Obama Campaign Ad Goes After #RomneyRyan2012: ‘Back to the Failed Top-Down Policies’

All aboard the USS Failboat.

So Paul Ryan, eh?  That’s who Romney is going with?  Alrighty.

The Obama campaign is, of course, all over Romney/Ryan 2012 like brown on rice:

Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA nails it:

The interesting thing about Romney and Ryan’s speeches this morning is that they both tried to avoid talking about what Paul Ryan is famous for. They didn’t specifically mention the Ryan budget. They talked about preserving Medicare, while hoping that voters wouldn’t realize that they plan to save Medicare by killing it and turning it into a voucher system.

The Obama video and Messina’s statement both use Paul Ryan to tie Romney to the unpopular House, the policies of George W. Bush, the war on women, and privatizing Medicare and Social Security. It also reinforces the Obama campaign’s messages about Romney’s stance on the middle class, and his plan to give tax cuts for the wealthy while raising taxes on everyone else. Read more








How do you like your blue-eyed boy, Mr. Death?

Jim Newell summarizes Paul Ryan quite well:

A few things about Paul Ryan: He wants to end Medicare and give people (those who are 55 and younger at the time of passage) coupons to buy private insurance plans on the market instead. Those coupons would be explicitly designed not to keep up with medical inflation, ensuring seniors pay higher out-of-pocket costs each year until the market collapses.

He wants to convert Medicaid and food stamps into block grants sent to the states and sharply reduced levels. He wants to bring non-defense discretionary spending down to 3% of the federal budget. He wants toslash taxes on the wealthy, giving them an average 12.5% in additional after-tax income. The only reason his budgets haven’t said a word about privatizing or dramatically cutting benefits in Social Security is becausehis fellow congressmen demanded he not take that on in addition to everything else, at this point. He voted for the Iraq War, Medicare Part D, and TARP.

The Ryan Budget is not just about saving money. He thinks broad social spending programs are immoral in how they foster “dependency.” There’s no other reason to cut every modest discretionary program like that.

But he’s a bow hunter!








Vulture/Voucher 2012, part II

Subtitle: All Ayn Rand’s Demon Spawn, All The Time!

Following on from Betty Cracker’s earlier post, and mistermix’s post below, I’d like to draw your attention to another potential killer for Romney’s campaign.

On more than one occasion in the past, Romney has suggested doing away with the Veterans Health Administration completely and replacing it with a voucher system.  He wants to completely contract out the operations of the Veterans Benefits Administration and the National Cemetary Administration.  At the time he made these suggestions in public back in November, it went over like a lead balloon and he dropped it quietly.  There’s a reason why.  The VA’s buracracy may be a royal pain the ass for Vets, but we loves us our socialized health care system.   We love it so much, we consistently call it the best in the world.

Well, now Vets can say goodbye the the Veterans Administration and say hello to the Voucher Administration.  Because there’s no better way to show Veterans that you honor them than cutting their benefits by 50% and shoving them out on the street so that you can give another tax cut to the wealth inheritors.  And make no mistake.  This WILL happen under a Ryan/Romney administration.  And lets face it–the fact that Romney acceded to having Paul Ryan shoved down his throat to shore up relations with the base is every indication that Romney knows who’s in charge, and who will dictate policy to him.  It’s a rehash of the Cheney regency all over again








I just want to see his face

I just listened to a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner call on the politics of the Ryan vouchercare plan. Bottom line: people hate the plan. For example, Obama leads by 3 points in the current GQR survey, and when voters are asked who they would vote for if Romney endorsed the Ryan plan, it jump to six points.

Tim Tebow doesn’t love me enough to make Ryan Romney’s VP, though, I’m afraid. Stan Greenberg says that before conducting this poll, he thought that Romney might do well to select Ryan because Young Blue Eyes excites the right-wing base so much, but that, having seen these polling results, he now believes that Ryan is just too toxic.








I never got over those blue eyes

Personally, I’m feeling a lot of Portmentum, but a blogger can hope:

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has a far higher profile in social media than the other Republicans mentioned as possible running mates for Mitt Romney, according to a social media study powered for BuzzFeed by Attention, a media agency that focuses on quantifying the impact of topics and individuals on the social space.

Is there any way the right can so fired up about Ryan that they force Romney to pick him? Not bloody likely, I’m sure.