Skimm Paul Ryan|
Mitt’s new mate
THE STORY: Mitt Romney chose a vice presidential running mate: Paul Ryan.
WHO THE F IS PAUL RYAN?: Mitt introduced his pick as the “next president of the United States.” Mistake? In that moment yes, (funny, Obama made the same mistake when he picked Biden) but overall, the Wisconsin Rep. was picked because he is seen as the future of the GOP.
THE WHY (DO I NEED TO SKIMM?): A Romney/Ryan ticket makes it clear that the campaign stands for something: a specific vision of what type of budget is needed to pull us out of our fiscal mess. The 2012 campaign was supposed to be all about the economy. Voters will get some of that but be prepared to hear about Medicare every day until November. Game on, 2012.
REPEAT AFTER ME…
What to say on a date… Do you have a wild side like Romney? I know that’s not a phrase you hear everyday, but Romney’s pick of Ryan is a bold one. As House Budget Committee Chairman, Ryan introduced a controversial budget that included big cuts to entitlement programs.
What to say when you’re backed into a corner… I’m going to pull a Mitt Romney and try to make everybody happy! By picking Paul Ryan, the Democrats are happy since they get to attack his budget, which they think leaves old people in the dust. And conservatives are happy because Ryan gives the campaign a clear definition. More moderate Republicans are a little unhappy because it draws attention to the controversial Ryan budget, but hey- you can’t please them all.
What to say at a family dinner… If Romney/Ryan win and Ryan gets to enact his budget cuts, which Romney backed, will Grandpa’s healthcare suffer? Ryan believes in big changes to Medicare by privatizing with partial government subsidies. He also believes in partially privatizing social security (actually calls it “private accounts”), so we should all start studying what that means if we want to retire one day.
What to say at brunch with your girlfriends… You better not forget to take your pill because Paul Ryan is anti-abortion and he and Romney plan on repealing Obamacare, which will strip women of the health care services (cancer screenings, birth control) that were just starting to become affordable.
What the Democrats are going to say… Paul Ryan is the Prom King of one of America’s least favorite institutions: Congress. He hasn’t held a statewide office and has no concrete foreign policy experience, and he can’t even see Russia from his house. He has no private sector experience, which is odd because that is Romney’s crowning achievement. He does have a lot of experience in cutting aid for the old and poor. Watch out though- he’s from Wisconsin. We need that state!
What to say when you’re having a bad hair day… Ugh, I am so jealous of Paul Ryan.