completely point out that you’re an irrational bigot?

    LOL.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 16, 2012 @ 7:47 pm - August 16, 2012

  14. It is amusing how, in the face of evidence, Levi continues his big lie, hoping that repeating it (and his conspiracy theories) over and over again, he can make facts go away.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 17, 2012 @ 8:06 am - August 17, 2012

  15. Yes, and that little visit to bow at the temple of Sheldon Adelson (a private casino at the Venetian in Las Vegas) was a nice touch too. Glad we have candidates who are beholdin’ to the people and not some slime ball who has possibly laundered the money of murderers and thieves through his casinos.

    Comment by Kevin — August 18, 2012 @ 1:19 am - August 18, 2012

  16. What’s wrong Kevin? You prefer “laundered the money of murders and drug runners through goverment authorized straw man purchases?”

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 20, 2012 @ 8:19 am - August 20, 2012

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