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Amongst the pundit blather, observations about Paul Ryan … and a nasty secret Biden hopes you won’t find out about

Go to Memeorandum.com’s regurgitation of putrid punditry only if you have the stomach for it. There’s the junk food: New York magazine dishes up plenty of empty calories in “The Paul Ryan Announcement: If These Clothes Could Talk.” If you’re still hungry, try the New York magazine’s John Heilemann who rejoiced in his “chance” encounter wth David Axelrod as he was writing “The Ryan Pick: Why Romney Changed to Obama’s Game” (Memeorandum).

You can find pulled-pork fare here: “CNN’s Candy Crowley Claims Some GOPers Think Ryan Pick ‘Some Sort of Ticket Death Wish’,” NewsBusters.org (Memeorandum); “12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan,” ThinkProgress (Memeorandum); and “Michael Tomasky on Romney’s Stunning, Terrible Choice of Ryan for VP,” The Daily Beast (Memeorandum).

For meager sustenance, try Niall Stanage’s “In Ryan pick, echoes of Obama’s selection of Vice President Biden” (Memorandum) at The Hill, at times a four-star restaurant in a city full of roach-infested dives frequented by rats. Stanage writes:

For two men who are so different … President Obama and Mitt Romney have chosen running mates with strikingly similar cultural contours.

In 2008, the youthful, black, Democratic son of a single mother chose a white, Catholic, Irish-American running mate. On Saturday morning, the middle-aged, wealthy Republican son of a governor did exactly the same. [Mr. Stanage, do you detect any bias in your descriptions of the two men?]

So why did both men select “two people with near-identical demographic profiles”? Is it the voting bloc of “white working class voters” crucial in key swing states? (Yup, it’s white people’s fault — again.)

And what’s with one of the biggest rats in town gorging himself on the Secret Service’s (taxpayers’) dime?

First, more Stanage:

Both Biden and Ryan exhibit an ease in personal encounters with voters that is lacking in Obama and Romney, neither of whom is likely to be mistaken for a natural backslapper and flesh-presser.

Even if Biden’s garrulousness can cause him problems or Ryan sometimes departs from the safety-first script of many Washington politicians, Obama and Romney evidently consider these prices worth paying.

“When I listen to the president, sometimes I feel I want to take out my notes — it’s the constitutional law professor speaking, you know?” said Terry Madonna, a professor of public affairs at Pennsylvania’s Franklin and Marshall College. “And with Romney, what more can be said about how he’s aloof, detached, distant and all the rest?

“But Biden connects very well at that level, and Ryan connects very well too. They offer a very clear contrast with the president and Gov. Romney.”

Political partisans are already trading verbal punches over whether Biden or Ryan has the more genuine everyman appeal. [...

Here I part company with Stanage's analyses: I have never seen in the pretentious Joe Biden an "everyman appeal." Those all-too-obvious hair plugs don't help his supposed likeness to blue-collar voters. To me, he looks like a rich fat cat and he lives like one, surprising for someone who's never worked for anybody but the U.S. taxpayers.

Then there's that he gouges the U.S. Secret Service for $2,200-per-month rent of the cottage his protectors need in order to serve Mr. Biden, their V.P. [Very Pompous] protectee. From “Biden collects rent from Secret Service” in The Washington Times on July 31, 2011:

The U.S. Secret Service does more than protect Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the agency also pays him rent.

Since April, Mr. Biden has collected more than $13,000 from the agency charged with protecting him and his family for use of a rental cottage adjacent to the waterfront home he owns in a Wilmington, Del., suburb.

Mr. Biden, listed not as vice president in federal purchasing documents but as a “vendor,” is eligible for up to $66,000 by the time the government contract expires in the fall of 2013, the records show.

Officials say the arrangement came about when a previous tenant moved out of the cottage and the Secret Service moved in.

Edwin M. Donovan, special agent in charge at the Secret Service’s Office of Government and Public Affairs in Washington, said the agency pays $2,200 in rent per-month, the same amount a previous tenant had paid before moving out.

Taxpayer watchdogs aren’t happy:

“He should be afforded every single protection available to him and his family, as should every vice president and president,” said Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for the Washington-based Citizens Against Government Waste.

“But this arrangement seems bizarre to me,” she added. “You’d think the vice president, who shepherded the deficit committee, would think twice about charging the Secret Service rent. Why would he need the money? I don’t get it.”

And what about Obama/Bidens vaunted promises “to end the abuse of no-bid contracting and require competitive bidding on nearly all contract orders for more than $25,000 across the federal government”?

The first purchase order to Mr. Biden, for $2,200, was signed April 1, and the second, for $11,000, was signed June 2. The records both list Mr. Biden by name as the vendor under a section of the purchase order called “contractor information.” The purchase order describes Mr. Biden as a sole proprietor with no employees and no annual revenue.

The Washington Times inquired about the rental arrangement after Mr. Biden’s name appeared as a vendor in federal spending records. As the vendor on a fixed-price contract, Mr. Biden technically now is a federal contractor.

He’s been outspoken in calling for greater accountability in federal contracts. When Mr. Biden and President Obama launched the “Campaign to Cut Waste” last month, Mr. Biden said, “The President and I are committed to changing the way government works and we are stepping up the hunt for misspent dollars.”

[...]

Though the overall rental contract has a total value of up to $66,000, the agreement was approved through simplified acquisition procedures that do not require bidding.

“To an outside observer who pays the taxes that help fund protective services, this might seem like an odd arrangement, but apparently there’s some law or administrative procedure that facilitates it,” said Pete Sepp, vice president of the National Taxpayers Union in Alexandria, which monitors federal spending.

Sniff, sniff. I smell a rat.

Do check out all of the Washington Times‘s “Biden collects rent from Secret Service” as well as numerous other articles on Mr. Biden’s insatiable need for more and more taxpayer money.

You and I know that, in the V.P. debate, Mr. Biden will not be asked about that $2,200 per month rent through 2013, but nothing bars Paul Ryan from slipping the rent in as a primo example of the plain ol’ greed that propels Biden to suck at the teat of taxpayer money for every penny he can get.

  • jrterrier

    loved a line from the mcloughlin group:
    referring to clint eastwood’s support of Romney, one of them said that romney got the support of “dirty harry” and obama that of “dirty harry reid.”
    on that choice, i’ll pick clint every day.

  • jrterrier

    can’t wait to see the WI rally. they are supposed to be going there after NC.

  • jrterrier

    The other theme that’s emerging that this was an uncharacteristically bold move for Romney shows the media’s stupidity. There is no humanly possible way that a person can start a company as wildly successful as Bain Capital without knowing something about boldness.

    • getfitnow

      Before they took Bill Clinton to the woodshed he said it.

      • jrterrier

        yes, but the beauty of the current technological age, is that it’s on tape.

  • jrterrier

    Sununu is the best.
    “The president stole $700,000 billion from medicare”
    can he be cloned?

  • getfitnow

    o/t-no open thread today? Anyway, Spike should talk to Sen. Reid about that gridlock.
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/2012/08/spike-lee-barack-obama-is-not-perfect-131674.html

    • Flop_Flipper

      Anytime I hear anything Spike Lee says I just ignore it. For some damned reason all I hear is: “Whitey is evil. You’re all a bunch of racists.”

  • Flop_Flipper

    Last week I was surprised when David Axelrod actually said something true on national television. This week, on This Week, Howard Dean spoke the truth too. Damn, what’s up with these Democrats, suddenly becoming transparent?

    The truth speaking occurred while the Round Table was discussing Medicare cuts. Georgie boy brought up the uncomfortable reality that the Dems cut Medicare in the Obamacare fiasco. Then Howard spoke the truth. Now before I reveal it, please understand that I am somewhat paraphrasing. Because at the time, my head nearly exploded and I couldn’t write down the exact quote. But here it is:

    “The fact is that the American people are just never going to believe that Democrats will cut Medicare.”

    You get that, right? The Dems believe that they have so thoroughly bamboozled brainwashed the American people that they can do as they please with no one being any the wiser. So there you have it folks, the official campaign strategy of the Democrat party. Not that most of us didn’t already know it. It’s the hubris, the bragging about it in public that has changed.

    • getfitnow

      I believe this is what That One has done to the DEMS. They feel totally unafraid and comfortable in revealing who they are.

  • getfitnow

    Picked this up at another site.
    ***************

    I wonder how the VP pick money bomb is
    going. Not much news after it crossed 2M.

    hawkdriver on August 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    FOX said it was $7 MILLION at 5AM this morning…raised in 7 hours

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  • bbf

    WHY IS ROMNEY NOT RUNNING THIS VIDEO???

    FLASHBACK: Obama: My Presidency Will Be ‘A One-Term Proposition’ If Economy Doesn’t Turn In 3 Years – YouTube

    ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCN5-ovvFL0

    • FLDemFem

      It’s not a lie. He will be a one-term president and it will be because of the economy. He just can’t admit that he failed. It’s ok, we know he did and we will get rid of him and replace him with people who know what a budget is and how to balance one.

      • getfitnow

        Yep. The only “case” he needs to make is to ensure his suitcase is by the door at our WH when that U-Haul arrives to take him—I don’t give a flying fig where.

  • DianaLC

    Bronwyn,
    You’ve provide so many links. How in the heck am I supposed to get away from this computer? I’ll have to pacemyself.
    Thanks!
    Biden is almost as confusing a choice for VP as DNC Debbie is for the Democratic Party. Is it that they think it’s too Republican to be articulate and intelligent?
    That idea that you charge rent for the people who are there to protect your life is absolutely incomprehensible.

    • jrterrier

      I think neither is confusing pick.

      It is what passes for the DEM leaders these days. Biden is a plagiarist who still made it to become one of the most “respected” DEM senators on the Judiciary Committee no less. He hasn’t spoken a truth — well, probably never. His explanation for his failure to properly cite authorities at law school was that he was confused with the citation rules. Really?!!

      And Wasserman Schultz just speaks in sound bites. War on women and Dems love the jewish community, over and over. I trust that both groups are much smarter than the Obama campaign gives them credit women and will vote for Romney & Ryan in droves.

  • Hokma

    There is nothing similar between Biden and Ryan and all it is is an effort to denigrate Ryan’s accomplishments and abilities.

    • jrterrier

      Again, agree with you 200%

  • Flop_Flipper

    I find the sleaze factor disturbing, but also expected. Obama has absolutely nothing to run on so he and his merry band of thieves loyal subjects are going to do their best to distract the rest of us by making it seem as if doing something responsible for the country as evil. Because you know, Obama is just so pure, American to the core and everything he does is to help his massive ego us all.

    I’m not sure what the rest of you experienced but the first negative spin I saw came from the ABC website. You know, things Romney doesn’t want us to know about Paul Ryan. Total hack job.

    Since it is the season, and apparently in fashion, I am going to posit something that Obama doesn’t want you to know about Biden and the rest of the Obot crowd.

    It has now become a well known fact that Paul Ryan participates in a sport called noodling. For the uninitiated, this is where one catches a catfish by placing one’s fist in it’s mouth and yanking it out of it’s lair.

    What most folks don’t know, and Obama has sworn them to top secret classified secrecy, is that Obots participate in a similar sport, except it’s called poodling. It involves sticking their head up Obama’s ass to yank out talking points. It’s all the rage in Obotville.

    • Hokma

      I actually did hear of noodling about 2 years ago in a discussion with someone from down south.

      Poodling? – LOL

      • Flop_Flipper

        Remember, when Obama was a child, he was indoctrinated into the religious animist belief that if you ate an animal you assumed it’s powers. As an aside, this is the same belief system practiced by the Mayans, who consumed the human heart. But, anyway…. those who practice poodling are prohibited from discussing the practice in public. So they have a code phrase for it that hides it’s true nature but also pays tribute to their Messiah (you have to remember that Obots are required to pay tribute to Obama five times daily). It’s known affectionately as “Having a little hair of the dog.”

        • BronwynsHarbor

          OH GROSS!!!!!

    • BronwynsHarbor

      FF, you are a bad person. Poodling. Honestly, FF. Do your dear ones know you talk like this?

      • Flop_Flipper

        Of course. They also constantly remind me it’s why I’m single.

      • Flop_Flipper

        I guess that explains why you haven’t answered my email.

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  • KenoshaMarge

    What the Ryan Pick Says About Romney
    by Fred Barnes
    link: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/what-ryan-pick-says-about-romney_649784.html

    I’m not a Fred Barnes fan, but in this case I think he’s onto something. The part about the small ego especially struck me. Imagine a pol who doesn’t believe he’s the center of the universe. Like the narcissist in the White House now.

    • Flop_Flipper

      I read the article and agree that Barnes made some valid points. But his framing of Romney, his campaign and perceived weaknesses came purely from his overinflated sense of self worth.

      • Hokma

        I have yet to see any of these inside-the-beltway pundits really understand what Romney did and is doing. This is far more significant than just budget and debt issues or even job issues.

        This is why I have believed that Romney was the most needed candidate at this time and his selection of Ryan proved that.

        We have had 11 recessions since the beginning of the 1950′s and 11 U.S. Presidents. Recessions are a naturally recurring event in a free market economy and every President has had to deal with them. No other President has mismanaged a recession as badly as Obama, but more importantly the reason is that Obama chose to carefully accelerate the path toward socialism.

        So this is now a crossroads election for the U.S. that is bigger than a budget and a deficit but is a referendum on whether we make that final step toward full socialism or we reverse the trends since the imposition of New Deal and back toward the founding principals of self-reliance rather than reliance on government.

        In Romney’s and Ryan’s speeches THAT is what I heard – uplifting vision of direction consistent with what our country is.

        The press immediately after Ryan’s intro talked about how giddy the Dems were over Ryan. In fact they are scared because they have nothing – no solutions to anything including medicare – just lies and distortions with sound bites.

        In the private sector the best managers shire the best talent which is what Romney did. Biden was never the best talent or have any talent at all.

        • Flop_Flipper

          I’ve been saying for some time now that Romney has a carefully thought out campaign strategy. Pundits, however, seem to be deluded into believing that Romney is apparently a broken record with no concept of what he is doing. And of course they offer their “sage” advice as to which direction Mitt should be taking.

          Do I have any inside information as to why I know these things. Nope. All I’ve done is pay attention to the man, Mitt Romney, carefully research his past very successful strategies, and reach a sensible conclusion. It’s not rocket science. Thankfully. Pundits are only in it for one thing, to inflate what they consider their self worth. It’s how they get paid the big bucks. Or maybe they just enjoy seeing their faces on TV and names in print. The infectious (and generally malignant) Obama-lite complex.

          • jrterrier

            And I also agree with you you Flop-Flipper.

          • getfitnow

            Romney has a carefully thought
            out campaign strategy.
            ************
            I agree. I read that his mind was made up on Ryan—during the first week of August.

        • jrterrier

          Hokma, I agree with you 200%.
          And the way Ryan was able to punctuate the points was genius:

          1) “Son you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.”
          Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem, … and Mitt
          Romney is the solution.

          2) No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his
          first 2 years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed
          nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn’t make things better.
          In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair.

          Whatever the explanations, whatever the excuses, this is a record of failure.

          3) I hear some people say that this is just “the new normal.” High unemployment, declining incomes and crushing debt is not a new normal. It’s the
          result of misguided policies.

          4) I’m proud to stand with a man who understands what it takes to foster job
          creation in our economy, someone who knows from experience, that if you have a
          small business—you did build that.

          5) But America is more than just a place…it’s an idea. It’s the only country
          founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We
          promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.

          6) The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:

          We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!

          We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility!

          We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them!
          Actually, the whole speech is great.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/paul-ryans-announcement-speech-we-wont-duck-the-tough-issues/2012/08/11/f5ed0548-e3b2-11e1-ae7f-d2a13e249eb2_blog.html

          • Hokma

            “But America is more than just a place…it’s an idea. It’s the only country
            founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We
            promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.”

            That was the part I liked the most because this is at the heart of the difference between Romney/Ryan and Obama.

            But it is more than that because we have been on this track since FDR swing the country heavily toward Federal government control. Not even Reagan was able to make more than a dent on that direction. Obama may have accelerated our decent into this abyss but he did not set the path – an both political parties have contributed to it.

            They must stay on this message and constantly deliver it in a powerful way – and keep Obama and his socialism on their heels.

      • KenoshaMarge

        As I said, I’m not a fan. And the part I spoke of, about Romney not being a egomanic will, IMO, make him more “likable” than narcissist Obama.

        • Flop_Flipper

          Totally agree. And the fact that he will tell the truth about the shape we are in. Something Dems avoid like the plague that infested their party in 2008.

  • getfitnow

    Look how happy they are.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Nice family. Now count down to when the left attacks and smears them… We’ve seen it before here in Wisconsin with the Walker family.

      • jrterrier

        Marge, you need to start a blog with all these cartoons or have a regular column that features them and not just in little pictures. They need much greater exposure.

        • KenoshaMarge

          I have several private blogs I go to and wherever I go, my cartoons go with me. I love cartoons. But I imagine you’ve guessed that.

          • jrterrier

            If a picture is worth 1000 words, then a cartoon is worth 2000.
            But you need to somehow get them out there front and center.

          • BronwynsHarbor

            Marge, you have a home here. If you’ll approve, I’ll gladly grab some of your ‘toons and post them under your username. All I need is the link to the cartoonist who created them. Then I’ll get this show on the road.

            It’s the least I can do.

            • KenoshaMarge

              I get most of my cartoons from Townhall.com and from the Orange County Register. And sometimes I just Google anti-someone cartoons or pro-someone cartoons. They are available to anyone.
              I just squirrel them away in folders month by month and wait for an appropriate time and place to use them.
              If I posted someone else’s cartoons in large numbers in one post I would be violating their copyright I believe.
              Besides, I think a sprinkle is more effective than a deluge. Don’t ya think?

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