At 10:30 on Monday night, Ann Romney is scheduled to take the stage at the Republican National Convention, in Act 1 of her husband’s four-day introduction to the nation. But tens of millions of people will not be able to watch.
CBS plans instead to show a rerun of “Hawaii Five-O,” its hit police series. Viewers of NBC will see a new episode of “Grimm,” about a homicide detective with the supernatural ability to sense evil. And ABC plans to show “Castle,” a series about a best-selling mystery novelist who helps solve crimes.
Misplaced priorities, or is this speech not that big a deal?
» What “bounce”? And, as it turns out, Romney’s pick of Ryan didn’t exactly give him a desired jump in the polls. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight puts it like so: “This is a below-average ‘bounce’ for the selection of a vice presidential candidate. In past elections, the bounce has averaged in the neighborhood of 4 percentage points instead.” Silver has Romney well behind Obama in the electoral vote count.
Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the machine our music rages against.Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist blasts Romney’s VP pick and unlikely Rage fan - Rolling Stone (via brooklynmutt)
I represent a part of America that includes inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns. Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from those running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately troubles me the most. There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures.Rep. Paul Ryan • In prepared remarks the just-tapped vice-presidential candidate plans to give this morning. (more here)
The overnight vetting of Paul Ryan.
From August, 2010, the Times’ “A Young Republican With a Sweeping Agenda”
From August of this year, Ryan Lizza’s “Fussbudget”
Lizza also shares this photo from Ryan’s high school yearbook, in which Ryan was named “biggest brown-noser.”
Paul Ryan’s classmates vote him “Biggest ‘Brown-Noser.’” twitter.com/RyanLizza/stat— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 11, 2012
Here’s Ryan on C-SPAN in 1998, when he first joined Congress.
Here’s his big ol’ house in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Paul Ryan has a nice house here in Janesville instagr.am/p/OL5-WLi-xR/— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) August 11, 2012
Some other notes:
First prez election with no military vet on either ticket since 1932.— daveweigel (@daveweigel) August 11, 2012
Last year we found Florida voters opposed Ryan plan by 16 points, North Carolina voters opposed it by 23— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) August 11, 2012
The best early analysis is Ezra Klein’s “Seven Thoughts on Ryan”.
But if you’re looking for detail, here is a 290-page opposition research book on Ryan, released by a Super PAC.
Undoubtedly, more to come.
Gaywrites also points out that Ryan has a very weak gay-rights record.
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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.Politico’s Jonathan Martin • Discussing a glaring problem were Mitt Romney to pick Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate: He has little experience in the private sector, something Romney himself is pushing very hard. Ryan’s business experience? Limited to working at his family’s construction business only a few months. On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal just gave him some serious backing, noting that Ryan’s pick would give Romney a chance to win on big issues (with Ryan’s fiscal background offering up those big issues), rather than losing on small ones.