Posted by wheres John Galt, a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm
Ted: I find it as amazing as all the other democrats that Romney picked Ryan. He is NOT a fiscal conservative (he voted for everything Bush wanted.) He wants to privatize Social Security in a way that even Bush/Cheney though was reckless (Bush called it "irresponsible"). Ryan co-sponsored a trans-vaginal ultrasound bill like the one in Virginia (how's that for 'small' government, Ayn!) The list goes on.
Already behind in most of the swing states, this Ryan pick pretty much lock's the race for the White House and gives the Dems a leg up on the (formerly improbable task of keeping the) Senate. While the Dems were favored to gain a few House seats, this GOP ticket may be the gamechanger Nancy Pelosi was looking for to return as Speaker.
Locally, on this forum, I see less of the usual conservations and fringe libertarians posting (anecdotally, of course.) Are they in shock? Ted's Ayn Rand post, in the old days, would have been bombarded by the few, vocal libertarians that post here.
Maybe they all read this from Politico and are going through the 7 early stages of Romney Ryan loss grief (now in denial):
GOP PROS PRIVATELY PANICKING ABOUT RYAN PICK:
"Away from the cameras, and with all the usual assurances that people aren't being quoted by name, there is an unmistakable consensus among Republican operatives in Washington:Romney has taken a risk with Ryan that has only a modest chance of going right - and a huge chance of going horribly wrong ," Alex Burns, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin report. "In more than three dozen interviews with Republican strategists and campaign operatives - old hands and rising next-generation conservatives alike - the most common reactions to Ryan ranged from gnawing apprehension to hair-on-fire anger that Romney has practically ceded the election. It is not that the public professions of excitement about the Ryan selection are totally insincere. It is that many of the most optimistic Republican operatives will privately acknowledge that their views are being shaped more by fingers-crossed hope than by a hard-headed appraisal of what's most likely to happen. And the more pessimistic strategists don't even feign good cheer: They think the Ryan pick is a disaster for the GOP.
Many of these people don't care that much about Romney - they always felt he faced an improbable path to victory - but are worried that Ryan's vocal views about overhauling Medicare will be a millstone for other GOP candidates in critical House and Senate races."
Along with the first four days of the Romney Ryan team being a disaster (they can't even figure out who''s budget to use, which plan to kill Medicare with, or whose tax cut plan for the 1% to stand behind!) it seems that conservatives are in for a very long 85 days.
Enjoy the Republican convention and try to pretend you don't know you're crowning a ticket that will lose by over 100 electoral votes, dragging the down ticket ballots for the House and Senate with them. With Ryan losing in November and out for 2016, and Christie likely to lose next year, who will the GOP re-group around in 2016?