New York Times:
- Mitt Romney’s safe and squishy campaign just took on a much harder edge. A candidate of no details— I’ll cut the budget but no need to explain just how — has named a vice-presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, whose vision is filled with endless columns of minus signs. Voters will now be able to see with painful clarity just what the Republican Party has in store for them.
- But Romney’s need to make such a bold choice is also a sign of weakness. Candidates confident in their position don’t go for boldness. They make a choice for balance, or to carry a state, or that reinforces their own persona.
- One risk for Romney is that Ryan is a leader of what may be the most unloved political institution in America. Another is that, rather than having a serious debate about Washington's fiscal mess, the Obama campaign will simply unleash the stinging and often hyperbolic critiques that Democrats have made of Ryan's budgets.
- Romney and Ryan: America's go back team. The Romney-Ryan ticket would bring back the failed top-down policies of the past that crashed our economy and punished the middle class. America can't afford the Go Back Team.
- If their records are any indication of how they’d govern, it’s not looking good (unless you’re a right-wing conservative in the top 5 percent of income-earners and not a woman or a worker counting on Medicare in your future).
- In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy.
1. Chris Matthews of MSNBC: "He's screwing the people he doesn't expect to vote for him. The people he doesn't expect to vote for him, he's screwing."
2. Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC: "This is not a pick for suburban moms. This is not a pick for women."
3. Jonathan Martin of Politico: "Flipping burgers at McDonald’s, steering the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, slinging cheap margaritas, and toning abs and pecs. That’s about the extent of Rep. Paul Ryan’s private sector experience."
4. Gloria Borger of CNN: "The debate is going to continue because Paul Ryan is a polarizing figure. I mean, there is an ad done by Democrats having somebody who looks like Paul Ryan pushing a grandma off the cliff."
5. Candy Crowley of CNN: "Looks a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish."
6. Ryan Lizza of New Yorker, who has obviously never studied Obama's background: "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."
7. Breitbart.com has a good piece on Old Media attacking Ryan, especially for his "controversial" budget. Breitbart reminds us that Obama's last budget was voted down 414-0. Remember that when the media -- which is 85% leftist -- start talking about Ryan's budget. Not a single legislator, Republican or Democrat, voted for Obama's budget.