Comments on: The strange disappearance of Paul Ryan http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:47:54 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: UauS http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-59 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:39:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-59 The current state of the Republican party of Romney, Rove, GWB, Ryan, Cheney, Palin, tea lovers et. al, can be described as bankruptcy.
This is unfortunate, because if they worked constructively with Democrats, they could have contributed a lot to the progress of this country, instead of SOLELY concentrating on making Obama a one-term president and simply sabotaging him.

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By: Peertoperr http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-56 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 03:56:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-56 Ryan will be the tail wagging the dog

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By: Calm-B-4-Storm http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-44 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 11:59:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-44 One of our neighbors from the Great White North asks how one half of the U.S. population could seriously vote for the current Republican ticket. The unfortunate truth is at least 37% of the voting age, and fully 42% of those eligible to vote will not even go to the polls. This is not a result of lacking the ability to perform this privilege/responsibility it is a result of apathy. During the 2008 Presidential election, of the Voting Age Population (VAP), roughly 231,229,580; only 132,645,504 or 57.37% cast votes. Nearly 100,000,000 did not bother to make their way to the polls. When that many people do not believe their vote counts they are unfortunately correct. The element of public with a bit of foresight is hard pressed to drag those unwilling to make the effort to take responsibility for their lives and the future of their nation or posterity, this creates a case of being ineffective by default. People you automatically lose if you are not willing to get into the game, please exercise the little power you do have, while it matters.

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By: flashrooster http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-26 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 03:55:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-26 Egladys: Thanks, and I commiserate with you. I live next door in Mississippi. I was walking through the other room a moment ago and the tv was on. There was a blurb on for the 10 o’clock news. Apparently there was a teacher telling her students that Obama is a Muslim. She’ll probably become the school principal within 2 years.

CDN_Rebel: I’m with you on that. It’s a national nightmare, how someone like Mitt Romney could possibly come even close to becoming President. (However, there was George W. Bush.) It’s not just having an empty shirt like Romney in the White House, and the failed policies he’s offering, but it will also set a precedent for future elections.

No longer will Americans look to nominate the best leader for President of the United States. We’ll bestow that honor on the best liar. In fact, this will prove true whether Romney wins or not. He’s been successful enough. He’s proven that a candidate can say anything and change their positions depending on the audience, and be successful. The goal will be to tell the most people what they want to hear. We’ve become that stupid. We’ve become frighteningly easy to manipulate, and it can only lead to disaster. The truth will be the casualty. Candidates won’t even be able to tell the truth because their opponent can always offer something more pleasing than the truth. That’s the game Romney’s playing and it’s working. And his supporters don’t seem to care what he says. He could tell them that his lips originally belonged to a dog’s anus and he’d probably get a bump in the polls.

During the 2000 and 2004 elections all you heard from Republicans was national security, national security. Now, they have a candidate that didn’t even bother mentioning our military during his acceptance speech at his party’s convention, and we’re still at war! How can Republican voters go from caring only about national security to not caring at all about those who have put themselves in harm’s way to serve this nation? And in such a short period of time. We have a nation of schizophrenics. Well, at least half of us.

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By: CDN_Rebel http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-25 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:44:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-25 What sickens me (as an outside observer from Canada, biggest American trade partner and not mentioned once in either economic or foreign policy debates *cough*) is that the race is nearly a dead-heat in the popular vote. Looks like Obama has the Electoral College map in his favour, but take a step back and think that the majority of people in your country would vote for ROMNEY over Obama. That’s… that’s… that’s disgraceful! disgusting! I mean, Fox only draws like 2m viewers max… what’s the excuse for the other 310m of ya – errr I guess half of that; what’s the excuse for 155m of your people even looking at this clown and not puking? The really sad part is is that your economy is about to take off, this fiscal cliff is gonna knock out your giant structural deficit, and Romney’s regime will take/get credit. RAWR!

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By: Egladys http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-24 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:35:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-24 flashrooster, well said. alas, all I can do is sit-back & hope it doesn’t happen. I vote, but not in a swing-state (Alabama). Best I can hope for is to make a difference in the Probate Judge race. sigh

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By: x95rankin http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-23 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:45:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-23 Flashrooster has is right…Obama might have gotten more done in the first 2 years but the problem was the house and senate (blue dogs) not wanting to be painted into a corner..actual conviction and soldified power. If Romney wins the goal will be to move back to right get the senate in the 2014 midterm elections and be ready to roll with Ryan. Ryan will definitely be the gopher between Romney and congress and the go to guy. My question is how conservative the agenda might get, how much are the Republicans are going to want to have it all..and how are they planning the divi-up the conservative agenda.

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By: Willie12345 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-22 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:34:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-22 “old fat white men” — Can’t you feel the love ? Isn’t that a bigoted remark ?

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By: sylvan http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-21 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:36:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-21 Ryan actually makes Romney look principled by comparison. Ryan is a very dumb guy who is way too old to be so into himself. He is a gym rat who ended up in Congress so he could be the young cool dude among old fat white men, since the competition in the gym was too stiff. Faking a soup kitchen visit is probably the most pathetic thing I have ever heard, even lower than creating his own, much better marathon time. These the two are biggest fakes in the history of the US and they show how treasonous the GOP has become. And Grover Norquist is an arrested adolescent who has no business whatsoever altering our government. How he controls all of GOPers in Congress is a mystery that needs solving.

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By: flashrooster http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2012/10/24/the-strange-disappearance-of-paul-ryan/#comment-20 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 04:01:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=29#comment-20 Both Romney and Ryan are empty vessels who sell themselves by portraying characters. phrpwks calls it “a concerted effort by the GOP to move to the middle”. I agree that Romney is now positioning himself as a moderate, in contrast to the “severe conservative” he portrayed during the primaries. But there’s no actual move to the middle. It’s only a role they’re playing to win the election.

Something that wasn’t mentioned in this op-ed and the comments, nor has there been much said about it in the nation’s discussion regarding this election, and that is the combination of these 2 dynamics: 1) Romney is not a man of strong will or strong convictions. He just wants to be President, and he’s willing to do and say just about anything to win. 2) If Romney wins, he’s going to be fronting a very driven and determined Republican Party. They don’t particularly like Romney, but they very much want Romney to win. Until election day, Romney can pretty much say whatever he wants IF it will help him get elected, and the Party leaders, conservatives, plutocrats, neocons, tea party, Christian Coalition, all the less moderate factions that make up the Republican party, will simply smile and nod their heads, because they know the game being played here. Certainly no one is worried about Romney keeping his word on anything he says. As far as they’re concerned, Romney would be winning this election for them. Not for Romney.

Grover Norquist has spelled it out for us in crystal clear terms:

“All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate…

“Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”

So if anyone is really wondering how Romney will govern and whether or not he’ll be a moderate only has to look to the current state of the Republican Party. And in doing that, we can take the “moderate” modifier off the table. Romney will be wearing a nice, new supply of severely conservative hats. Yes, he’ll still be the shape-shifter, eager to please, but it will all be as a conservative character actor. He wants to be liked by his party and he will want their support for a second term. And look to see a lot more of Paul Ryan IF Romney wins. He’ll be more of a spokesman for the Administration even more than most VPs. Ryan will be the guy the rightwing Congress goes to when they start issuing their orders to the new President.

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