A Few Things To Know After the Ryan Announcement

AlterNet's Adele Stangave us a rundown on what Paul Ryan's candidacy means: "It’s official: The Republican Party is now officially a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Koch brothers." Now here are a few things to know post announcement hoopla.

1. The announcement itself was pretty, well, bad. Here's BooMan's take on what went down:

The whole thing was weird and foolish. Romney first told us that Paul Ryan is fond of lighting candles, and then announced that Ryan would be the next president of the United States. They chose some movie score to play for Ryan's "dramatic" entrance, probably because almost no musicians will allow this conservative freak-show to use their music. Then Ryan delivered what can only be described as a lackluster speech filled with lies. His big applause line was that they are going to "make American great again." What? You don't think America is great now? F-U, buddy, move to Canada.

2. Romney is now flip-flopping on his own running mate's budget plan. Jed Lewison at Daily Kos explains why this won't work.

Here's a passage directly from the Romney talking points:


  • Questions and Answers About The Romney/Ryan Ticket:
  • 1) Does this mean Mitt Romney is adopting the Paul Ryan plan?
  •  Gov. Romney applauds Paul Ryan for going in the right direction with his budget, and as president he will be putting together his own plan for cutting the deficit and putting the budget on a path to balance.

That's absolute craziness right there. I mean, Romney has already gotten behind the Ryan plan. Now he's picked him as his VP candidate. And yet he's trying to put off saying what his fiscal plan would be? That statement literally says Romney won't reveal his plan until he's president. That's a whacky enough idea on its own ... but he already has put his ideas out there. And his ideas are Paul Ryan's ideas!

There's no chance they will get away with this, though. The Obama campaign is not about to let people forget that Romney has spent the entire campaign raving about Ryan's plan and attacking people like Newt Gingrich who questioned it ... and now he's named Ryan to his ticket. They can't distance themselves from Ryan and it's crazy to try.

3. Liberal and progressive groups are already making hay off the Ryan budget and our inboxes are filling up with Ryan-related appeals and action alerts. Emily's List is listing the worst things about Ryan's budget for women, including his extreme anti-choice position, while pro-Social Security and Medicare groups are obviously jumping into the fray. One Veteran's group, VoteVets.org, sent out an email reminding us about the budget's lack of provisions for Vets.

4. Ethics questions remain about Ryan's original budget plan, as The Daily Beast reported at the time: while gashing medicare, the plan would have offered huge subsidies and tax breaks for the oil and mining industries--the very industries that have given him his personal fortune. This piece is worth a read.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at August 11, 2012, 8:31am

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