Ryan Accepts Vice Presidential Nomination

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan took the stage tonight here in Tampa to accept his nomination for Vice President. Though 42, Ryan has been in politics for some time now, serving in Congress for 14 yrs. Ryan gained national attention and a following among conservatives for proposing a budget he called the “Roadmap for America’s Future.” Democrats criticized the plan as ‘radical’ and ‘extreme’ even though the Ryan plan takes 27 years to balance the budget. Calling that plan radical either demonstrates how far left the Democrats have moved or how deep in debt we really are…or both.

Picking a running mate is often called the first decision a President makes. Ryan’s selection seemed to solidify and energize the Republican base behind Romney. It injected a measure of seriousness to the campaign, as Ryan himself seemed to acknowledge:

“I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready.

Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney.

Despite being the guy who wants to cut everything, Ryan is able to communicate his message with a hopeful tone. He ended his speech expressing hope for the future and rallying people to the Romney/Ryan cause:

“The right that makes all the difference now, is the right to choose our own leaders. And you are entitled to the clearest possible choice, because the time for choosing is drawing near. So here is our pledge.

We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead.

We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility.

We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.

The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.


  1. I Miss the 90s says:

    …and the founding principles are?…

    Federalism, republicanism, and limited government…I know. The point is, the electorate does not.
    Nice speech. It will rally the ignoramouses in the Tea Party…but we already knew they would vote, and vote against Obama.

    If Ryan is going to run for president in 2016 he can not be so naive.

    • Harry says:

      Got a call right after Ryan’s speech from a 2008 Obama voter, an independent-minded friend. However, he’s very much on the side of stopping the excessive cost and overreach of government unions. He said he’s going with Romney-Ryan, and Ryan’s speech won him over. According to him, Obama took a situation that was far from ideal, and has done nothing to improve it. No matter what the cause, you don’t continue to go with someone who campaigned on change, but isn’t bringing improvement within 3 years as promised. Ryan hit on some points that resonated with this person. It seems Ryan is helping with independents – not just conservatives.

      • caroline says:

        That actually is a pretty good argument for Romney. It’s not one though that most conservatives on the street use though from my experience.

  2. xdog says:

    My favorite part of Lyin’ Ryan’s speech was when he ragged on Obama for ignoring Bowles-Simpson.

    “He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.”

    Ryan served on that commission. Ryan voted against No on its final recommendations.

    • Great point. The modern GOP: great at having one position (take your pick – individual mandate, women’s place in society, Simpson-Bowles, abortion etc) and then having the exact opposite position once it is politically convenient and conveniently forgetting they ever had the other position on cue.

      And Buzz – in 1995, when Newt Gingrich put out a budget proposal that would have balanced the budget in seven years (I believe), Clinton put out an alternative proposal that would take 10 years. Since 10 years is essentially an un-enforceable eternity in politics, this put Clinton on the barest edge of credibility.

      Now Ryan, the “SERIOUS” thinker, puts out a (yes) extreme plan that drastically stops increasing spending immediately but still doesn’t balance the budget for 27!!!! because it cuts taxes even more and then waits for inflation to increase tax revenue to the point where it will even out to the (non-inflation adjusted) budget cuts. So yes, even though it’s a fantasy budget (27 years, come on) it’s still extreme, regardless of what Harry’s imaginary friend thinks.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Agreed that Clinton/Gingrich were more serious about the budget than this guy. We ended up with a surplus with that tandem. Granted, Algore invented the Internet just prior, so productivity skyrocketed, blowing away Alan Greenspan as his fears of inflation weren’t met due to the increased revenue.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Key in Ryan’s speech was the comment that they will limit government spending to 20% of GDP. That’s enough.
    You’d have to be an ignored to think the Obama is taking us in the right direction. The speeches show the lead GOP knows a positive direction. The democrats have not spent wisely and we have to hope the new administration doesn’t replace it with their set of winners .

  4. Blake says:

    “Calling that plan radical either demonstrates how far left the Democrats have moved or how deep in debt we really are…or both.”

    Or how tax-averse Ryan’s budget is. Especially considering that it requires several trillion dollars in tax hikes that he hasn’t spelled out to get balanced in even 27 years. Oh, he’s real serious, all right.

    • Paul Ryan’s balanced budget plan is the equivalent of a 30 year old spending all of their money eating out and on plasma televisions saying don’t worry about retirement, my 55 year old self will figure it out.

      Or 57.

  5. Toxic Avenger says:

    My favorite part is where he blatantly lied. A lot.

    Like his remark about President Obama “promising” [never happened] not to shut down a Janesville, WI GM plant, that got shut down (under George Bush, in December 2008)

    Or the S&P downgrade being laid at the President’s feet, despite the fact that S&P itself cited Congressional infighting over the debt ceiling as the reason.

    Or, as mentioned above, his discussion of the Simpson-Bowles plan, which he rejected in committee, and was instrumental in ensuring it would never become a law.

    Or his statement about the President’s purported Medicare cuts, failing to mention that the Ryan Plan makes at least that many cuts, if not more.

    The man can talk, I’ll give you that. He sounds nice, and he looks good doing it. But go past the empty rhetoric and sexy soundbytes, and you’ll see he’s just as hollow as the rest of them– except when he tries to be substantive, he can’t tell the truth.

  6. benevolus says:

    “Despite being the guy who wants to cut everything…”

    Not everything. Only social programs. Military is okey dokey.

    • Harry says:

      Sally Kohn is a liberal activist….Google on her. Fox is trying to be more bipartisan these days. We’ll see how that works out for them.

      • James says:

        That may well be, but I don’t hear any argument that she’s wrong in her assessment of his veracity.

        • Harry says:

          I don’t have enough information to address all her handful of points, but for sure she’s wron on this one:

          “Fact: While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.”

          The US credit rating was downgraded because of deficit spending, plain and simple. Our debt to GDP ratio is increasing exponentially and places us among a select group of countries with a ratio greater than 100%.

          • James says:

            Harry, do you have any proof supporting this argument? Did the bond rating agencies issue a statement connecting the downgrading with deficit spending? And, even if you are correct, surely you are not insinuating that deficit spending is unique to Obama.

  7. Harry says:


    My friend is not imaginary. He’s a Florida voter. The conversation really happened last night. I had argued with him about Obama-Biden during 2008, but to no avail – he went ahead and voted for Obama-Biden anyway. However, for some time now he has agreed with me that Obama-Biden are indeed empty suits. The only question for him and many others like him is, are Romney-Ryan an improvement? After last night, he is more convinced that Romney-Ryan will be better for the country.

  8. SallyForth says:

    All I can say is that it will be interesting to see the V-P debate between Ryan and Biden. After Ms. Airhead in 2008, this one will be a bit tougher for Joe.

    • Calypso says:

      She was third runner-up as Ms. Alaska, not Ms. Airhead, and it was 1984, not 2008.

      Where’s your sense of history, man?

  9. Three Jack says:

    Ryan is proving a simple fact; democrats will attack no matter what budget plan is put forth. So like I’ve been saying for years, stop with the incremental BS and just go for it….you’re going to get blasted either way. Introduce a budget that ends all redistribution from producers to freeloaders, eliminate all tax loopholes while reducing marginal rates considerably and make every job holder pay some income tax. Budget truly balanced in a much shorter timeframe than 27 years.

    And I love all these brilliant analysts jumping all over themselves to call Ryan a liar even though most of his speech was truthful (including the part about GM in Janesville). Where were you truth seekers when Obama claimed Romney/Obama/RobertsCare would not raise taxes, cost less than a trillion$$$ and decrease the cost of medical care? Yea, that real policy stuff doesn’t matter, let’s get all riled up over a convention speech instead.

  10. Jimmie says:

    He can talk all he wants. His record as a conservative sucks. He’s a big Gov’t spender. All I heard last night was Blah, blah, blah.

  11. xdog says:

    “most of his speech was truthful (including the part about GM in Janesville)”

    Lyin’ Ryan said: “A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years,’” Ryan recalled. “That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.”

    For now let’s skip the funny part about Ryan condemning Obama for not bailing out more car makers and note that the Janesville plant closed in 2008, before Obama’s inauguration.

    Here’s a chronology of the plant closing.

    For a little additional sauce, here’s Romney’s 2008 NYT op-ed, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”.

    For a real guffaw, Romney in 2012 said “Romney said Monday that he would “take a lot of credit” for his impact on the U.S. automobile industry’s comeback.

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