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Paul Ryan speech today (added, prototype for 1st ad)(added, actual 1st ad)

Paul Ryan speech today (added, prototype for 1st ad)(added, actual 1st ad)

Here is the full speech, via Darleen) who links to this video of Andrea Mitchell saying:

I think you’re going to see that they are decided that this is a base election. This is not a pick for suburban moms, this is not a pick for women.

Darleen asks: “It Andrea projecting? Or just plain stupid?”


Update: This could be the prototype for Ryan’s first Veep Ad (via @Gabby_Hoffman):

And the actual first ad from American Future Fund (h/t @ningrim):


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Mitts had me worried but then he started acting like he might run.

I’m impressed

    Joan Of Argghh in reply to serfer1962. | August 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Not sure who’s running the American Future Fund, but they should be in charge of every single GOP ad from here on out!

    This is NOT the GOP I used to know!

    And I couldn’t be happier about it!

Of course Andrea is plain stupid. When has she said anything interesting or insightful?

Off topic. It didn’t take long for them to put out the first attack ad. Hope R & R are ready to do battle.!

    Browndog in reply to MAB. | August 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Just going to post that-

    Reading the comments, it’s clear that most people that were going to vote for Romney no longer will!


    persecutor in reply to MAB. | August 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Considering that Andrea’s hubby helped put us where we are today, I don’t think that she provides the unbiased reporting we’ve come to expect from the MSM. [sarcasm off]

    Reminds me of what Chevy Chase used to say during the first season of SNL (back when it was funny): “Andrea, you ignorant slut.”

Henry Hawkins | August 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

The 2nd vid, with Ryan, is indeed an excellent proto for campaign ads. This guy is very good on camera, projects sincerity for a very odd reason in DC – he’s actually sincere. He’s a media natural. The content was powerful too, especially the first minute.

As I listened I imagined Dive! Dive! Dive! sirens going off over at the DNC.

Paul Ryan is key on budget, economic policy and he also understands that sound money, foreign policy, tax policy, trade policy and immigration policy are also key to a robust return to American prosperity.

I expect that by the time we get to the convention there will significant insight into these other key elements of a Romney cabinet…

God Bless America -you can’t keep no hoax-n-chains on me

    And the deficits and national debt ARE national security issues, Add that and Obama had no experience at all [except running for the Presidency] when the dems claim that neither Romney nor Ryan have any national security experience.
    Biden’s experience was to be a member of the permanent political class and an avid elbow bender.

I’ve heard that Fareed Zakaria is working on the Dems’ first major response, copying and pasting Andrea Mitchell furiously.

delicountessa | August 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Meh. I like Ryan but this doesn’t change my mind. And no, I’m not alone here. There are many of us who have looked at Romney’s record, who his advisers are and said “no.” Not a chance. Let’s face it, Ryan as VP is pretty meaningless.

    Rosalie in reply to delicountessa. | August 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    On the other hand, with have O with a very meaningful agenda, and that is to fundamentally transform our country. Romney hasn’t changed my mind; Obama has.

      persecutor in reply to Rosalie. | August 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      As many of you know, I was not happy with Mittens and am still not drinking the Kool Aid. But his choice of Ryan helps me by allowing me not to hold my nose quite so hard when I pull the lever.

      If the alternative is Dear Leader, do we really have a choice?

    Juba Doobai! in reply to delicountessa. | August 12, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Then you want an America that is a Communist, welfare, slave-state kowtowing before every tin pot dictator on the global stage.

    I don’t like Romney and I’m watching Ryan carefully, but I’m not going to set them aside so that Obama can win and finish his destruction of our country.

    Instead, I’m going to donate to the RR campaign and to SarahPac, and I’m also going to restrain myself from voicing my discontents with the GOPe candidate. That restraint doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten my grievances with Romney. It just means I voluntarily set them aside, for the hour, to defeat Obama.

    Now, choose which side you’re on.

I think he took Boehner’s advice, and picked a policy guy to augment Mitt’s already captivating charisma.

Jeez… What a bad choice in this era of non and mis-information.

Michelle Malkin has made this noteworthy observation concerning Ryan’s speech. She considers the following his best statement:

“We will not replace our founding principles, we will reapply them.”

Let’s see how this plays out.
Andrea Mitchell’s protestations based upon who knows what?

Michelle Malkin’s assertions with plenty of Ryan’s history as a foundation.

Sign of what’s to come?

Midwest Rhino | August 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Special inspector general Barofsky just released his book “Bailout”. He lays bare the corruption of this administration in handling TARP.

Barofsky discloses how, in serving the interests of the banks, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his team worked with Wall Street executives to design programs that would funnel vast amounts of taxpayer money to their firms and would have allowed them to game the markets and make huge profits with almost no risk and no accountability, while repeatedly fighting Barofsky’s efforts to put the necessary fraud protections in place.

The harder fiscal choices we face might need to be highlighted with a dark background … the abject corruption that has been the Obama administration.

(I think that link gets you there thru this site, in case someone buys it)


Romney campaign spokeswomen Andrea Saul responds:

“Had Rep. Ryan thrown granny off the cliff in Massachusetts, she would have fallen into the arms of Romneycare, and her injuries treated free of charge.”

This is shaping up as the starkest contrast of visions since the 1984 Reagan-Mondale contest.

(I say “shaping up” with a wary eye on the RINOs on the campaign staff.)

Which Way, America?

(A) The way of the Founders/Framers
(B) The way of the EU/USSR/UN model

There’s no middle road. Moving toward a “compromising center” always means abandoning America’s founding principles. In this case (A) ALWAYS yields to (B); NEVER the other way. The pattern of “compromise” moves in one direction only, toward that of more government.

Do we want freedom FROM government via limited, constitutional government whereby government itself is bound by law, the way of the Framers, or do we want total government. Madison (Fed. 51) put it this way, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

Rather than government being dependent on the people, as Madison et alia had hoped, today we witness Obama and his crowd of leftists (including all historical lefties from Wilson, FDR, LBJ, et alia) inverting the Framers’ ideal to the point that the people, and as many as possible, must be made dependent on the government which will then go after the producers (“tax the rich” is only one of their many shibboleths) with a vengeance, a taste of which has been given to us beginning on 01/20/09.

Ryan is a pointer to the Framers’ vision.

    Frank Scarn in reply to pfg. | August 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    A great deal hangs on this election. If BO is re-elected, he will take that as America’s answer to your WHICH WAY question.

    Controlling how history is “taught” has been rewarding to the Left. A people that forgets how it arrived at its present station in life is quite likely to lose the skills necessary to sustain that station. The ever-expanding welfare class, useless individuals dependent on others for their living, is evidence that America is forgetting.

    From our perspective “public” education is an utter disaster. But for the Left having captured lots of cultural institutions, with public schooling being one of the most critical, has allowed it and its government-dependent, rabid minions to control the discourse. Do you remember how rabid the Wisconsin public employee unions behaved in their outbursts of 2011-2012, with the teachers especially so?

    Ragspierre in reply to raven. | August 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    “Of course they aren’t going to have the same view on every issue. But they both share the view that this election is a choice about two fundamentally different paths for this country. President Obama has taken America down a path of debt and decline. Romney and Ryan believe in a path for America that leads to more jobs, less debt and smaller government. So, while you might find an issue or two where they might not agree, they are in complete agreement on the direction that they want to lead America.”

    How is that “emasculation”?

    OcTEApi in reply to raven. | August 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    “There must be a pony in here somewhere!”

Now if only Romney and Ryan would swap positions on the ticket. Then I would be excited.

“This is not a pick for suburban moms, this is not a pick for women.”

I think they mean to say, “This is not a pick for liberal suburban moms who think abortion is the most important issue of any campaign, this is not a pick for liberal women who think abortion is the most important issue of any campaign.”

Because there are many of us who are very very happy with Ryan as the VP pick.


FYI … Michelle Malkin linked her lead post today about Paul Ryan to your website but the link is dead …

    William A. Jacobson in reply to mgparrish. | August 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Yeah, it was a link from a prior post of hers linking to the old blog. Posts are supposed to transfer over to the same post at the new url but it doesn’t always work.

Joan Of Argghh | August 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Anybody got a pool going on Wall Street’s open/close for Monday? Romney’s raised $1.2M four hours after Ryan’s speech. That’s quite the R.O.I. !

I’m generally quite mild mannered; but there is something about Andrea Mitchell that sets me off. I hope I never run into that old hag.

Anrea Mitchell is still re-running the 1992 election in her head.

    Frank Scarn in reply to tomg. | August 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    She married the Crypt Keeper Greenspan so she could avoid being tagged with the Spinster or Old Maid label. LOL.

I have been following LI for a couple of years now and have never felt compelled to comment. As a suburban mom I am thrilled with the Ryan pick. Andrea Mitchell has no idea what she is talking about. The ‘Sex and the City’ types who want free birth control aren’t happy with the pick, but they were never voting for Romney anyway. The soccer moms that I know are very worried about our children’s ability to prosper in the future and none of us buy this war on women garbage.

    Browndog in reply to amp. | August 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Welcome to LI comments.

    …were everyone’s view is a welcomed view…

    (Except for that one guy…and sometimes that other one)

    just kidding.

      Thanks very much. I love reading the professor’s take on things and the comments always offer an interesting perspective. I don’t have too much time to offer my $.02 as I am usually very busy keeping up with the kids (11,9, and 1).

We have a society whose government has increasingly adopted parasitic practices. By doing so, it engorges itself on the “life-blood” of what has made this such a great nation. When we examine the patient (our nation), we readily see the reasons for the anemia. (You know them – we hear it nearly daily).

Many people would be in favor of radical procedures to affect a cure. Not only am I uncertain as to whether this is possible, I am uncertain as to whether this would be wise. To bring about the desired health of our country requires a surgical skill few possess.

Our choices are few. We do nothing and we’ll become a national California-like state. Or, we continue to listen to the “snake oil” salespersons, who have yet to demonstrate how their product lives up to their claims. (They remind me of the bloodletters of old. Yes, they agree, the patient isn’t getting any better. However, if we drain a bit more blood, that ought to help. No! The patient isn’t getting any better, and is actually getting worse, because of your bloodletting). These two choices won’t do any longer.

We turn, then, to our third choice. Though they (Romney/Ryan) might not be the ideal in terms of background, training, and experience; they are about the health of the patient and will work, I believe, diligently to that end. Perhaps they recognize that too radical of procedures would be as bad as the ones of the last 3 1/2 years or none at all.

Should sufficient numbers recognize between now and November that they might not like the diagnosis, yet without the choice of the third option, the prognosis is dire, dire indeed. Sure the medicine, like cod liver oil, may not be so pleasant, it, nevertheless, may bring about the restoration of, at least, some health. So, over time, the patient may return to a robust health.

To allow another four (4) years of treating the patient as in the past is to commit ourselves to a slow, painful existence in which the parasite keeps the host alive only so it will have a life source. Can we honestly allow this any longer?

It’s not a pick for suburban moms or women who know that believing the Democrat lies about the Republicans’ E Coli Club and about enriching millionaires at the expense of Granny and 30-year olds demanding free contraception is a recipe for America’s suicide.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | August 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Couple of meaningless observations:

First, the footage showing the girls with the lemonade stand at the 1:00 mark is the same footage used in the Scott Brown ad. I’m assuming the same producer/film maker is behind both ads.

Second, with the possible exception of Paul Krugman, it’s hard to imagine a high profile, influential, opinion shaper who has written more angry and irrational words about Republicans in the past 20 years than Frank Rich. So using Frank Rich’s image and his own words (at the 0:16 mark) describing Ryan as “the intellectual of the conservative movement” in a Republican campaign ad is more satisfying than sex. I need a cigarette now, and I don’t even smoke.

Hot damn! That is a GREAT commercial (and generally I hate political commercials).

I’ll be honored to help finance running it.

Henry Hawkins | August 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm

The AFF ad is great.

The current crisis was predictable and, in fact, was predicted. From what I recall, there were even Republicans who attempted to raise an alarm, but to no avail. Granted, the emergent crisis is even more obvious, but that does not remove responsibility for the present crisis, irrespective of individuals, cooperatives, and policies which have served to exacerbate it. The key is to recognize that dreams of instant gratification cannot be fulfilled in the real world without consequences.

theyjustcantstop | August 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

mitchell,typical liberal agenda,theres no american women that will vote for romney/ryan,theres no blacks that will vote for romney/ryan,theres no latinos that will vote for romney/ryan,theres no one in the lgbt community going to vote for romney/ryan.
the above mentioned groups are americans,(we know you don’t reconize them without the hypen), but they are all americans,(for the most part),and they’ve lived this diaster the last 4 yrs..
i think theres enough americans wanting to keep it america,and knowing romney/ryan is their best,(only choice this time),to keep america alive for the future.

Henry Hawkins | August 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Ryan is already above water with seniors. That ought to smoke up the lib collective brain.

No. They will just deny reality until they can fabricate a push poll that says Ryan hates seniors and is mean to fluffy bunnies.

When reality does not suit Obama’s purposes he just makes up a new one.