At the opposite end of the political spectrum (or some spectrum) from Mark Thoma and Paul Krugman, there's Karl Denninger — also not a big fan of Paul Ryan. ~ Ilene
There are a few hard, fast rules in politics when you're playing on the top of the ticket.
The first is that picking someone that's dumber than a box-o-rocks may cost you the election, as the electorate may think about your untimely demise and whether they can live with the other party in the left seat.
The second is that picking someone who's smarter than you are isn't that good of an idea either, because then the electorate may wonder if they made the wrong choice for the top of the ticket.
And the third is that picking someone who's hated more than you are sometimes works politically, especially if you've got a bunch of rabid people who hate you (and who doesn't at this level of political activity?); their fire may be drawn to the VP pick.
Of course that can backfire and cause your opponent to concentrate his fire on you both.
The Republican presidential candidate called his new running mate a man of "steadiness" and "integrity." Speaking Saturday morning, Romney praised Ryan as an "intellectual leader" of the party, one who understands the toll the debt is taking on the country but is optimistic about the future.
Uh huh. That would be nice if it was true.
Unfortunately it's a lie.
And Ryan is one of the liars-in-chief in the House. If you need your memory refreshed may I recommend you read the following links:
here (discretionary budget, welfare reform, retirement security and more)
here (voted for and supported TARP)
here (Medicare, cost-shifting at gunpoint and more)
here (more Medicare lies)
here (Ryan's fraudulent — for the second time — budget proposal) and of course
here (Ryan's lies about the sequester ex-post-facto creating exemptions to it)
and that's just the last year or so of my coverage of this venomous, traitorous snake.
The problem with Ryan is that he's not a "conservative" at all. Beyond the fiscal mess documented up above — a mess he not only helped create but is promulgating and continuing, along with the explicit and implicit support of frauds up and down the line in our financial system via TARP and other schemes he also supports blatantly unconstitutional laws on top of it, including The Patriot Act, warrantless wiretaps, retroactive immunity for telecommunications firms that broke the law on warrant requirements and more.
This is a man who literally wakes up and looks for a tiny as-yet-unused corner of the Constitution with which to wipe his ass after the obligatory morning stop on the commode. Paired with Romney, who supported and signed a ban on guns that looked scary while governor of Massachusetts, to give Ryan the tie-breaking vote in the Senate is unthinkable.
This nation and her people need both a stick for our teeth and a good belt of whiskey, for indeed, given this "choice", here it comes.