A tale of two campaigns: contrasting Romney-Ryan’s access with Obama-Biden’s.
So, to review the bidding: when Romney picked Ryan, Establishment Democrats (and their liberal lackeys) cackled in response that the GOP would now have to hide from the entire state of Florida, thanks to Mediscare. No way that they were going to go all-in, there. Yeah, about that?
Karen Harrington (R CAND, FL-23) invites Paul Ryan to campaign in her district.
I happened to be on a conference call with FL-23 candidate Karen Harrington, who of course is the person facing DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the general election. So it’s going to be a tough race; after all, if there’s any seat that the Democrats would be personally embarrassed to lose, it’d be this one. But when I asked directly whether Karen Harrington would | Read More »
Assessing the effect of Mediscare on the 2012 election cycle.
One of the more… interesting… beliefs that seems to have spread along the Online Left lately is that their forthcoming campaigning against Paul Ryan’s budget reforms (henceforth to be sneeringly dismissed as ‘Mediscare’) is a clear winner for them. And if you ask them why, the members of the Online Left who are smart enough to avoid saying “Because we think that the population of | Read More »
Paul Ryan’s prepared remarks.
[UPDATE] I just got sent this. If you missed the speech, that was a shame: nice balance of positive sentiments, and fully-deserved scorn for this current, quite feckless and incompetent administration. I’ll put up the video itself when it’s available; the text of it is below the fold, and is from here. One thing that won’t come through is that Ryan knows how to react | Read More »
Where was the push-back on the Paul Ryan Georgetown speech?
(H/T Instapundit) Let me show you this picture: it’s from House Ways/Means [Budget**] chair Paul Ryan’s speech this morning (04/26/2012) at Georgetown. Specifically, it’s the protest at Georgetown: Picture via John McCormack (via Twitchy): John is also noting that there weren’t many protesters inside, either, and that things went off without a hitch. Which is, of course, the way that these things should go; and | Read More »
‘Covering the Moon in yoghurt.’
I’m getting the oddest feeling that Paul Ryan isn’t happy with Harry Reid’s proposed ‘spending cuts.’ What Ryan is referring to there is Reid’s cynical dodge that current war spending is going to be the baseline military spending for the next ten years; Reid thus gets his ‘savings’ by brazenly cutting spending that everybody knows is going to be reduced anyway and then claiming that | Read More »
Paul Ryan: 20% tipper.
(Background here.) That’s pretty much the most important thing that you should take from neo-Puritan* Susan Feinberg’s decision to make a scene in a restaurant by accosting (drunkenly?) Rep. Paul Ryan‘s choice in alcoholic beverages (which he paid for on his personal card**): the man subscribes to the “20% is the new 15%” rule of tipping in this wonderful new economy that Reid, Pelosi, and | Read More »
Paul Ryan protesters: grassroots, or groupies?
USA Today has the funniest thing I’m going to read today, I think: At the last of four events on Rep. Paul Ryan‘s “listening tour” of his district Thursday, he called on a man in the front row of a high school auditorium, then instantly recognized him. “You changed clothes!” Ryan told Steve Jozefczyk. The 54-year old salesman from Franklin, Wis., had asked Ryan several | Read More »
Budget Update: White House STILL thinking ‘I won.’
I think that this quote by Dave Camp, House Ways and Means Chair, helps illustrate the exact nature of Obama’s fairly disastrous gaffe Wednesday: “But then I thought, maybe if I can’t figure out who to call, they need to call me,” he said. “It’s their agenda they need to get through the House.” Background: as my readers probably remember, Camp, House Budget Chair Paul | Read More »
The ‘GOP Path to Prosperity:’ first reaction.
Three things immediately leap out at me regarding this first look at the GOP’s long-term budget proposal: As Hot Air put it, everything’s apparently on the table. Everything. 6.2 trillion cut in spending over the next ten years*; 4.4 trillion cut from the deficit. Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security reform. An implicit promise of an end to ethanol subsidies. Defense cuts. Ending the bailout mindset. Top tax rates | Read More »
Paul Ryan to give GOP SotU response.
The Washington Post reports that Representative Ryan will be giving it from the House Budget Committee room, which is simultaneously: nicely symbolic; and a reminder that there’s a reason why Ryan is now the House Budget Chair. It’s an interesting choice. As the WaPo noted, the last two choices were Governors Jindal (2009) and McDonnell (2010). While I actually liked Jindal’s response, there’s no denying | Read More »
Paul Ryan slices and dices Obamacare.
You know, the Democratic party is probably really regretting not targeting Paul Ryan‘s seat last quarter. Not that it would have actually worked, but at least they could have told themselves that they tried to avert events like these: For those without video, this is three and three-quarter minutes’ worth of Rep. Ryan ripping apart last year’s useless CBO report on Obamacare costs, with some | Read More »
Paul Ryan given power to bind and to loose.
Elections. Have. Consequences. And here’s one coming up, now: the incoming House majority will be establishing a rule that will give the House Budget chair the ability to set the spending ceiling for any 2011 budget. This rule is currently causing House Democrats to freak out like koalas deprived of their eucalyptus leaves/junkies deprived of their heroin/hipsters deprived of their iPhones, for two reasons: The | Read More »
The Obama Death Stare Open Thread.
You can just hear him thinking, Why is Rep. Paul Ryan‘s trachea not being crushed? I’m sure that I’m doing it right… Ladies and gentlemen. Surely I do not have to tell you what to do with this gift that Stephen Green of Vodkapundit has so graciously given unto us all?
This sums up the Democratic Congressional strategy perfectly.
On Tuesday night, be given a health care bill the size of Delaware that nobody in your office had a chance to read (over 1,000 pages, in this case). On Wednesday, watch it be jammed through various committees. On Thursday, find out from that the nonpartisan oversight group that’s supposed to be regulating this sort of thing hasn’t been able to read it, either. Note | Read More »
Blue Dogs feeling betwixt and between.
In the process of reading “Centrist Dems: Dogged If They Do, Dogged If They Don’t” by Froma Harrop (short version: pity the poor Blue Dog Democrats; the Left wants them to fall into line behind the progressives and the Right wants them to actually act as if fiscal conservatism meant something), I noticed this particular passage. And Blue Dogs hold undisguised contempt for recent Republican | Read More »