I kind of hate to link to the dick whisperer and I’m not a big fan of who would you rather
have a beer $350 bottle of wine with, but I have always wondered how well Ryan’s Beltway handjob routine translated into Real Murkin:
It was not exactly the kickoff Ryan and Romney wanted, but it did help to establish why Romney chose the young House Budget Committee chairman as his running mate: Ryan is almost as awkward as Romney.
Ryan has a deft touch in Washington when he speaks at think tanks or mixes it up with reporters. He has an easy manner and a confident command of policy. But he hasn’t been tested much as a retail politician. He doesn’t have to worry about close campaigns in his heavily Republican congressional district, and he hasn’t had to win over voters much beyond Racine and Kenosha.
His speech, stitched together with connectors such as “one more thing” and “another thing,” was not quite polished, and he began by waving a Green Bay Packers jersey before the Iowans, who are as likely to be Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings fans. After the first wave of hecklers and stage crashers was cleared, Ryan went through his five-point agenda for economic growth, mixing his beloved statistics (“Ninety-seven percent of the world’s consumers are out of this country”) with his trademark gloom (We’re “spending our children into a diminished future”) and a strained effort to portray himself as a local. “We need to grow and make things in states like Wisconsin, Iowa, the Midwest,” he said.
Every step of the way, Romney has catered to Joe Scarborough not Joe Soptic. Establishment media types like private equity ix nay on the axes tay because they work for big, shady companies and don’t want anyone digging into their own lucrative finances. They like Paul Ryan because he’s accessible, pretends to be an intellectual, and is actually happy if they don’t read his reports too carefully.
Lazy millionaire pundit and telegenic faux intellectual con man: it’s a perfect match.
But it probably won’t play in Peoria. Or at least there’s no evidence that it will.