Skip to comments.The Mantle of Leadership Has Shifted: Romney, Ryan Govern in All but Name
Posted on 08/18/2012 4:29:47 PM PDT by NCjim
In the first week since Paul Ryan joined Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket, something subtle yet fundamental has happened to the country--something not yet reflected in poll numbers or punditry: the mantle of leadership has shifted.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden (certainly the latter) occupy office but cannot be said to govern in any meaningful way beyond formalities. Obama avoids the media; Biden has been sent back to Delaware; and their vast auxiliary army of super PACs and community organizers is reduced to petty sniping and personal attacks. No one expects any truly new ideas or proposals to come out of the Obama campaign anymore. It is telling that the only real debate this week was between Romney and Ryan's Medicare policies, not Obama's.
The honest reflections of the more thoughtful voices on the American left confirm that Romney and Ryan are, in effect, leading the country. First there was William Saletan of Slate, who wrote--without irony: "A wonderful thing has happened for this country. Paul Ryan will be the Republican nominee for vice president." He added that Republicans like Ryan were the perfect antidote to Democratic excesses: "Maybe, like me, you were raised in a liberal household. You dont agree with conservative ideas on social or foreign policy. But this is why God made Republicans: to force a reality check when Democrats overpromise and overspend."
That reaction found echoes in praise for Ryan offered by veteran Democrat Erskine Bowles of the president's own fiscal commission, among others. Other Democrats--notably former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder, the state's first African-American governor, and none too impressed with Biden's offensive appeals to racial resentment--began to consider crossing party lines to support the Republican ticket, even if just this once.
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Kindly stop taking my name in vain. Thanks :)
(Many of us had that moment earlier -- whether the "this is the moment when the planet began to heal" or "we are five days from fundamentally transforming the United States of America" or Moochelle's "for the first time in my adult life I was proud of my country" or bowing to the Saudi King or "I won" or ...)
Hell, who am I kidding. He *is* the deluge.
Went over there, and found this piece of crap.
Supposed to be 194 things that Bambi did, most are vile, lies, or smoke and mirrors. Couldn’t make it past the first few things. It is a pile of BS.
Why worry about something that he (Romney) can simply void by Executive Order like the Oba-Messiah enacted in the 1st place? Better to void it after winning office and THEN canvas the Congress to pass worthwhile legislation to finally fix the immigration problem once and for all!
And a quarter of those on the dole -- the most recent -- hate being there.
It ain't gonna be close. 2010 all over again.
Agree, it's even worse in context.
And it's even worse in the audio. The whole spiel was full of venom...and he actually spat out the words "You didn't build that".
His meaning was crystal-clear. And frightening.
This paints too rosey a picture. Half the country is on the dole. Its going to be a close election.
Right now you look like a genius.. Rasmussen has Obama up by 2 and Gallup has Romney up by 2. Both eithin the MOE.
Still waiting to see Romney and Ryan at a Chic-fil-A.
Thanks NCjim and 4Liberty.
do you think those that are on assistance all want to be? I highly doubt that.
Your name is Regurgitate?? Please accept my apologies.:o)
Have Romney and or the GOP stated that they would get rid of the many Czar positions. I will have to see it to believe it. We’ll be lucky if these unconstitutional positions are eradicated. Maybe like Bush in the name of cooperation and fairness we can let them remain i.e. heads of committees; might even leave the same people in there. Kinda like Reagan leaving hundreds of Carter appointees in positions to continue their mission. What has to be done versus what will be is too depressing to contemplate I’m afraid.
” - - - Democrat surrogates find the old weapons no longer work.”
Ah, but are they not working on the backbone of the Democrat Party: Yellow-Dog Democrats?
I agree. That was a critical moment that defined Obama for many.
It’s actually worse than the Kerry gaffe “I voted for it before I voted against it” in 04.
Remember that obama was speaking to his constituants who probably have not built anything without the help of the federal government.
Under normal circumstances I would share your skepticism. However, Mitt Romney has a history of turning around numerous failed businesses in part by by trimming fat and eliminating unproductive positions. It's what he has done for decades, and what he brings to the present crisis. On that, Romney and Ryan see eye to eye.
Let me guess - Democrats are going to run on lies and fear - and the MSM will buy it...
I think you're right. That was the moment ...