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ROMNEY to announce Paul Ryan as his V.P. pick @ 9:00 a.m. ET

The real news?  It’s the economy and we’re not stupid.” Mitt Romney has underlined “it’s the economy” with his selection of Paul Ryan, a budget whiz who is clearly “presidential timber.” And how.

The Obama camp claims it’s thrilled because they believe they can hammer Romney and Ryan on Social Security, Medicare, etc. But, warns Wolf Blitzer, Obama’s people had best be careful, and he reminded viewers how Ronald Reagan was minimized as a has-been actor, with Democrats elated that that ancient has-been codger would be their opponent. Blitzer’s message to Obama’s supporters? “Be careful what you wish for.”

Drudge’s main headline link goes to the Weekly Standard’s “Romney Prepares to Pick Ryan.”

“Combo” screenshots of Drudge’s home page:

H/t JRTerrier. CNN is carrying this live at this moment (9:26 p.m. PT). Fox News is airing a commercial (9:44 p.m. PT). MSNBC is carrying the story live with Andrea Mitchell (9:44 p.m. PT). Fox News’s coverage is the weakest of the three cable news channels by using some third-string anchor I’ve never seen before and a “reporter” (the digital political editor for the Web site – huh?). Surprising and disappointing.

MSNBC’s MITCHELL CONFIRMS it’s Paul Ryan. An MSNBC reporter says that Paul Ryan’s wife and his three children were seen at the Nauticus Museum, home of USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia.

[Earlier, @ 9:30 p.m. ET] CNN lists Paul Ryan, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Tim Pawlenty … apparently gathered with Romney in VIRGINIA (Norfolk) for announcement “8 or 9 hours from now” …

Here are Drudge’s links and the photo, now identified:



Will Announce His Running Mate at 9AM ET Saturday in Norfolk…
At Nauticus Museum, home of USS Wisconsin…

SOURCES: Final names were Ryan, Rubio, Pawlenty, Christie, Portman and one unnamed wild card… Developing…
ROMNEY MADE CALLS LATE TONIGHT TO THOSE WHO DID NOT GET SLOT…

Drudge’s Main Headline:

ROMNEY VP WEEKEND

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  • Hokma

    Ryan’s speech was tremendous and perfectly set the stage for an election about the core principals of the United States. Without stating it directly, Ryan drew the line in the sand stating that this was an election about the founding principals of our country that were based on natural law versus the direction our country has taken and was now on the verge of converting into full scale socialism under Obama and radical Democrats.

    What Romney and Ryan need to do immediately if I were their advisor, would be to go to Florida and literally sit with as many senior citizens as possible and tell them the truth about the Ryan/Wyden plan for medicare and dispel the ,lies that Obama and democrats are still perpetrating. Put Obama on the defenseive and leave him no room for demonization which is his only campaign strategy,

    • Flop_Flipper

      They should stop off and grab Wyden first.

      • Hokma

        Then Obama will Cory Booker Wyden.

    • getfitnow

      America is an Idea…..

      I think I just got a thrill up my leg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/floyda.john Floyd A John

    What a joke of a Veep selection; Eddie Munster can only help Rmoney corral a White Horse Prophecy

    • Hokma

      Obot alert. Warn us when you wish to engage in profanity as you have done elsewhere.

      • Flop_Flipper

        Seems like every word is vile. Doesn’t that count as profanity?

  • arabella_trefoil

    NYT e-version claims Ryan’s the pick. Anybody who thinks Mittens made the wrong choice fails to understand a few things. First of all Romney is a master Jedi mind manipulator. Second Ryan is a lightening deflector. Third, Ryan hails from the midwest. Fourth, the debate between Ryan and Biden will be hilarious. Fifth, it’s early days yet to make any judgements.
    Fret not.

  • getfitnow

    FYI:

    Follow Paul Ryan on Twitter… new account:

    @PaulRyanVP

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Will sign up NQ’s Twitter account to “follow” PaulRyanVP. Hell, I’d follow him in person if I could.

  • getfitnow

    I had to grab this comment from another site, It says it all. tee hee!
    ******************
    “After four years of Obama, we need some R & R!”

    • HARP2

      I`m stealing that for sure.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      That is so fantastic, it’s a keeper. I will try to remember to use that. Some phrases are meant to be exploited.

      Getfitnow, you’ve made a great contribution to all of us as well as “R & R” — ha!

  • KenoshaMarge

    I am a big Ryan fan and not a fan of this choice. He is needed in the House Of Representatives IMO. Also, as he is MY congressman I hate to think of the repulsive attacks that will be made against him, his wife and his kids. There is no low too low for the left to go.

    • Flop_Flipper

      I am in agreement with you but trying to remain optimistic. My sense is that Romney has decided that the country needs an honest awakening about the fiscal crisis we really are in. They certainly won’t get that from the Obama team despite their cheerleading. So rather than bamboozle the nation with lofty promises never meant to be kept, we will have a campaign about reality.

      This is a risky move and certainly has some downsides, namely the attempts by team Obama to paint the R&R team as out to kill old ladies and stuff because they insist upon dealing with our problems rather than glossing over them, lying their ass off, blaming someone else for their incompetence and passing them down the road for future generations to live with. So in this sense I think Ryan is a great pick.

      As to your legitimate concern that Ryan’s family will be attacked I’m fairly certain that the Romney camp (and allies) has already fired a warning shot to put the Obama folks on notice that they aren’t going to put up with it. And I suspect that they are holding onto ammunition just in case the message doesn’t get across.

      • HARP2

        No teleprompter needed and I think one of Ryan`s biggest assets is he is believable.

      • getfitnow

        Any pick would get the sludge treatment from the left.
        I think to have someone in the Executive Branch that is a policy wonk, particularly budget is vital. Also, his experience in congress gives him that added inside-baseball knowledge. Like many, but Johnson comes to mind, Ryan will know whose cage to rattle to get things done.

        I recall Hillary being admierd for her “wonkiness.”

        I will not miss the V debate. Hope Biden makes it.

      • arabella_trefoil

        When I took martial arts classes these are the rules we were taught about applying what we learned:
        1) Don’t look like a victim/prey.
        2) Always be aware of your surroundings.
        3) If confronted, do not engage. Stand aside.
        4) If this doesn’t work, throw your arms out wide, make yourself look big and YELL in an assertive voice “Keep away from me!”
        Then if you need to engage your attacker, use what you know. In tai chi, this mainly consists of using your attackers momentum against him so that he winds up face down on the ground. But there are may other methods. I was taught how to poke an attackers eyes, chop his larynx with the side of my hand, and grab and squeeze his balls.
        Bottom line – preparation and assessing your attacker is 90% of being safe. Don’t escalate until you have to. If neccessary, go nuke on the attacker, but aim for the easily accessible and vulnerable places. Don’t waste energy and stay calm.

      • KenoshaMarge

        No message will get through to the likes of scum like Bill Burton and Stephanie Cutter. The ads are who they are. The attacks on Ann Romney show where they will go.
        Meanwhile here’s a Ryan family picture…

        • Flop_Flipper

          I am not concerned about Burton or Cutter. They have been exposed for the lying, soulless, immoral hacks that they truly are. By their own party.

          • getfitnow

            Cutter has reneged or declined some Sunday show appearance since the “outing.”

            • Flop_Flipper

              She really didn’t need to come out of the closet. Not as if she was anywhere hiding. She is the poster child for the true maxim that you can put lipstick on a pig.

              • buzzlatte3

                People may not follow politics but they are fed up with lies and month after month of Obama spreading more lies. Make the Obama campaign responsible for every dirty nasty trick they all pull and you’ve got America on your side.

          • KenoshaMarge

            We and other political junkies know who and what they are. Most of America? I think not. Many of the people I know, and argue with, get their “news” from the Morning Shows. Neither Today, CBS Morning nor Good Morning America mentioned the scummy ads.
            Those who watch FOX and Friends know. But their audience is miniscule compared to the others.
            Total Viewers:
            NBC: 5.965M / ABC: 4.359M / CBS: 2.251M / FOX and Friends: 1.057M
            A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.497M / ABC: 1.642M / CBS: 853K / FOX and Friends: 324K

            • Flop_Flipper

              Once the Romney (and allied) ads hit the airwaves people will know. They won’t be able to avoid not knowing. What they do with the information is up for speculation. But they will be unable to feign ignorance.

  • Hokma

    Now I know why Huntsman was never on anyone’s list.

    There was always something that disturbed me about Jon Huntsman – something that was very disingenuous. When he was on the stage with those other candidates he always seemed to be the one who just didn’t fit in.

    Well now we have our answer.

    Jon Huntsman is reported to be speaking at the Democratic Convention. In addition he came out and is criticizing the Romney Tax Plan. And if this report is true, he may be Harry Reid’s source concerning Romney not paying taxes.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/10/sources-former-gop-candidate-huntsman-to-speak-at-DNC-convention

    If this report is true it dispels the view by some on this blog that Huntsman was a conservative and a better candidate than Romney.

    It would also show that Huntsman is nothing more than a whiney fraud. I can understand the jealousy Huntsman has of Romney. While Romney stepped away from his father and started his own company and his own wealth – with Huntsman’s father being one of the initial investors, all Huntsman did was take over his daddy’s company and never did anything on his own. While Huntsman is from Utah and did become their governor, it was Romney that was asked by the Utah Olympics Organizing Committee to come back and save the Olympic games there – not Huntsman.

    Huntsman has gotten as far as the coat tails of his daddy could drag him while Romney has always been his own man. If this report is true it would show that it must be a source of great frustration for Junior Huntsman.

    • Flop_Flipper

      Don’t think there has been any official confirmation that Huntsman is doing this. But if it is true, I’d characterize it as payback temper tantrum from Huntsman because he really thought he was the right guy for the Republican nomination and got all pouty and stuff when it became immediately obvious that there was no real traction from anyone of any significance that agreed with him. Put all of his eggs in one basket and someone stepped on it.

      On the bright side, if it is true then maybe Huntsman will give his speech in Mandarin, confirming Obama’s Communist roots.

      • Hokma

        “On the bright side, if it is true then maybe Huntsman will give his speech in Mandarin, confirming Obama’s Communist roots.”

        LOL but true.

    • getfitnow

      Who? (smile)

  • Steve_in_KC

    Ryan, huh… well, I can see a certain logic to it. I’ve read all the comments posted so far and I agree with most of the observations a la Ryan being a ready-made target for OFA, and being another boring white guy, but I think tokenism would have cheapened Romney’s campaign, whether the token is a female (a dangerous choice after Palin), or a minority (sorry, but that would appear to be pure tokenism).

    So a boring white guy was a predictable and safe choice. Ryan probably has the most recognition of the choices I’ve seen mentioned. Anyone who watched him take Obamacare apart on that broadcast Obama arranged certainly came away with some respect for Ryan. That’s the same thing that makes the Dems call him out for their hatred.

    My big question is whether he can be the attack dog the VP choice is traditionally. Obviously, this is a choice that sticks to the “economy” issues, and that probably makes it the smart choice for thinkers. But what about the ignorant masses? Will this ticket go to the gut for the common people? I sure hope so, but I worry about it. I have to see Ryan play his cards to decide that.

    On the other hand, would an attack dog help in this campaign? OFA is playing it so dirty, we want to see the Romney team return fire in kind, but maybe shaming OFA is the better approach than matching them hit for hit.

    • Flop_Flipper

      Ryan is pretty effective on the stump. And he can give as well as he gets. So I’m not too concerned with his abilities. But, of course, he does have a large imaginary target painted on his back placed there by the Democrats. Or to be more specific, likely placed there by Harry Reid’s imaginary friend(s). Had to make it plural because I’m pretty sure Harry talks to dead people, just like Pelosi.

    • KataKimbe

      It’s funny how people call it tokenism, just like Rubio would not be equally qualified..

      • Steve_in_KC

        I’m sorry if that sounded bigoted. I was referring to “appearances,” how it would be perceived by the voting public. I think it would a turn-off to most voters if they thought a VP candidate was picked primarily for their ethnicity to counter Obama’s ethnicity. If Rubio, Jindal, or any other non-white candidate could gain the nomination, I’d be all too happy to support them. I’d also feel differently if Romney was running against a white candidate, in which case the ethnicity of his VP choice would not be an issue. It’s just the idea that “because of Obama’s ethnicity, we need an ethnic non-white to balance the ticket” that I think would reek of tokenism.

    • DianaLC

      Ryan’s “attacks” always seem to simply be discussions in which he gets a knock out through civility, knowledge, and reason. I don’t think he will need to do much in the way of nastiness as the OFA slime will be doing that and making themselves seem more low than before. The only people not able to listen to Ryan’s reasons will be people like our dear lola who have no brains since they gave up all thinking ability by becoming connected to the Obama Matrix.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    I like Ryan, an honest dude.
    Seriously are the dems going to play the whole, “Ryan’s going to throw granny off the cliff”.

    hell, I was a dem, a very loyal dem, and I still believe in a safety net for people, SS, Medicare… but seriously they are going BROKE!, and not by a little and not slowly… but by big amounts and very fast.

    Entitlements have to be fixed, no one is getting rid of them, Ryan was very good at explaining his plan, I thought it was a good plan. Now I’m just one ex-dem – now independent, but I have to believe there are millions more like me, these throwing granny off the cliff ads don’t work on me anymore.

    They did for many years, but now? I could care less, I want solutions!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/N4NSPJQH5LFRMKI5SRWCLYMQWU Aaron

      The thing is that current seniors would not be affected in anyway with the Ryan plan, and the people he wants to cut future Medicare payments to are the ones who are just like Mitt Romney, those who can afford to pay for their own medical insurance when they reach the age of qualification for assistance….you know, the ones who the democrats want to “pay their fair share.”

      • getfitnow

        The thing is that current seniors
        would not be affected in anyway with the Ryan plan,
        ***********************
        That point has to be made loud and clear. The DEMS always talk over that point.

        • KenoshaMarge

          Not so much talk over as just plain lie.

  • jrterrier

    From Ryan’s facebook page:
    Favorite Quotations
    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

    - Theodore Roosevelt

    • Flop_Flipper

      Exactly why Teddy is on Mt. Rushmore. He walked the walk.

  • BronwynsHarbor

    My boney buns are killing me and I have to lie down … back soonest.

    • Flop_Flipper

      So what is it with boney butt syndrome? I am similarly afflicted. It’s like someone reached into the womb and stole my ass before I was born. If I wasn’t certain it has to be genetic, I would swear that Obama stole it from me. He has magical powers you know. I haven’t quite figured out how he could do it considering our age difference but his parents were somehow able to do their magic in Selma so it may be something he inherited from them. Keeps me up late at night pondering……

    • arabella_trefoil

      Bronwyn is afflicted with white girl butt, as my friends call it.

  • KataKimbe

    Reading the liberal blogs I really see Ryan as being a less than good choice. I am so tired of the talking heads in D.C. and the professional campaign people. I am now preparing myself for 4 more.

    Comments:

    “Obama for the win, carries FL too. Seniors like Social Security . . . and they like the fact that it is supposed to be there for their adult children too.”

    “So Ryan covers the far right for him… but Mr. “I’m friends with NASCAR team owners”, Mr. “self-deport”, Mr. Ive paid a lower tax rate than most of you still has to appeal to middle class, moderate, and Hispanic Americans. Obama’s got this one in the bag.”

    “Ryan will be popular with the right-wing extremists that make up the conservative base…and independents and seniors will go running to the sanity of the Democratic Party!”

    “I hope it’s Ryan. Mitt needs a shot at the rich, bland white guy vote!”

    “And the pick is…(unexcited drum roll)…a boring white guy who can hide behind the illustrious shadow that is Willard Romney.”

    I really hope this is all a fake out. Why can’t the make a more colorful choice. I am pissed off. As usual.

    • jrterrier

      But that’s the point. The Ryan plan, which is now the Ryan-Wyden (D-OR) plan, doesn’t touch Social Security for present retirees and preserves it for the future.

      The liberal blogs are idiots. Ryan is blue-collar, Catholic, smart. If Romney had picked Rubio, they would have shredded Rubio to shreds and called him a token. They had already set up the Rubio is a liar meme.

      This from the report the Social Security Trustees published in 2010:

      “As a result of changes to Social Security enacted in 1983, benefits are now expected to be payable in full on a timely basis until 2037, when the trust fund reserves are projected to become exhausted.1 ” So, if you are 40 today, there won’t be any SS for you and that’s if things don’t get worse.
      http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v70n3/v70n3p111.html

      • KataKimbe

        Those not interested in politics won’t be excited by Ryan. Sorry… I tend to agree and I like the guy.

        • jrterrier

          it’s a dangerous pick for Romney but it’s a little bit like the Clinton/Gore ticket.
          Romney/Ryan doubles down on savvy-on-the-economy crew. So if Americans are ready to try a coherent fiscal policy, R/R is the ticket. If they are still looking for empty rhetoric (a/k/a bullsh#t), now laced with divisiveness, keep the incumbents.

        • jrterrier

          Here, Kata, maybe this clip of Ryan talking to the President about Obamacare will make you feel better. Don’t miss the look on the President’s face:
          http://youtu.be/zPxMZ1WdINs

          • KataKimbe

            I like Ryan and his conviction to deal with the financial situation. I just don’t think he will get the necessary draw from those who are not as into this as we are. Just my opinion. Hope I am wrong if he is chosen. He is too easy to attack in my opinion. At least with Rubio, we could always throw back the race card at them like they have done to us for the last 4 years. I am not worried about serious people… but those stragglers who are not paying attention. All they know is that he is the one who will take away their goodies… and MSNBC will push that angle. It would be harder for MSNBC to go after Rubio, Rice or similar. It’s pathetic… but it is. Ryan better become more like Christie in his manners as well… no more sitting back with the Obama people playing dirty. Go for broke or go home. I am just not excited… hope it will change. Because if I can’t get there… neither will any of those on the government’s dollar.

            • jrterrier

              MSNBC would have gone after Rubio. Look at what they did in the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin death. Zimmerman is 50% latino, his complexion is darker than Rubio’s and they just made it a racial story.

              Ryan will make Romney more at ease. You can see that they interacted well together when Ryan campaigned with Romney during the WI primary. Ryan is real blue collar, Catholic; you won’t get the Rubio emotional pull but I think he will be very attractive; he comes accross as an earnest person. He makes Biden & Obama so passe, like used car salesmen.

              Don’t know that he will appeal to latinos in the way that Rubio would have but he will appeal to Latinos and other young people concerned with their financial future.

              One of my kids, who worked at a good job for the first time was really shocked at the amount of taxes that were withheld from his paycheck. Ryan will appeal to that group of young people; to suburban families; and to Reagan DEMS.

              • getfitnow

                Hopefully people will listen to the message, which speaks to ALL Americans. That’s what Romney said in his NAACP speech. No pandering, please. The DEMS have made a fine art out of it and too many Repubs are too afraid of being painted as racist to speak with conviction. I hope we really can move away from this divisiveness.

                • jrterrier

                  i’m sure they’ll trot out the mormon’s faith previous stance on blacks. although maybe they won’t for fear that it will bring back the rev wright garbage.
                  and other divisive issues.

              • KataKimbe

                I tend to disagree. But whatever. Time will tell. I hope my feelings will be proven wrong.

            • Flop_Flipper

              If they want to play the race card then bring it on. Who have been hurt the most in the Obama economy? Blacks and Hispanics. So wouldn’t that imply that Obama is being a racist?

              • KataKimbe

                I hope you are right.

          • Flop_Flipper

            Ryan knows this stuff backwards and forwards, can speak with authority, without notes and just lays it on the line. I love it.

            Was trying to read the thought bubbles popping out of Obama’s head but somehow it got lost in translation. I was never very good at Obamaspeak. It was obvious he was pissed and wondering the whole time how he was going to take Ryan down.

            • getfitnow

              There are some other great clips of him vs–Debbie Stabenauw (sp, sorry) and Tim tax-cheat.

          • KataKimbe

            I have seen that and already said I like Ryan. I just don’t think he has name recognition much and only time will tell if he brings in those extra votes.

        • Flop_Flipper

          They might not be excited but they may be comforted that he is someone that actually knows how to balance a budget. Unlike Biden and that Obama feller.

          • getfitnow

            I’ve had enough “excitement” to last a life time. Some may not be “excited”, but willing to “rally,” That’s the important thing.

          • KataKimbe

            I hope you are right.

    • Flop_Flipper

      I wouldn’t be forming my opinions based upon what some looney leftist thinks. Let them think they have things in the bag, pop corks of champagne and all that.

      We have major problems in this country. We need jobs and we are spending well beyond our means. Romney is an expert on the first problem and Ryan is an expert on the other.

      If this election is about perception then yes, it will likely result in failure. If it is about seriously addressing these issues that every American knows in the core of their being need fixed then R&R have a pretty good shot. Certainly within the 51% range, if not well above it.

  • jrterrier

    Fox had Ed Rollins on the phone. Didn’t seem completely enthused about Ryan. I think Rollins thought he should have picked Rubio. That scares me because Rollins is very politically savvy.

    • HARP2

      “The beauty of picking Paul Ryan is that to attack him, you have to talk about the economy.”

      • jrterrier

        They also have to take on the Catholic Ryan, with the three or four cute kids.

        • HARP2

          I just have a feeling that Ryan is head fake and Rubio or Walker is the pick

          • jrterrier

            maybe. although i thought someone on one of the cable channels said that Rubio had confirmed he wasn’t it.

          • KataKimbe

            See, those two excites me… but it has been reported that those not chosen have been notified. Not sure why they would do that so public… and not wait til tomorrow.

          • Flop_Flipper

            Wasn’t there supposed to be an app for the decision prior to the announcement? Has it been reported anywhere that someone with the app received confirmation?

            • Flop_Flipper

              Never mind. I just confirmed the app announcement myself.

            • arabella_trefoil

              Yeah. The app is Romney opening his mouth and speaking the words “I have chosen Paul Ryan to be my running mate.”

        • arabella_trefoil

          I’m a Catholic. Catholics are tough. We were raised on tales of martyrs and enduring persecution. We are strong in faith, honor, loyalty, and compassion. Not too different from Mormons in a way. (And I am of one nine kids.)

      • BronwynsHarbor

        Yup. But surely Romney’s people have anticipated this and have plenty of ammo ready.

        And, if Romney’s people aren’t ready, it will be a disaster of epic proportions.

        STILL, I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO FALL IN LOVE WITH PAUL RYAN. Most of them don’t know Ryan. He will be a new face to them … just as Sarah Palin was.

        Ryan has incomparable experience, economic know-how, an agile mind, a natural dignity about him — the kind of dignity that CANNOT be faked.

        Portman and Pawlenty would have been boring choices that wouldn’t have given Romney a single vote.

        Rubio has some slightly shady history … and, when I saw Rubio with his wife on the Hannity one-hour Rubio special, I noticed an OBVIOUS strain in that marriage. Rubio could not conceal his disdain for how his wife answered Hannity’s questions. And Rubio NEVER looked at her except when forced to. She struck me as bright but superficial.

        Whatever their issues, something is very wrong in that marriage. And I bet that Romney’s sleuths unearthed more about Rubio than we will ever know … none of it good.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          And yes, I will stand by my observations of Rubio and his wife. It’s often been a problem for me, but also a life-saver: My “feel” for people and their relationships. My mother was exceptionally great at “reading people,” and I give her all credit for any awareness I may possess. I just wish that I expressed my awareness more often, but I am too shy to say what I know that I know.

          • arabella_trefoil

            C’mon, Bronwyn. Sing out sister. Preach it.

        • jrterrier

          Portman would have been interesting. He is a lot edgier than he appears. But he would have brought up the whole back to the future theme that OFA wants to hang on Romney because of Portman’s ties to W.
          I think you are right about Rubio although like Obama he probably is a very good politician and he is a very good substantive speaker.

        • KataKimbe

          To sit in judgment of another’s marriage is just ridiculous. I saw the same interview and we discussed it on here. I do not agree.

          • yheitman

            I agree with you KataKimbe. I saw a young woman scared to death to be on Hannity’s program. I did not see disdain at all from Rubio toward his wife. I guess people see what they want to see. I also agree that Ryan is a boring choice. Can’t get excited about him at all. Romney needed to get someone young and charismatic in there (like Rubio). Hillaryis44.com has an excellent article posted today about Rubio. I, being of Mexican heritage, would have loved having Rubio on the ticket. It made things exciting and I can’t put into words how disappointed I am. I’m not excited at all about Mitt and thought if he brought someone that I liked on the ticket it would change things for me. Well if Ryan is on the ticket, I will still vote to get the clown out of office but with a lot less enthusiam.

            • KataKimbe

              Did you read my thoughts. I know I am pretty good at reading people, but you expressed what I was thinking better than I did. I agree about the Hannity thing. I saw a woman nervous to be in that surrounding. I don’t pretend to know what goes on… none of us do. I did see a woman who was a wife and a mother and sometimes we have to do things (like the interview) to be supportive of our mates. I also agree with the rest you said. Thanks for the link… that article is right on.

            • Flop_Flipper

              I am excited that our country will finally have an honest conversation about our fiscal disaster. We NEED it.

              • getfitnow

                THIS is the bottom line, imo.

        • getfitnow

          And the GOP needs to hold on to every senator now in the senate. Much easier to pick up another house member

        • arabella_trefoil

          Oh Bronwyn, you are scary smart.

      • Flop_Flipper

        Awesome. Who is the quote from?

    • KataKimbe

      I am not excited and agree with Rollins. Big f’ng mistake. Boring ticket.

    • Hokma

      I can understand Rollins concern. The dishonesty of the Obama campaign will be rolling out the throwing grandma off the cliff ads by misrepresenting Ryan’s plan regarding Medicare.

      • arabella_trefoil

        Obama’s own record with his granny is not exactly stellar. And Michelle’s mother (grandma to Malia and Sasha) is a live in baby sitter who also bakes pies to auction off to make money for Obama. OK, so no rolling-off-a-cliff is involved, but still.

        • Flop_Flipper

          Yes, that eternal moral question. Is it worse to throw grandma under the bus or off the cliff?

    • Flop_Flipper

      Yeah, but Rollins is still harping on that Romney should release more tax returns. I really couldn’t care less what he thinks.

      • arabella_trefoil

        I have a counterproposal fir Rollins. Every person who files a tax return (including Ed Rollins) should post it on the internet. On some sort of central website. That way we can figure out who’s not paying taxes.

        • Flop_Flipper

          Great idea. I’m sure Rollins (and Reid) will comply immediately out of a sense of patriotism.

        • KenoshaMarge

          Starting with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Not because they are running for president, God forbid, but because they can’t stop flapping their yaps about the evil rich when they are both rich themselves.

    • Flop_Flipper

      Have you actually ever seen Rollins excited?

      • jrterrier

        now that you mention it. . . no.

  • HARP2

    I can`t wait for the Ryan, Biden debate.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      ME TOO! Ryan is incapable of B.S. while B.S. is all that Biden knows.

      • jrterrier

        he does have to watch the smirk that comes on his face when he knows the questioner is talking garbage.

    • jrterrier

      Should be fun. Obama & his surrogates will be running nutty crazy ads, and Ryan will be talking truth.

      • BronwynsHarbor

        Hilarious.

      • getfitnow

        Yep Truth to power!

      • arabella_trefoil

        Yeah, that’s the problem right there. The King of Lies has trouble dealing with the truth.

    • Hokma

      That assumes Biden will still be the VP.

      • Flop_Flipper

        He is now and will forever remain Very Petty.

      • http://www.facebook.com/floyda.john Floyd A John

        Odds are HRC will the VP setting her up for ’16

        • DianaLC

          Although I was a delegate for her throughout the primary, Hillary’s presidential ship has sailed into the sunset as far as I am concerned. She needed to fight the dirty tricks then and retire with dignity. If party is more important than her country’s ideals, then she made her choice. She needed to stand up for all the female supporters who were abused and demeaned, and she didn’t do enough.

          • BronwynsHarbor

            Diana, your remark won’t get you many thumbs up, but you speak from the heart and — what’s more — you make significant, valid points. But, dammit all, if Hillary had truly fought the “dirty tricks,” it would have been a suicide mission.

            And she did stand up for women. Her “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” has become such a powerful metaphor that even Sarah Palin uses it. Now that’s really something.