It’s “Paul Ryan is a serious wonk” season again!

Paul Ryan (Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Salon – Alex Pareene

The Washington Post admires Paul Ryan’s very bold plan to fight poverty by replacing food stamps with dreams

Wow, is it “Paul Ryan is a serious, brilliant, policy-focused wonk with a dynamic and inclusive vision for the future of the Republican Party” season again already? It comes earlier every year. Thanks, Washington Post, for this brilliant example of the genre.
Paul Ryan is ready to move beyond last year’s failed presidential campaign and the budget committee chairmanship that has defined him to embark on an ambitious new project: Steering Republicans away from the angry, nativist inclinations of the tea party movement and toward the more inclusive vision of his mentor, the late Jack Kemp.

I guess it’s nice that Paul Ryan is going to help lead the Republicans away from those crazy Tea Partyers just one short year after Mitt Romney named him his running mate in part because, as the Times said at the time, “Ryan Brings the Tea Party to the Ticket.” So, what is the new focus?

Since February, Ryan (R-Wis.) has been quietly visiting inner-city neighborhoods with another old Kemp ally, Bob Woodson, the 76-year-old civil rights activist and anti-poverty crusader, to talk to ex-convicts and recovering addicts about the means of their salvation.

Oh, good, Paul Ryan is parachuting into “inner-city neighborhoods” to bring back compassionate conservatism. Tell us more about the sober, admirable seriousness of the endeavor that is Paul Ryan solves poverty.

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Paul Ryan’s strengths and weaknesses

NBC News

By NBC’s Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro

With all signs pointing to Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan as his VP running mate tomorrow in Norfolk, VA, Romney went bold. And here is First Read’s looks at the strengths and weaknesses Ryan would bring the GOP presidential ticket.


  • As chairman of the House Budget Committee, the 42-year-old Ryan is a young rising star in the GOP, and has become their chief spokesman when it comes to reducing the deficit and debt.
  • Romney picking Ryan as his running mate would signal that he’s doubling down on an austerity/deficit-reduction message. Indeed, while the Obama campaign and Democrats could point to visible improvements with the economy over the past three years (a lower unemployment rate, stronger GDP growth), there hasn’t been much progress in reducing the deficit. The deficit was $1.4 trillion in FY ’09$1.3 trillion in ’10$1.5 trillion in ’11 (projected); and $1.1 billion in ’12 (projected).
  • Ryan hails from a battleground state — Wisconsin — where polls show Romney currently trailing Obama. Obama actually won Ryan’s district in 2008, 51%-47%.
  • Comfort level: When Romney campaigned with Ryan in the lead-up to the April 3 Wisconsin primary, the two men demonstrated a rapport that we haven’t seen with other Romney surrogates.
  • He would be a person who could please both the conservative intelligentsia and the Tea Party base.


  • Ryan’s budget plan has become a lightning rod, and it will be a focus of Democratic attacks in the fall. The most controversial component of the plan is that it significantly transforms Medicare, which is regarded as the government’s most popular program.
  • In addition to Medicare, Ryan was one of the driving forces to partially privatize Social Security after George W. Bush’s victory in the 2004 presidential election.
  • There are also holes in Ryan’s budget-hawk armor: He voted for some of the biggest drivers of the deficit/debt — the Bush tax cuts, the Iraq war, and the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, all of which weren’t paid for. Moreover, Ryan voted against the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles recommendations.
  • Has never held statewide office and has no foreign-policy experience. Both could be liabilities.
  • As a member of Congress, Ryan currently works in — and is a relatively high-profile member of — one of America’s least popular institutions.
  • And while Romney has criticized Obama for not having private-sector experience, the same is largely true of Ryan: As the New Yorker has written, Ryan briefly worked for his family’s business as a “marketing consultant,” but most of his adult life has been spent as a congressman, congressional aide, or speechwriter/analyst at Jack Kemp’s Empower America think tank.

Glenn Beck Obama Bashing Guest, Dinesh D’Souza, Has Some Ugly Baggage

Dinesh D’Souza wrote a scathing piece about Barack Obama in  Forbes, (9.27.10) in which he proclaimed merely by his own assumption that President Obama is actually channeling his dead father’s “anti-colonial” political philosophy:

 “…[O]ur President is trapped in his father’s time machine. Incredibly, the U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s. This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. The son makes it happen, but he candidly admits he is only living out his father’s dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is governed by a ghost.”

News Hounds

Last week, Glenn Beck’s guest, Dinesh D’Souza, presented his “facts” about Barack Obama. These “facts” were culled from D’Souza’s latest screed about Obama – including the comment that Obama “is motivated by Kenyan anti-colonialism.” Salon’s Alex Parenne describes D’Souza’s book, “as a new and unique way of making a moderate pragmatic Democrat sound like a horrible monster bent on the destruction of America and enslavement of its people.” Daniel Larsen, in “The American Conservative,” describes it as “the most ridiculous piece of Obama analysis yet written.” Pullitzer Prize winning journalist, Eugene Robinson, refers to it as “gibberish.” Former Catholic and now “born again,” D’Souza was a Reagan policy advisor and is the newly appointed head of King’s College, a Christian evangelical college with close ties to the cultish “Campus Crusade for Christ.” He is also the author of a plethora of right wing tomes among them “The End of Racism” which called for whites to “get over” its racial guilt and “The Enemy at Home” which blames liberals for 9-11. But good Christian and Obama basher, D’Souza has some junk in the trunk.

While at Dartmouth, where he dated Laura Ingraham, D’Souza “and his fellow Dartmouth Review staffers broke into the Gay Student organization files and from the mailing list outed gay students, ate shrimp cocktail and lobster on the patio of the Hanover Inn while their classmates fasted for OXFAM’s annual World Hunger Day, and secretly taped professors in classrooms to raise ad hominem attacks on faculty, calling them Marxist, Third World and preachers of leftist politics.” This behavior was so egregious that conservative Dartmouth Review Supporters William F Buckley and Jack Kemp terminated their financial ties with the publication. These are “facts” about D’Souza that Glenn Beck won’t be citing!

Check out how, when D’Souza who tries to say that the left share traits with Islamic terrorist, Stephen Colbert points out that those who espouse “traditional values,” have lots in common with fundamentalist Muslims!

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