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Media First ROFL Spin On a Paul Ryan Veep Pick: Too Inexperienced to Be President?
NewsBusters.org ^ | August 11, 2012 | Tim Graham

Posted on 08/11/2012 6:01:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Drudge Report singled out political writer Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker as having the unintentionally hilarious first spin on the reported pick of Paul Ryan to be Romney's running mate. Lizza immediately started to "tally the risks."

"For one thing, Ryan has no significant private-sector experience," he wrote. He wrote this with zero ackowledgment of Obama's private-sector experience scooping mint-chip at Baskin-Robbins. If the rest of the media follows this line, this is going to be shamelessly biased:

Besides summer jobs working at McDonald’s or at his family’s construction company, or waiting tables as a young Washington staffer, Ryan has none of the business-world experience Romney frequently touts as essential for governing. In the run-up to his first campaign for Congress, in 1998, that gap was enough of a concern for Ryan that he briefly became a “marketing consultant” at the family business, an obvious bit of résumé puffing.

But that wasn't blind, deaf, and dumb to Obama's resume enough: he also didn't have enough Washington experience:

But Ryan’s Washington experience is also light, at least for a potential President—which, after all, is the main job description of a Vice-President. Ryan has worked as a think-tank staffer and Congressman, but he’s never been in charge of a large organization, and he has little experience with foreign policy. Given how Sarah Palin was criticized for her lack of such experience, I’m surprised that Romney would pick someone whose ability to immediately step into the top job is open to question.

And the experience that Ryan does have is not exactly what voters are clamoring for at the moment. The bulk of Ryan’s House career coincided with the Presidency of George W. Bush, during which he was a reliable vote for many Bush policies that have not aged well: Medicare Part D; the Iraq War; and the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Ryan told me that voting for all of that spending, which added trillions to the deficit, made him “miserable,” but he’ll need a better explanation in his October debate with Joe Biden.

Presumably, Romney’s main reason for picking Ryan is not his early deficit-busting record but his more recent rise to celebrity as a crusading policy wonk determined to tame the federal government. Romney, who has been extremely vague about what he would do if elected, will now own Paul Ryan’s ideas, which include privatizing Social Security, turning Medicare into a voucher program, bloc-granting and drastically cutting Medicaid, and reducing discretionary spending to levels that would affect every popular government program. This Ryan agenda will now fill the vacuum created by Romney’s unwillingness to lay out the specifics of his own plan. Even before this (apparent) announcement, Democrats were planning on tying Romney to Ryan’s policy platform. Now Romney has done it for them.

Lizza could only say that Romney deserves credit for turning this into a strong ideological choice for voters -- as if Obama's extremely liberal record hasn't already done that:

Romney’s choice of Ryan will undoubtedly be criticized as capitulation to the right, and this pick does seem to demonstrate that Romney is not able or willing to distance himself from the base of his party. But the good thing about the Ryan pick is that the Presidential campaign will instantly turn into a very clear choice between two distinct ideologies that genuinely reflect the core beliefs of the two parties. And in that sense, Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan is good news for voters.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2012veep; massachusetts; mediawingofthednc; mittromney; partisanmediashills; paulryan; wisconsin
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1 posted on 08/11/2012 6:02:00 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

My favorite laugh, “ no private sector experience”
Seriously.


2 posted on 08/11/2012 6:05:13 AM PDT by Kozak (The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home JM)
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To: Kaslin

Did they say the same about Obama’s”Lack of Experience”?????????


3 posted on 08/11/2012 6:05:56 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Kaslin
"Oh Crap! ...This Is A Big F'ing Deal!"

"And I'll Have To Bebate This Man?"

4 posted on 08/11/2012 6:07:58 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Kaslin

The Democrat talking heads already sound like a bunch of ugly bullies. The Democrats have no plan for the future of this country. They only can attack anyone who wants to quit out of control spending.


5 posted on 08/11/2012 6:08:36 AM PDT by FreedBird
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To: bandleader

Is that all they got???? ROFL What losers!!!


6 posted on 08/11/2012 6:08:36 AM PDT by queenkathy
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To: Kaslin

Wow, talk about missing the point.

Ryan is the intellectual leader of fiscal conservatives in congress and now, nationally. This isn’t about his business experience, it’s about his plan to fix the budget.

If anything, Ryan should be at the top of the ticket.


7 posted on 08/11/2012 6:09:15 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Kaslin

Well, that didn’t take long.

Just a matter of time before the rest of the lamestreams get on board.

Pathetic.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 6:12:06 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Kaslin

Smart strategy. The Ryan pick will make the press attack Romney over fiscal policy and cause the voters to focus on the number one issue. No matter what they use to attack they keep Obama’s weakest track record in the news. Also, Romney can triangulate and say he is using Ryan’s smarts and his liberal leanings.


9 posted on 08/11/2012 6:12:20 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Kozak
but he’s never been in charge of a large organization, and he has little experience with foreign policy.

This charge (esp. the foreign policy aspect) could probably be leveled at any of Romney's VP short list.

Ryan's going to be mercilessly savaged (as any of the picks would have been). The whining Freepers among us will go weak kneed in a NY minute as they always do with the DBM attacks.

We wanted a conservative pick. We got a solid one. Now we all need to buck up, not succumb to the left wing attack apparatus, and support this ticket 100%.

10 posted on 08/11/2012 6:12:27 AM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: Kaslin
HA!

Even after nearly four years as POTUS, obama still has less experience than Ryan ... considering that in America, time spent as a socialist doesn't count toward experience in our republican form of government.

Yeah, Democrat Socialists ... run with this one. (Double HA!)

11 posted on 08/11/2012 6:14:36 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: bandleader

Paul Ryan, the perfect replacement for 0bama.


12 posted on 08/11/2012 6:15:21 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Ryan tooo inexperienced to be VP? ROTFLOL

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


13 posted on 08/11/2012 6:15:26 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: bandleader

He still is lacking experience and a second term still wouldn’t give it to him


14 posted on 08/11/2012 6:17:48 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

I think Ryan is a great choice for VP for a conservative presidential candidate except his value in the House probably outweighs his value as a VP as a VP has no duties other than tie-breaking in the Senate. With a non-conservative Presidential Candidate, Ryan is doing the nation a disservice by leaving the House. We need all the counterweight we can get to the big picture and bi-partisan things that would surely come from a President Mitt. I would rather Romney chose a “moderate” or “middle-of-the-road” VP if he must take one from the legislature. I am glad he did not choose Palin. A Palin VP to Romney would end Palin’s effectiveness as a Republican heavyweight and her shot at the presidency next time.


15 posted on 08/11/2012 6:18:13 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: Kaslin

they’re running the same argument they used against Palin all over again. Palin lack foreign policy, well same with Obama but media ignore.


16 posted on 08/11/2012 6:19:23 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Kaslin

they’re running the same argument they used against Palin all over again. Palin lack foreign policy, well same with Obama but media ignore.


17 posted on 08/11/2012 6:19:36 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: MediaMole
If anything, Ryan should be at the top of the ticket.

Quoted from MediaMole with a

Hear! Hear!

18 posted on 08/11/2012 6:21:32 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: Kaslin
I love this comment at the New Yorker:

The author didn't write that. This article can only happen because of the help from the government, or the Obama Reelection Committee
Posted 8/11/2012, 8:48:38am by JoeKlip

19 posted on 08/11/2012 6:23:55 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: Kaslin

I am so psyched!!!
Searching For Bobby Fisher - “You’ve lost, you just don’t know it.”
TYG!


20 posted on 08/11/2012 6:25:17 AM PDT by carmody
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To: Kaslin

Paul Ryan had more qualifying experience yesterday, than Obama will have when he leaves office 20 January, 2013.


21 posted on 08/11/2012 6:26:36 AM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: Raycpa

The media will not likely Ryan/Romney over fiscal matters. They will attack Ryan over fabricated misdeeds from his imagined past. There will be no refutations in the MSM, just shock and handwringing that the Republicans could choose two felons. And, as we know from past performance at MSM, it is the nature of the charges, not the reality of events, that matters.


22 posted on 08/11/2012 6:26:36 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: Raycpa

The media will not likely attack Ryan/Romney over fiscal matters or much discuss them. They will attack Ryan over fabricated misdeeds from his imagined past. There will be no refutations in the MSM, just shock and handwringing that the Republicans could choose two felons. And, as we know from past performance at MSM, it is the nature of the charges, not the reality of events, that matters.


23 posted on 08/11/2012 6:27:27 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: MediaMole

Absolutely!

Great things are ahead for this country. Great things. This is an historic moment. Mark this day. Today we begin to turn the ship around.


24 posted on 08/11/2012 6:28:39 AM PDT by carmody
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To: Kaslin

All I can say is WHO CARES what these Leftie Libs think about anything. They truly represent about 20-30% of Americans, yet they want you to believe that they speak for the “vast majority.” Personally, I no longer believe in anyone who is annointed to lead the Nation. Maybe Romney will fool us all and actually help We the People get our country back. Any bets?


25 posted on 08/11/2012 6:29:33 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: arthurus

“If anything, Ryan should be at the top of the ticket”

Well Mitt agrees with you, I just heard him say it on live TV LOL!


26 posted on 08/11/2012 6:32:32 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: TexasCajun
"And I'll Have To Bebate This Man?"

ROFLMAO, (and that is the first time I have EVER used the entire ROFLMAO, hope I got it right). Can't wait for that debate. hahahahaha.

27 posted on 08/11/2012 6:36:56 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: Kaslin

LOL And obamas experience is? Birth in question, failed student, drugs, failed community leader, failed senator (perpetually present,perpetual campaigner), failed RESIDENT. Obamas experience seems to be mostly on how to FAIL at everything.

I do give Howdy Doody some small credit. He is good at golfing, basketball, vacationing and failing.


28 posted on 08/11/2012 6:36:56 AM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: 4rcane

Heard that on Fox this AM and there was absolutely no rebuttal! How about mentioning a presidential candidate last time with absolutely NO experience in anything (except maybe chooming).


29 posted on 08/11/2012 6:38:24 AM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: DAC21
“They’re running the same argument they used against Palin all over again. Palin lack foreign policy, well same with Obama but media ignore”

You didn't get the MSM memo, Bambi made a speech in Germany during the 2008 campaign, that was more than enough foreign policy for the left.

30 posted on 08/11/2012 6:39:24 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Kozak

[ My favorite laugh, “ no private sector experience”
Seriously. ]

Gee Obama is a Paradigm of Private sector experience...


31 posted on 08/11/2012 6:41:19 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin

Ryan is a bold choice who is a true Conservative. He will make the commie heads explode.

Pray for America


32 posted on 08/11/2012 6:43:19 AM PDT by bray (If you vote for a Communist, what's that make you?)
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To: Kozak

I did not actually believe liberals were, across the board, so stupid.

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING they use to attack Mitt and Ryan, can be turned around on their guys.

It is to laugh.


33 posted on 08/11/2012 6:46:24 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: Kaslin
Don't we get tired of these aged 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radicals (psycho spoiled brats) and their bratty ideological issue with this childish harping -- on campus it worked to get their way to bar someone from speaking, get free condoms, or whatever "people's cause." But this is the adult world.

Lincoln saw it 160 years ago..

We are now far into the fifth [decade] since a policy was initiated with the avowed object and confident promise of [tolerating Marxist-Alinsky] agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased but has constantly augmented [to where there are arguably two Americas]. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half [statist] and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of [statism] will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become [accepted] in all the states, [Red and Blue], North as well as South.

34 posted on 08/11/2012 6:47:51 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: unixfox

Probably the opening line for Howdy Doody on Meet the Press...


35 posted on 08/11/2012 6:48:10 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: All

So, now democrats will have to debate on the serious issues of our nation.

Obama/Biden will have to answer for the failed record in the wake of “never letting a good crisis go to waste”.


36 posted on 08/11/2012 6:51:16 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Kaslin

Idiots. Oh, we know Zero is all too experienced as the most experienced Chicago Gay thug who never saw a bribing screwing system he felt uncomfortable with, his sexuality” included.

Brainwashed

F@@@@GS!!!


37 posted on 08/11/2012 6:51:16 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: TexasCajun

38 posted on 08/11/2012 6:51:45 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.


39 posted on 08/11/2012 6:53:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bandleader

“yeah, but... he’s black”


40 posted on 08/11/2012 6:53:36 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: arthurus

I agree with you that we are removing a valuable member of the house and some one I would have like to see seriously considered for speaker.

However, and it is my hope, that part of the selection process was looking at potential replacements for currently serving congressmen and governors. I think there are big shoes to fill, but I believe my fellow citizens in Wisconsin will send us another good one.


41 posted on 08/11/2012 6:54:16 AM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: Bender2

More material for you over here! :)


42 posted on 08/11/2012 6:54:57 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: 4rcane

Wonder how long it will be before the MSM will start picking apart Paul Ryan’s kids like they did Gov Palin’s.


43 posted on 08/11/2012 6:55:18 AM PDT by notaliberal
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To: glennaro

Exactly, and a second term sure wouldn’t give him any more experience especially one that would benefit the country


44 posted on 08/11/2012 6:57:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: notaliberal

“Wonder how long it will be before the MSM will start picking apart Paul Ryan’s kids like they did Gov Palin’s.”

NOT A CHANCE...There will be no Katie Couric moments this time. He would eat her alive.


45 posted on 08/11/2012 6:57:55 AM PDT by wareagle7295
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To: Kaslin

How long before Tina Fey spouts “Ryan can see Canada from his house”?


46 posted on 08/11/2012 6:59:03 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Ezekiel
Re: Media First ROFL Spin On a Paul Ryan Veep Pick and ...local NBC station went to a 3 minute cut-in from Washington DC with some NBC national guy...

Alcho-- eh-- Achol-- Hummmm-- Alcohol abuse... and amphetamines are suspected factors--

47 posted on 08/11/2012 7:01:51 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Kaslin

As Charles Krauthammer said this morning, “The Democrats are largely immune to irony.”


48 posted on 08/11/2012 7:04:42 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: mardi59

I’ve always said, when someone asks me why I’m going to vote for Rommney that if we only had Elmer Fudd on the ticket against Obama, I would vote for Elmer Fudd.


49 posted on 08/11/2012 7:05:37 AM PDT by MondoQueen
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To: P-Marlowe
This is a good one to

"Finally a team who knows something about the economy instead rock star status."

50 posted on 08/11/2012 7:06:42 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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