Monday, August 13, 2012

Cruising the Web

George Will is excellent as he celebrates the Ryan pick in contrast to the moral emptiness of the Obama campaign.
Obama’s desperate flailing about to justify four more years has sunk into such unhinged smarminess that Romney may have concluded: There is nothing Obama won’t say about me, because he has nothing to say for himself, so I will chose a running mate whose seriousness about large problems and ideas underscores what the president has become — silly and small.

National Journal explains how the Ryan pick turns Wisconsin into a swing state.

Walter Russell Mead explains how the Ryan pick makes this even more of a historic election choice.

Yes, indeed. According to the CBO, Obama's plan cuts over $700 billion from Medicare. So the Democrats should be careful about their own Mediscare attacks.

Apparently, Romney picked Ryan even though some of his political advisers were against the pick and preferred Pawlenty or Portman. Good for Romney for going for his own preference.

He on whose behalf the Soptic ad was made used to dispense bromides deploring “the smallness of our politics” and “our preference for scoring cheap political points.” Obama’s campaign of avoidance — say anything to avoid the subject of the country’s condition — must now reckon with Ryan’s mastery of Obama’s enormous addition to decades of governmental malpractice.

Why Democrats shouldn't be exulting over running against Ryan. His record of winning around two-thirds of the vote in his Democrat-leaning district should tell them that he has the ability to win over independents.

Imagine if Romney wins. That will mean that we will have a Mormon-Catholic ticket in the White House. Thomas Nast, who made this cartoon entitled Foreign Reptiles in the 19th century, must be rolling in his grave.
What a change from our history of religious bigotry against both religions.

Media coverage of Israel and the Palestinians is a clear sign of media bias.

This one chart explains why the Democrats will not go after Goldman Sachs.

How the IRS is discouraging its employees to ignore tax fraud and not informing people that their Social Security numbers have been stolen.

There never was a golden age of political campaigns, but Robert Samuelson hopes that, with the Ryan choice, we may have a more clear-eyed discussion of budget realities. We can but hope.

People who whine that Romney picked just another boring white guy just have too much contempt for the American people.

So now we're reduced to deciphering the meaning of Ryan appearing without a tie.

Five things to understand about Paul Ryan. And seven fun facts.

Ten ways that the Ryan pick will annoy the liberal media and destroy their standard memes. Annoying the media is always a side benefit for conservatives.

Yes, Obama's HHS did gut the work requirements in welfare reform.

We'll see if the American people want the party of reform or the kick-the-can-down-the-road-so-we-can-win-election party. The GOP can always run this clip from Tim Geithner admitting to Paul Ryan that the Obama administration doesn't have "a definitive solution to our long-term problem....We just don't like yours."

Jonathan H. Adler makes a good point.
With Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate, there will be lots of talk about the House GOP budget. When this budget is attacked, the first question in response should always be “compared to what?” Not the actual federal budget, because Congress has not passed one in nearly four years. Not the president’s budget, as it’s never made it out of either house of Congress.
Remember, Geithner doesn't have any answer for long-term problems. All he knows is he doesn't like Ryan's plan. That's the Democratic approach. They're the party that hasn't passed a budget since April, 2009.

How dumb is Debbie Wasserman Schultz? Does she really think anyone would buy her claim that she doesn't know the political affiliation of the Super PAC run by a former Obama aide and for which Axelrod and Plouffe have raised money? I guess the Democrats have such low regard for the intelligence of Americans that they'll just say anything.

Jerry Brown was banking on a big payoff from the Facebook IPO to add revenue to the California's budget. Oops.

Romney and Ryan go after Obama on Medicare in the online section of the Sixty Minutes interview. Too bad that they didn't air that. They are following Kimberley Strassel's recommendation that the Romney campaign needs to go nuclear in answering the Mediscare attacks. They should be able to come up with some strong ads to highlight what Obama has done to Medicare and what exactly the Wyden-Ryan proposal would do.

Stephen Moore reminds us of the Jack Kemp roots of Ryanomics.

And, if all the fiscal clarity isn't enough for you, check out his guns.