Rightbloggers Rejoice as Ryan Revives Romney, Reaganesquely

tomt200.jpgThe ideologically fluid Mitt Romney surprised a lot of people this weekend by choosing as his Vice-Presidential running mate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a hardcore conservative best known for frightening off independent voters.

Democrats portrayed the choice as a gift. So did rightbloggers, often for the same reasons. The factors on which Democrats find Ryan vulnerable (transforming Medicare into a "premium support" program, even bigger tax breaks for the rich, etc.) rightbloggers consider strengths, and they assume ordinary Americans will be just as turned on by the choice as they are -- so long as the Dems' negative characterizations of Ryan can be counteracted by some ferocious rah-rah.

Covering Ryan's unveiling for National Review, Robert Costa did a bang-up job, remarking on the scene, "It feels like the Fourth of July, or Veterans Day. 'Patriotism' and 'upbeat' are the two words that spring to mind." A plane running overhead with an anti-Romney streamer he described as "taunting the crowd, which is mostly families and veterans"; a speech by "Governor McDonnell, a onetime vice-presidential contender and a veteran" mentions that "the GOP ticket has a 'Reagan-Romney' vision."

Despite Costa's self-evident buy-in, he admitted Ryan himself "may not be a rousing speaker," but said of Ryan and his wife that "the chemistry between the pair was evident, but what really made an impression was the reaction of veterans and suburban moms to Ryan."

Erick Erickson, the great rightblogger litmus-tester who had warned Romney to tack right or else, allowed as how "it is not enough, but it is an excellent start to a reboot."

"So what about Republicans and other Romney supporters who don't think much of the pick? What should they do?" said Professor William Jacobson. "How about this: Shut up... Your either are with Ryan or against him. And if you're against him publicly, then you're with Obama."

The scolding was unneeded. Even rightbloggers who'd been lukewarm toward Romney were psyched by the addition of Ryan. Though the Congressman's manner when he explains his Medicare cuts reminds us of a corporate trainer teaching insurance people how to deny claims, rightbloggers considered him a rock star.

"Ryan is a master salesman -- he could sell a drowning man a bowling ball" was Christian Schneider's unfortunate analogy at National Review. Even worse: "If any elected official in America can sugarcoat the need to slow government's growth, it is the man from Wisconsin whose wedding announcement noted he 'does his own skinning and butchering and makes his own Polish sausage and bratwurst.'"

"He will get all the attention Palin did and more, and it will help our side," said Richard Baehr of American Thinker, without saying why it should be different this time. "He's got Sarah Palin's credentials with them without any of her (to me adorable) drawbacks," gushed John O'Sullivan at National Review. "He's either Sarah-heavy or Palin-Lite, whichever you prefer. Which means he doesn't grate culturally on non-Middle America." (Of course, Ryan hasn't had a reality show yet.)

"Well, look, the 'gender gap' will evaporate instantly now that Paul Ryan's on the ticket," declared Robert Stacy McCain. "Trust me on this -- chicks dig him. It was like Sinatra with a crowd of bobby soxers at the Paramount in 1944. Elvis at the Overton Park bandshell in Memphis in 1956. Total swoonsville." McCain went on to celebrate the "tall blue-eyed GOP running mate" and "the square-jawed presidential candidate" with his "magnetic smile," so maybe he was just projecting.

Several rightbloggers predicted that Ryan would help not only in Wisconsin, but in all contiguous states, because, as American Thinker's Thomas Lifson put it, "he exemplifies characteristics in which Midwesterners take pride"

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"I suspect Romney chose Ryan to help him run a better and stronger version of the campaign he has already been running," said National Review's Yuval Levin -- that is, a campaign that "uses its own policy proposals to convey a sense of competence and direction more than to broadcast very specific intentions," he said. "Romney knows that he has largely failed to convey that sense so far..."

So, how does adding Ryan "convey a sense" without "very specific intentions" more successfully? "I'm not sure it will mean that the campaign puts out more detailed alternatives to Obamacare or a more fully fleshed out tax or education plan," said Levin; also, "attempts to tie Romney to some specific long-term spending cuts in the Ryan budget don't seem that plausible either -- is a presidential candidate liable for every position his running mate has held?" Levin continued, compulsively it seemed, to distance sense from specific intentions: "Romney can easily say, as indeed he has, that he supports the goals of the Ryan budget... but is open to various means of achieving those goals and has his own ideas regarding a number of them. That has always been Ryan's own attitude, after all... What exactly is the smoking gun here?"

On the other hand, Ryan speaks "the language of the American middle class family," Levin said, and possesses "an innate decency and Midwestern personality that defies all vilification."

Some of the brethren went straight to their ultimate accolade. "You know how people are always looking for the next Reagan?" said Kathryn J. Lopez at National Review . "There may just be something of what they're looking for in Romney..."

"Romney-Ryan are firmly offering to complete the Reagan Revolution," said James Pethokoukis at the American Enterprise Institute. "The best analogy is, I think, the late 1970s when Reagan became the candidate... I think Ryan has that Reagan-like quality," said Charles Krauthammer.

"Romney-Ryan: Best Since Ronald Reagan. It Even Sounds Like the Right RR," headlined Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator. "For conservatives, the Initials R.R. evoke Ronald Reagan," Bridget M. Bush of Elephants in the Bluegrass informed us. "The Gipper would be most pleased with Romney's selection of Paul Ryan."

"Whenever President Obama goes negative personal, he'll look like the petty, vindictive juvenile he is," fantasized Let Freedom Ring. "That's because Paul Ryan has President Reagan's trait of optimism."

"In naming a running mate with intellect, gravitas, seriousness of purpose, courage, charm, and communications skills, Romney's recruitment of Ryan recalls another Republican 'R' -- Reagan," said Deroy Murdock at National Review.

"No doubt there are many Democrats rubbing their hands in glee in contemplation of reviving some version of the ad that featured an actor playing Paul Ryan pushing a grandmother in a wheelchair off a cliff," said John Fund at National Review. "But the smarter ones are worried."

Fund did not name these "smarter ones," but laid the Reagan on good and thick: "Ryan has pointed out to me that no Republican has carried his district for president since Ronald Reagan in 1984... Second, Democrats know that Ryan has Reaganesque qualities that make him appealing to independent, middle-class voters... Echoes of Ronald Reagan at his best." To make sure readers got the message, he also compared Obama to Jimmy Carter.

This reminds us of those heady days of 1980, when George H.W. Bush picked Ronald Reagan to be his Vice-Presidential candidate.

That liberals also approved of the appointment for their own, very different reasons was proof to some rightbloggers that they were scared.


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rickthewriter
rickthewriter

Anyone who spreads this ridiculous Hickman-serial-killer-smear should be treated with contempt. It's intellectually dishonest.

 

In the 1920s, when Rand was newly from Russia and learning the language, she followed a sensationalist case that was all over the LA newspapers. Like the OJ trial of our time, the central figure was believed by many to be innocent. Ladies groups and the like went on public campaigns against the kid, and it was generally hysteria. It was Rand's first exposure to a media circus, and THAT is what interested her. Her story was not planned to be about Hickman or modeled on Hickman, who she called "degenerate", but what the Hickman circus suggested to her -- a young man attacked from all sides who defiantly throws it back in the mobs face; a anti-collectivist type story. In her tale the boy would be innocent.

 

This was in private journals unpublished until years after her death -- she hadn't written a single novel or figured out her philosophy. She was new to America. In her home country criminals were men who killed to survive despite dictatorship and starvation -- read her eventual novel We the Living to understand.

 

The modern left drops the context of this obscure Journal entry to smear Rand despite thousands of pages of her mature writing, every word of which speaks to the inviolability of individual rights and the evil of initiating force. This cannot be honest. It's a cynical and grotesque lie.

 

rickthewriter
rickthewriter

Anyone who spreads this ridiculous Hickman-serial-killer-smear should be treated with contempt. It's intellectually dishonest.

 

In the 1920s, when Rand was newly from Russia and learning the language, she followed a sensationalist case that was all over the LA newspapers. Like the OJ trial of our time, the central figure was believed by many to be innocent. Ladies groups and the like went on public campaigns against the kid, and it was generally hysteria. It was Rand's first exposure to a media circus, and THAT is what interested her. Her story was not planned to be about Hickman or modeled on Hickman, who she called "degenerate", but what the Hickman circus suggested to her -- a young man attacked from all sides who defiantly throws it back in the mobs face; a anti-collectivist type story. In her tale the boy would be innocent.

 

This was in private journals unpublished until years after her death -- she hadn't written a single novel or figured out her philosophy. She was new to America. In her home country criminals were men who killed to survive despite dictatorship and starvation -- read her eventual novel We the Living to understand.

 

The modern left drops the context of this obscure Journal entry to smear Rand despite thousands of pages of her mature writing, every word of which speaks to the inviolability of individual rights and the evil of initiating force. This cannot be honest. It's a cynical and grotesque lie. 

 

BuRn101
BuRn101

Hey lets face it. The real nut jobs are the idiots that follow politics. What a huge waste of time. its like ants watching a horse run. it don't matter there baby boys and manly women.. Go back to your wives and children and mow your lawn, paint your painting, sue you neighboor, whatever but just stop bickering.

Slander is whats wrong with this whole system.

 

SEX Lies and video tape. get lives people and get off this bitch. :}

 

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

So I guess Iran can expect a large shipment of missiles when Willard is sworn in?

ifthethunderdontgety
ifthethunderdontgety

O.T., but I don't see the V.V. common-tater system as an improvement.

 

Is this a cost-savings measure?

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synykyl
synykyl

Picking Ryan was no game-changer, but it did help Romney in two ways:

  1)  Ryan is a better liar than Romney. (He's not a good liar, but he is a better one)

  2)  In comparison with Ryan, Mitt almost seems likeable.

 

 

StringOnAStick
StringOnAStick topcommenter

Wow, it is great to know that my fellow vagina-Americans will vote this guy just because he has that winning smirk!  His hero Ayn Rand had the hots for a serial killer, so I guess I can see the connection, especially in his zombie-eyed granny starver eyes*. 

 

* H.T., Charlie Pierce. 

vito33
vito33

Some of this fawning is really nauseating. I don't care if he and his wife have a "good chemistry", or that he makes his own sausage, and I'm especially revolted by the "master salesman" thing, as if that were a good trait for a politician. Salesmen try to make you buy something you don't want for their own benefit, just like the bowling ball analogy. (I hope that really takes off.) Salesmen don't give a shit about YOU.

 

But this garbage works because much of the electorate are such a shallow bunch of sheep that they make decisions based on a politician's hair, whether he hunts or not, or whether they'd like to have a beer with him.

 

Instead tell me, republicans and democrats, EXACTLY and in SPECIFIC DETAIL what you plan to do to boost the economy, produce jobs, take care of the old and the sick, etc., and tell me NOW... that's right, before the election.

 

We're electing candidates based on sloganeering instead of detail and it's our fault for letting them get away with it.

 

 

Realist
Realist

"Romney and Ryan promise the serious leadership for America -- if only voters can hear them over the vicious attacks that are coming from Obama and his media henchmen."

 

I do love how they've started building the excuses for the inevitable failure right into their predictions.

AngryBear
AngryBear

""Ryan has pointed out to me that no Republican has carried his district for president since Ronald Reagan in 1984"

 

Wisconsin's 1st District was carried by Bush in 2000 and 2004.  So now I'm wondering if Ryan is utterly ignorant of his own district's voting history, or the writer for the National Review completely invented this conversation.

Mentioner
Mentioner

I can't wait for the "Paul Ryan:  Master Salesman" meme to kick in. 

AtticusDogsbody
AtticusDogsbody

"it's like having Reagan again"

 

The Iranians are stoked!

expert_advisor
expert_advisor

Romney should have picked H & R Block.. Also, to shake things up, Romney should grow a mustache and start calling himself Jack.

glenn
glenn

".....the White House lie that anyone who opposes  Obama wants to kill people..." on the same day the odious Reince Preibus actually said that Obama had "blood on his hands".

 

These people do more projecting than the multiplex.

sbsweaty
sbsweaty

"If we were back in the 1980's, this would have been a Reagan/Kemp ticket."

And we would still be saying "Hey look!  Remember Ted Nugent?  No?  Well anyway, he has something to say about this."

pastormaker
pastormaker

Chicks dig Ryan? So you're saying that all this time Screech was the hottie on "Saved by the Bell"?

ifthethunderdontgety
ifthethunderdontgety

<i>"Ryan is a master salesman -- he could sell a drowning man a bowling ball" was Christian Schneider's unfortunate analogy at National Review.</i>

 

A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!

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MattinNOLA
MattinNOLA

Quick, someone dress Paul Ryan up in a flight suit. I want to see if we can make Robert Stacey McCain explode from sheer glee.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 @rickthewriter And yet, if Obama even shared a lungful of air with a leftist when he was a kid, he is a dirty commie. Odd that.

 

But you're right, we shouldn't chastise her on her early crush on a sociopath; let us calmly and rationally discuss why Objectivism suits sociopaths so well. Now, I don't believe ALL Objectivists are so inclined, but it seems to me that a philosophy that specifically requires the elimination of empathy and altruism as a motivation in favor of rational self interest is only suitable by people who possess a lack of those attributes to start with. Discuss.

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