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Resenting Paul Ryan

I’ve been feeling pretty old lately.  Whiny and narcissistic maybe, but old just the same.  My body has taken a pretty bad beating over the years, but I am still young enough to remember how it felt off the showroom floor.  I’m going back to college late in life, and most of the people there are much younger than I am.

I feel old.

Paul Ryan has been confirmed as Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick this morning, and everyone is talking about how young and energetic he is.

Could he be TOO young, they wonder..?

At 42, Paul Ryan is slightly older than I am.

Yeah…  I’m hating THAT guy..!

Wisconsin Representative and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan

But all jokes aside, everyone is wondering this morning how this will affect the Romney campaign, and the pundit in me is no different.

Politically, this is easy.  Ryan is a heavy-hitter in the House of Representatives.  So influential, in fact, that many pundits like me wondered aloud over the last few weeks if it would be detrimental to the party as a whole to take him away from that position.

Looking back, that was perhaps a foolish argument.  The House is in no real danger of falling to the Democrats, even if Ryan’s Wisconsin seat is lost to them, which is by no means a fait accompli.  Ryan would still be in a position to hold great influence in the House, while at the same time he would become President of the Senate, even if the position exists historically as a tie-breaker.

A policy wonk like Ryan would utilize the Vice Presidency like none before him.

This move also sets up the Romney campaign in a positive way.  It allows them to hit Obama/Biden on a policy level with a great deal of credibility; something they have otherwise failed to accomplish.  Obama won’t want to go toe-to-toe with Ryan in a policy debate, and he sure isn’t going to want Joe Biden to do it!

Expect Obama’s campaign to go even more negative, which leads me to my only real concern about Ryan’s VP nod:

Ryan has already been demonized in the media.  They REALLY don’t like him.  I suspect that they will resent the fact that they can not call him stupid, as they have with pretty much every Republican in my lifetime, including Ronald Reagan.  But they have already had some success at portraying Ryan as a heartless Republican throwing Grandma down the stairs.

I have to wonder, with Romney’s negatives at this point, if another guy with similar issues was the way to go.  I hate to bring race into it, but we all know that the Democrats will, so…  Now we have two “rich white guys who hate minorities and want to take the goodie bags away from those poor people Obama shelters with such loving care”.

That makes me a bit antsy.  It also makes me nauseous just having typed it.

The media won’t have a choice but to talk about how serious a choice this is, and that will give off a lot of credibility going in, but how long will it take before they flip the switch and go full negative..?

We have to be ready for that.

 

EDIT:  Ryan himself is already proving that he will indeed be ready!  What a great choice for VP!  The rest of us need to be ready, too!  I couldn’t be more excited…

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Axelrod Goes “All-in”

In a couple of my recent pieces, I outlined how the Obama campaign is becoming more desperate, and why.  They’ve stooped to having allies make ridiculous and laughable claims, but they don’t care if people are laughing, because that is of no consequence to them.  The claims, no matter how ludicrous, may still achieve the goals they desire.

But now they’ve lowered the bar even deeper into the mud.

This guy’s horrible comb-over symbolizes his horrible brand of politics.

Having Harry Reid make obviously false claims about Romney’s taxes hasn’t had the effect of forcing Romney to release more tax returns (yet), and the Obama campaign is turning its sights elsewhere.

Over the last few days, Obama himself has taken to making the claim that Romney intends to raise taxes on the middle class, a patently false claim no matter how you look at it.  When asked about this claim, Democrats prevaricate and stumble on about how refusing to raise taxes on the evil rich people (read: small business owners and job creators) is somehow a tax increase on the middle class.

But their devout sycophants will willingly spread the lie, and many people who don’t keep their eye on the ball will probably believe them.  That, my friends, is the reality of politics.  The Obama campaign is banking on the notion that those people who are currently on the fence won’t be doing a lot of fact-checking before they vote.

And it appears that they are willing to go “all-in” on that strategy.

Draw and STRIKE!

In an article appearing in Draw and STRIKE!, author Brian Cates illustrates just how feckless the Obama campaign has become in its quest to retain power.  I highly recommend that every conservative read his piece, and spread it as much as humanly possible.

David Axelrod has always used a strategy of exposing dirt on Obama’s opponents in the past.  His modus operandi often consists of getting a sympathetic Chicago judge to unseal an opponent’s divorce records, since wild, unsubstantiated claims made during divorce proceedings are often very damaging to any political candidate, no matter how false they may be.

In 2008, Axelrod did much the same thing.  He attacked McCain’s previous marriage and even went so far as to circulate rumors that Sarah Palin secretly gave birth to her own grandson.  That, coupled with the blank slate that was Obama, allowed them to run on “Hope and Change” while still using amazingly crass tactics to debase their opponents.

But Obama is not a blank slate to the American public anymore, and “Hope and Change” is off of the table for Axelrod.  Worse yet (for him), Axelrod can’t attack Romney’s very solid marriage.  He just can’t get the dirt he needs for his scorched earth strategy.

So just what is a wayward campaign manager to do..?

Apparently Axelrod has arrived at his conclusion…  Lie.

Lie big.  Lie some more.  No lie is too big or too ridiculous.  They believe that anyone paying enough attention to matter has already decided how they will cast their vote.  Those remaining are all potential suckers.

I won’t go too far into Cates’ piece here; it speaks for itself.  Some news outlets have reported this, but we all know most of them will turn a blind eye.  I suggest for everyone to spread this particular message far and wide.

Because otherwise, a lot of people will believe the lies.

Reid Takes a Bullet Full of Crazy for Obama and DNC

It has been an interesting week in the world of Politics.

Again, I could do with seeing less of this guy.

“Dirty” Harry Reid, the Senate Leader from Nevada, has come out to accuse presidential contender Mitt Romney of failing to file tax returns for ten years.  Oh, the joy he brings to a political pundit and strategist like me!

Reid makes these accusations based upon an obviously solid “source”…  himself!

Nevermind that the IRS, currently under control of the Obama administration, has never found fault with Romney.  Nevermind that Romney has released more tax returns than Reid (who has released exactly zero).  I delight in the irony of such an accusation coming from someone who lives in the Ritz Carlton, has dubious connections to organized crime in Nevada, and got very rich shortly after becoming a Senator, even though a Senator’s salary really isn’t all that high.

Senate Leader Whackadoodle just keeps on giving.

But Harry Reid doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him.  Obviously, he couldn’t care less what conservatives think, but he doesn’t care what other liberals think, or what the media thinks, either…  at least not right now.

That is because Harry Reid got re-elected in 2010 and he has another four years before he has to care what anyone thinks of him.  By then, everyone is sure to have forgotten this.

But even Reid himself is highly unlikely to believe his own story.  So, why make it all up?

As I pointed out in my article yesterday, the Obama campaign is desperate to dig up some dirt on the squeaky clean (for a politician, anyway) Mitt Romney.  Everything they have tried to use against Romney has fallen flat, and they’re out of ideas.  They need more dirt, so they have turned to Romney and they’re practically begging for his help.  But that rat bastard Romney just won’t budge!  How dare he..?

So far, the Democrats have tried everything they can think of to get Romney to help them, and none of it is getting enough traction in the press to force Romney’s hand.

Enter Harry Reid.

Obama and the DNC needed someone to escalate things into the realm of crazypants, and Reid fit the bill.  He’s perfect for the job.

The only thing Reid has to lose right now is his position as Majority Leader in the Senate, and he stands a much greater chance of holding on to that job if Obama gets re-elected.  As the Senate Majority Leader, the media is obligated to give him coverage, which spreads the lie almost as well as if Obama himself were to say it.  Reid can feel safe making the accusation from the Senate floor, because doing so gives him legal immunity from being taken to court for anything that he says, and Reid is bulletproof electorally.

Perfect!

Now DNC operatives and liberal pundits are free to distance themselves from Reid publicly, while rushing to the airwaves to claim that “Romney can clear all of this up by just releasing more tax returns”, which has been their goal all along.

While it is typical of the liberal mindset that the accused must prove himself innocent rather than the accuser proving guilt (at least when it comes to Republicans), that isn’t really something upon which anyone should focus.

The real thing of interest to a pundit like me is that the liberal sharks don’t smell any blood in the waters.  They really WANT to smell it, but they don’t…

They’re being denied their feeding frenzy, and it is making them slowly go insane (well, okay… more insane).

Expect them to get crazier as we get closer to November!

Someone pass the popcorn…

Why Obama is So Desperate

Mitt Romney has released tax returns, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to Democrats and the lap-dog media.

I’m really starting to like this guy!

They constantly pretend as though he hasn’t released any at all, and this, of course, means that Mitt must have something to hide!  It is a catch-22 setup that was meant to destroy Romney’s character.  The Democrats didn’t find anything they could really use in the returns that Romney has already released, so now they are demanding more.  But it isn’t working.

Romney is smartly sticking to his guns in the face of the Democrat’s demands, lies in the media, and even some establishment Republicans saying that he should cave (which just makes me want to slap the hell out of every single last one of them).  But if he were to give in, the Democrats would only scour whatever material Romney released for as much dirt as they could find, and if they didn’t really find any, they’d misrepresent the information, much as they are doing with the returns that Romney has already released.

The problem for the Democrats is that their current misrepresentations haven’t gained any real traction, even in the media that supports them with devotion.

Why is this such a huge problem?

Well, as Ann Coulter rightly pointed out in her recent article, Barack Obama has never won an election without waging a campaign of character assassination.

Not one single time.

Unfortunately, for Democrats, they have expended their entire arsenal trying to kill Romney’s character, and now they’re begging Romney to give them more ammunition.  He is right to refuse.  Even if he released five years of returns, they would demand ten years worth and then wonder (as loudly as they could and to anyone who would listen) what Romney supposedly has to hide.

Romney has frustrated the Democrats in this so much that Senate Leader Harry Reid even took to the Senate floor with wild claims that Romney never payed his taxes at all for ten years. The DNC and Reid are so out of touch that they believed this move would spur Romney into giving in to their demands.

Instead, people are laughing and shaking their heads in bewilderment, and Romney still holds firm.  You guys, I am really starting to warm up to Mitt Romney!

Reid’s “unsourced” accusations could easily have landed him in court had he made them any other place but the floor of the Senate, where anything may be said without penalty. My friends, that is how desperate the Democrats have become.

This entire episode with Romney’s tax returns was never primarily about creating a distraction from Obama’s poor performance on the economy, although it does serve that dual purpose. David Axelrod and company have known since Obama’s earliest days in Chicago that their guy is a loser, and that their only winning strategy is to turn their opponents into even bigger losers in the eyes of the public.

It is literally the only strategy that they have ever used.

They tried the Mormon thing…  It didn’t work.
They tried dog stories…  They backfired (Obama eats dog!)
They tried Romneycare…  Not working.
They pushed the “War on Women” narrative…  One of their own operatives killed it.
They tried attacking him for his work at Bain Capital…  That didn’t work, either.
They tried lying about when Romney was actively involved in Bain…  No dice.

Mitt and Ann Romney

They have even tried attacking Ann Romney for, of all things, her horseback riding and entering a show horse in the Olympics… Now THAT is desperate.

I’ve probably missed a few things, but the point is that none of the poo the Democrats are flinging is sticking to the wall.  Their desperation has led them to make laughable accusations, but recently it has morphed into something far more sinister…

In one of their riskiest moves yet, which I believe will backfire on them, they have stooped so low as to attempt to reduce the number of days that members of the military may vote in Ohio.

Yeah, like THAT’S not going to piss anyone off!

They rightfully believe that they own most of the media, and hope that their heinous actions won’t get reported enough to matter.  But they are so smug in that belief that they have forgotten an age-old rule of politics; all politics are local.

The members of our military certainly won’t take this lying down, and they have families who will be very vocal about it, too.  The local media isn’t likely to be able to ignore the story.  You can bet that Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, isn’t going to be silent.

Making this notion of theirs public was an extreme miscalculation on the part of the Obama campaign, even if they end up backing down from it.

But desperation leads to unforced errors… often in direct proportion.

And Obama is very, very desperate.

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Edit:  Due to Deborah’s comment below, I have had to revisit the Ohio lawsuit.  I apologize to readers for any confusion.  Unfortunately, there seems to have been some confusion about this in the major media, as well.

After having read from several different sources,  it appears that the Democrats are suing to block a new law from going into effect.  That part in my piece is accurate.  The confusion stems from the fact that this has been reported in different ways by different news outlets, and some of the outlets even contradict themselves.  Some outlets portray the law as adding three extra days for the military to vote.  Other outlets portray the law as having reduced the number of early voting by three days for everyone except for the military.  Oddly enough, some stories I read gave BOTH impressions.

The justification for reducing the early voting by three days is said to be that it would reduce out-of-control costs and the possibility of fraud.  Knowing how Mickey Mouse and Dick Tracy registered to vote in my former home state, I would agree that fraud is an issue.  However, I do not see how such a move would reduce costs if the polls must remain open for service members, nor do I see how reducing the number of days to vote effectively reduces fraud.  In such a case, I would have to reluctantly agree with the Democrats that this law would be pointless.

Either way, it is damned dangerous to mess with the military vote.  It could be much less dangerous for Obama than how I positioned it in my story, but dangerous all the same.  They must really feel like they will be in deep trouble there to take such a risk for a mere three days.

Since the lawsuit itself was not the main focus of this article, I failed to adequately research it for this opinion piece.  For that, I deeply apologize.

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