by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Oh, lookie here… Ryan is the least favorite VP pick since 2000. I wonder how that could have happened…
“Americans’ initial reaction to Paul Ryan is decidedly lukewarm, with more rating his selection as vice president negatively than positively, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll taken after the announcement.
Ryan’s ratings were less positive than those for any other vice presidential pick part of Gallup since 2000, including Sarah Palin, Joe Biden and Dick Cheney.” Huffington Post
Elections in America aren’t about the will of the people, they’re about maintaining the ongoing agenda of the Washington Consensus while creating a narrative that allows the willfully obtuse to “BELIEVE” that “CHANGE” is coming.
You aren’t going to get change from the voting booth and you are definitely not going to get change in November of 2012.
The selection of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate serves two distinct narratives 1. the republican voters also didn’t want austerity and 2. the Romney/Ryan ticket frightened Obama’s critics on the left to come out and vote for him anyway. One is true, one is a lie. But it doesn’t matter; with Diebold electronic voting, all they have to do is come up with a plausible story, they don’t actually have to win an election. That would be democracy and as we all know, this country isn’t about that anymore.
Mitt Romney won the republican primary by teaming up with another neo-liberal, Ron Paul (who never intended to win) in order undermine his pretty substantial opposition and leave him in the lead.
It’s pretty remarkable when you think about it, that a vulture capitalist “won” the republican primary at a time when Wall Street bankers, finance oligarchs, and vulture capitalists are being castigated at every turn from the left and the right. Are we supposed to believe that hard working republicans who have been put out of work and who hate NAFTA and GATT would want a vulture capitalist who loves putting people out of work to be their representative in Washington?
Then consider the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon.
I don’t care how many Broadway musicals the South Park boys get paid to make Mormons look “OK”, the fact is, there aren’t a lot of Joe-SixPack republicans from Wisconsin treading the board of the Old White Way and picking up social service messages to pass on to their families at home. To most republican voters, Mormons ain’t Christians and that’s about all it takes sometimes. You can forget about that whole “die and go become a god on another planet” thing.
Toss Paul Ryan in the mix and lo-and-behold, you have a ticket worth staying home for. And that’s the point.
At least, that will be the postmortem explanation when the talking heads and the pundits tell the American voters why they’re stuck with a continuation of a presidency that their own party can’t stand and who the right is steadfast against.
How do I know? It’s already started…
- Rep. Paul Ryan VP Choice Draws Criticism From Some Conservatives
- Paul Ryan’s VP nod elicits cheers of joy across liberal America
- Paul Ryan Unlikely To Play Well With Latino And Black Voters
- Two White Men Who Like to Cut Things: On Romney’s Nomination of Paul Ryan
- Fox News Pundits Wonder If Republicans Can Defend ‘Tax Cuts For The Wealthy’ With Ryan On The Ticket
- Veep Pick Paul Ryan Is No Conservative
And my personal favorite…
(I’m sorry, didn’t Dick Cheney just say that Palin was a horrible choice?)
There are many more articles to chose from, but suffice to say, the right isn’t exactly ecstatic about the choice of Ryan. But they weren’t when Palin was announced either and she diligently went on making a fool out of herself until the sham election and “CHANGE” occurred.
Polls show that most Americans, left and right, do not support the gross austerity package budget plan that Paul Ryan created and rightly so. Isn’t it odd that the republicans would offer up a greedy billionaire vulture capitalist (who makes more flubs than Sarah Palin) and the one guy in the country most closely associated with bring Greek style austerity to our shores to run against the incumbent president?
Do you think that is just a weird “mistake” like Palin and McCain were 4 years ago?
Maybe robosigning is just a “mistake” as well.
On the flip side, they couldn’t have picked a more draconian pair of politicians to run against Obama if they tried. Can you think of two candidates who would better motivate the disenfranchised left to come out and vote against a Romney/Ryan ticket? I can’t.
Ryan is being presented as Satan himself to the left. He’s pro-Iran war, anti-woman, and as pro-austerity as it gets. The big rallying cry on the left is Ryan’s desire to see Medicare and Social Security privatized, but if you’ve been paying attention, that’s the objective of the “centrist” left as well, of which the Clintons and Obama are both proud members.
- Meet Paul Ryan: Climate Denier, Conspiracy Theorist, Koch Acolyte
- Paul Ryan: “I’m Never Going To Not Vote Pro-Life”
- “Path to Prosperity?” For Many Senior Citizens, VP Pick Ryan’s Plan Would Be Path to the Poorhouse
But in the days of the least of the worst we’re supposed to believe that we have to rush out and campaign for a man who thinks he has the right to kill and detain US citizens without due process in order to protect ourselves from Ryan.
Yes, this choice will further disenfranchise the right from the electoral process but no, the fear of Romney and Ryan will not motivate the angry left to rush out to the polls.
No to matter. The story is just that… a story. That’s all they need. Diebold does the rest.
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