I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Paul Ryan

Charles Pierce has a great piece on why Paul Ryan will not be Romney's savior.  You remember Paul Ryan -the budget wonk who was reading Ayn Rand during his 8th grade math class.

One of the abiding weaknesses of the zombie-eyed granny-starver always has been that he completely believes everything that an innumerate elite Beltway press has said about him as a budget wonk.
The fact that Ryan's math doesn't work out doesn't really bother the Beltway press.  Well, Paul Ryan believes he is a genius and is apparently upset that the campaign is not taking advantage of the genius.  The always entertaining Jennifer Rubin:

The core factor in the search for a new message, aides say privately, was the August jobs report. The anemic job growth was widely viewed as bad news for Obama even as the unemployment rate dropped due to people leaving the workforce. But the national shrug confirmed Romney campaign concerns that the most visible economic indicator would remain muddled through Election Day. Ryan himself has emerged as a central player in this calculation, making the case internally for a clearer conservative policy message. One high level Republican with ties to the campaign told BuzzFeed that Ryan was chaffing at Boston constraining him from talking about and defending his policy ideas from Democratic attacks. Ryan wanted to be "unleashed," the Republican said.
No one who bases his economics on a 3rd rate writer of fiction with no training in economics should be taken seriously.  
Pierce again:

First of all, and I hate to take up for Willard Romney here, but who the fk are you when you're at home? You are running for vice-president. You are running for the chance to stand mournfully over the graves of freshly deceased foreign leaders. You are running for the opportunity to greet the guy who caught the biggest bass on ESPN last year. You are not running to be President of Policy Ideas, largely because, every time you release another phony "budget," even Republicans who voted for it out of pure herd instinct wind up hiding behind the drapes when you come down the hall.
Indeed, Paul Ryan Will Not Be Saving the Romney Campaign

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