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Tag: gop 2012

Paul Ryan Invokes Joe The Plumber (Seriously)

by evanmcmurry

Paul Ryan, speaking at a steel factory in western PA yesterday:

“Hey, I’m a Catholic deer-hunter,” Ryan said at Beaver Steel just outside Pittsburgh. “I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion.”

The comments the presumptive GOP vice-presidential nominee made referenced remarks Obama made on the campaign trail back in 2008.

[…] Speaking in front of a large “We did build IT!” sign, the seven-term congressman also gave the crowd another 2008 flashback, telling the crowd about Joe the Plumber.

“You know, every now and then President Obama sort of drops his veil,” Ryan said. “He’s less coy about his philosophy. He sort of reveals his true governing policy, what he really believes. Remember back in 2008, remember the guy Joe the Plumber? Remember when he said, you know, ‘We wanna spread the wealth around’? It’s this belief that the economy is some fixed pie, that there’s only just so much money in America, it’s fixed, and that the job of the government is to redistribute the slices of the pie. That’s not true.” (via)

So…is this the “big campaign, about big issues and big choices” William Kristol promised us? (Throw that on the list of things The Man Who Brought You Sarah Palin has gotten wrong.) Should someone—perhaps William Kristol?—tell Paul Ryan that the GOP lost the 2008 election, and quite handedly? So maybe he shouldn’t be using warmed-over nonsense from a losing election? I mean, GOP donors are donating by the tens of millions; the least they should be able to expect is new bullshit.

Also, someone should knock on Joe the Plumber’s noggin and explain what would happen to guys like him under Ryan’s budget. If only someone would come up with a metaphor for the relationship between the rich and the middle class under a Romney/Ryan administration…


by evanmcmurry

“It appears to be a Google ad, meaning that the Romney campaign may have simply purchased ad space from Google linked to the keyword “Santorum” without considering the likelihood that Google would automatically place the ad on the vulgar site. On the other hand, it would be shocking if the Romney campaign weren’t aware of what pops up on Google when one enters that keyword.”

Zombie voters!

by evanmcmurry

I demand that we begin referring to the other 26% as dead-again Christians: “A little-noted finding in that same Register poll was that only 34 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers identified themselves as born-again Christians; in 2008, that figure was 60 percent.”

There Oughta Be a Law, Conservative Small-Government Version

by evanmcmurry

“I think there ought to be a review panel, or something like that,” said Kelly King, waiting for a chance to shake Gingrich’s hand in Council Bluffs. “You shouldn’t be allowed to run these things that are totally negative and wrong.”

Presumably, when she met Gingrich, the two discussed his various plans for deregulation.

I know it’s Saturday night, but…

by evanmcmurry

All three guests on FOX News right now are from the Wall Street Journal. #balance

Sentence of the Eve

by evanmcmurry

“Watching Rick Perry speak is like watching a Nascar race. It’s a bit boring until the inevitable crash.”

Oy, the way he talks, it’s meshuggah

by evanmcmurry

Question for the candidate from Texas: where is this Isrull you speak of?

Sentence of the Day

by evanmcmurry

“[Romney’s ad] also makes an unspoken contrast to Gingrich, whose commitment to marriage is measured in frequency not longevity.” –John Dickerson, in Slate.

Newt Gingrich: A Still Life (2)

by evanmcmurry

I hate to praise George Will (just as much as I hate to praise M. Dowd), but his article on Gingrich was enjoyably savage:

“There is almost artistic vulgarity in Gingrich’s unrepented role as a hired larynx…”

“Gingrich, who would have made a marvelous Marxist, believes everything is related to everything else and only he understands how. Conservatism, in contrast, is both cause and effect of modesty about understanding society’s complexities, controlling its trajectory and improving upon its spontaneous order. Conservatism inoculates against the hubristic volatility that Gingrich exemplifies…

“Gingrich might stop being (as Churchill said of John Foster Dulles) a bull who carries his own china shop around with him.”

If this anti-Gingrich artistry continues, it may rehabilitate columnists as much as it takes down Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich: A Still Life

by evanmcmurry

I don’t like Maureen Dowd any more than the next literate human, but every once in a while she nails it. I’ve never heard Gingrich’s combination of legitimate historical/political knowledge and say-anything-with-extreme-force style put better than “He plays air guitar with ideas.” Read the whole thing here, and I promise never to link to Maureen Dowd again.