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Thursday, August 16. 2012
Personally, I'm quite pleased with the pick. I originally thought that Romney & camp would go the low-key route — especially after the VP candidate in the last election outshone the guy running for the P slot — so picking a firebrand like Ryan showed they do, indeed, have a message for America. That they are, indeed, going to give it a choice.
My one regret is that I didn't start saving all of the "Why The Ryan Selection Is Great News For Obama!" links that suddenly popped up. It would have made for a fun post. Seriously, how insane do you have to be to make such a claim? Palin, sure. Newt, Perry, Bachmann, Christie, Pawlenty, Jindal, Portman, sure. I'd agree. All possible good news for Obama.
But not Ryan. Not the one guy even Democrats will tip their hat to for knowing his stuff.
And these loopy articles weren't on some backwater blog sites. Slate, Politico, Daily Beast, Puffington Host, Boston Globe, Washington Post, NY Times; all have spit out the "This is great news for Obama!" meme since the selection.
One wonders, if their immediate reaction to the announcement is gross hyperbole — what's it going to be like from here on out? I'd look for some real zaniness coming out of these sites in the near future. I'll collect some of the better ones for our mutual amusement.
The first official piece of zaniness is below the fold, and I'll also expound on why I think Palin not speaking at the convention is a good thing. Long-time readers know I'm a devout Palinite, so it's not an issue I take lightly.
I agree completely with Ed Morrissey on this:
Yeah, well, you already know where this is headed, right? It's that 'draws attention' bit that we don't want anywhere near the campaign. Sure, she fires people up — so what? The people clapping and cheering at the convention and at home aren't the people we're going after. She's now 5-for-6 when it comes to backing Tea Party candidates, and that's where she can help the most; not drawing media attention away from the main candidates. And she knows this.
Remember, presidents don't make laws. They can influence which laws are enacted and can issue fancy Executive Orders, but if you want the EPA defunded and rendered powerless, you need Congress. And if you want a cooperative Congress, you need the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.
First off, Romney's just spitballing, not actually seriously proposing an amendment to the friggin' Constitution of the United States. That much is obvious even before you watch the video. Furthermore, it only deals with the presidential candidate, which Ryan isn't, so the whole thing's bullshit right from the get-go.
But here's what puts it into the realm of 'zany'.
Romney in the video:
Romney didn't propose it. The business owner did.
Seriously, how blind does one have to be to just blip right over what's actually being said and interject one's own little fantasy in its place? The bottom line is, these people are already acting desperate.
As well they should be.
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The Dems and the state controlled media (redundant I know) have been desperate since the shellacking they received in the 2010 mid-terms. They know as we know, they don't stand a snowball's chance in Hell in Obama being re-elected and they are all wetting themselves at the thought. Hence, the dirty ads and reportage.
Well summed. We note how very little has EVER been said about the results of the 2010 election in the MSM. But it was there, and it was real.
"And these loopy articles weren't on some backwater blog sites. Slate, Politico, Daily Beast, Puffington Host, Boston Globe, Washington Post, NY Times; all have spit out the "This is great news for Obama!" meme since the selection."
Doc, that's the funniest line I will read today. Maybe even the week. Probably the whole month. That was brilliant! Not some backwater blog sites! Good thing my mouth was empty!
Well, I wouldn't want to mention any names. DailyKos. MyDD. MediaMatters. Firedog Lake. Wonkette. I mean, you expect wild hyperbole coming out of these places, but the 'zany' example I used was from the friggin' Washington Post.
I sense a 'credibility gap' here.
"Seriously, how blind does one have to be to just blip right over what's actually being said and interject one's own little fantasy in its place? The bottom line is, these people are already acting desperate."
"Progresive"ly blind, Doc. They seem able to focus on motes, but nothing larger.
Not to dicker with your analysis, but I'm not sure they focus on anything. It's like all they're seeing is a big blur in front of them and they fill in the blanks with their Utopian dream as they see fit. Like in the 'zany' vid, how do you turn off your ears? That shows true dedication to the cause.
I'm getting that Reagan '80 vibe, maybe not as strong, but 'modernized' by our neophyte-in-chief, his record, and his sycophantic shield-bearers.
Come 10pm on that November night, I fear a GIANT rush for anti-depressants, large quantities of C2H5OH, and self induced physical harm (i.e. hair pulling, ect).
If I wasn't going to be so self-involved, It would grieve me so to see them in such pain...... well, maybe a little bit...
Doc, you know that I love Sarah as much as you do.
I think your take on her current role is spot on. I do believe that we're looking at a big R win this time so maybe 2024 for her - just the right age. I'm looking forward to it. Course might be from an ethereal vantage.
Her land is biggest, and her land is best
From grassy plains to the mountain crest
She's ahead of us all in meetin' the test
We're followin' her legend right out of the West.
Sarah, Sarah Palin! Queen of the wild frontier!
Granted, that was a hell of a post. :) Thanks again for kicking it off.
Okay, so why 2024 instead of 2020? We'll give Romney 2016 as a repeat. You thinking Palin on the VP slot in 2020 and moving up a notch in 2024?
Oh god I hope not. And I don't think she would go VP - again.
Just between you and me, I don't think she'll ever run. I originally thought that the press would forget about her after a few years, but the recent spate of "Ryan Will Be The Same Disaster Palin Was!" articles proves this obviously wasn't the case. It'll probably forever be too big a stigma for her to carry into the White House. But she's doing an immense amount of good where she is now, so maybe it's all for the better.
Too much gin and my arithmetic goes south - 2028. A successful Romney presidency makes Ryan the heir apparent.
The same party has not held the White House for 16 consecutive years in my lifetime - goes back to Truman.In fact, Reagan/Bush were the only ones to put together 3 terms.
I don't know that Sarah's role will be in elective office. Perhaps a cabinet position or the leader of a national interest group. I can't see her not being a national figure for may years to come.
FYI: Anyone who runs for VP has to meet the qualifications to become President (12th Amendment).
And what a figure she is! And has... Todd be a fortunate fellow.
Re Palin, you have to note the ease with which she guaranteed Obama would never sack Joltin' Joke Joe, when she recommended sweetly that Obama do just that in favor of Hillyary.
That was actually a very interesting scenario that played out, with Palin even jumping into the controversy in the first place. The liberal commentators didn't seem to know what to make of it. "If Palin's for it, then we must be against it, right?", they wheedled plaintively to the audience.
Good times, good times.