Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Politico Goes Harry Reid: 'GOP Pros Fret Over Paul Ryan'
Some of the writers at over The Politico are working overtime to try push a narrativer about a 'radical' Paul Ryan. Here's a sample:
Away from the cameras, and with all the usual assurances that people aren’t being quoted by name, there is an unmistakable consensus among Republican operatives in Washington: Romney has taken a risk with Ryan that has only a modest chance of going right — and a huge chance of going horribly wrong.
It is not that the public professions of excitement about the Ryan selection are totally insincere. It is that many of the most optimistic Republican operatives will privately acknowledge that their views are being shaped more by fingers-crossed hope than by a hard-headed appraisal of what’s most likely to happen.
“I think it’s a very bold choice. And an exciting and interesting pick. It’s going to elevate the campaign into a debate over big ideas. It means Romney-Ryan can run on principles and provide some real direction and vision for the Republican Party. And probably lose. Maybe big,” said former President George W. Bush senior adviser Mark McKinnon.
“Whether or not they [the Romney campaign] want to say that they have their own plan on Day One, or whatever they’re doing, it doesn’t change the reality of them having to own the Ryan plan. How is that in the wheelhouse of creating jobs?” added a GOP consultant.
The most cutting criticism of Ryan, shared only by a handful of strategists, is that Ryan isn’t ready to be president — or doesn’t come across as ready. A youthful man who looks even younger than his 42 years, Ryan could end up labeled as Sarah Palin with a PowerPoint presentation, several operatives said.
“He just doesn’t seem like he can step into the job on Day One,” said the strategist, who professed himself a Ryan fan.
And that’s just what it does to the Romney-Ryan ticket. Forget how it plays in close House and Senate races.
“Very not helpful down ballot — very,” said one top Republican consultant.
“This is the day the music died,” one Republican operative involved in 2012 races said after the rollout. The operative said that every House candidate now is racing to get ahead of this issue.
There's more, but you get the drift.
'One Republican operative', 'Republican operatives''Republican strategists'..and just to try and add weight to this empty plastic bag, they find one who's willing to be quoted..Mark McKinnon, one of the 'geniuses' behind the McCain campaign who nows runs No Labels, an organization of RINO's and lefty Democrats supposedly dedicated to 'non-partisanship'. If there actually are any real 'Republican operatives' aside from Mckinnon attached tothis story, I guarantee you they're of the same ilk.
Apparently the writers have caught the Harry Reid disease. I suppose next week they'll come up with 'a Republican operative' who tells them Ryan hasn't paid taxes in ten years.
And Ryan's not ready to be president? After 7 terms in the House and chairmanship of of the House Budget Committee? To three writers who probably voted for Barack Obama? Odd how we didn't hear much about President Obama being 'not ready to be president' out of the press in 2008.
Most of the political experts and long time observers I cited previously think Ryan was an absolutely brilliant pick, and even the ones that felt he was a risky one didn't say anything about his 'not being ready to be president.' Like Joe Biden is?
Not only that,but I think the crowds both Ryan and Mitt Romney have been drawing lately and the increased enthusiasm in the base speak for themselves.
What Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are saying, in essence, is that the road we're on is unsustainable, and they're letting us know there's an alternative...that we don't have to continue along the bankrupt road of Obama-ism.
It's a debate that we need to have nationally, and the only reason the left ia screaming about side issues is because they know that both history and the facts aren't on their side.
It's why '60 Minutes' chose to edit out the part of the interview Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan did with them where Ryan told America his own mother was on Medicare, and the last thing he was going to do was destroy it.
They can only win through lies and distortions.