Romney – Ryan: Robotic, Ridiculous, Repellent

12 Aug

After weeks of making a mess of everything he touched, Mitt Romney decided to make a bold move an announce his running mate. Eschewing the “boring white guy” theme his handlers had promised, he opted for Teamaniac Rep. Paul Ryan (Evil – WI). Looks like he’s still making a mess of everything he touches.

Like Romney, Ryan has been honored with our Bigot of the Week Award. He’s also a firm adherent of Ayn Rand’ s objectionable Objectivism and deification of capitalism. A firm supporter of the War On Women and opponent of LGBT equality, his voting record in the House is almost identical to that of known loon Michele Bachmann. In fact, an aggregate score shows him to be the most conservative VP pick by a major party since 1900, a list that includes Dick Cheney and Richard Nixon!

Ryan is best known as the architect of a House budget plan so odious that even John “The Great Capitulator” Boehner thinks it’s a bit harsh. A key component of the budget is the end of Medicare as we know it. That makes one wonder why Mitt would make this pick, other than to keep up his string of really bad decisions. Romney’s strongest support is from older white voters. Those voters, particularly in swing states, are very opposed to any change in Medicare. By tacking so far to the right with his VP pick, poor ol’ Mitt has found a way to alienate potential voters without appealing to the rare moderate undecideds who might actually have bumped up his numbers. Rabid Ryan will firm up the base, but all that does is more firmly secure states that are already bright red. Pundits and journalists alike are baffled.

After months of dithering, deceiving, and dodging, Mitt has finally sent one strong signal. His campaign is dedicated to the small-minded and vicious voices that have stalled the recovery, dedicated themselves to opposing the President at the expense of the people, and pursued a narrow fringe agenda. The governing strategy of a Romney-Ryan administration is clear, and it holds no hope for the middle class or the disenfranchised.


20 Responses to “Romney – Ryan: Robotic, Ridiculous, Repellent”

  1. Nancy Campbell Mead August 12, 2012 at 6:41 am #


  2. daphiny August 12, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    They are definately a scary combination, and I agree, why on earth he is pi$$ing off the GOP’s base of OLD and WHITE is beyond me … But Im grateful he is, it will make President Obama’s job of getting re-elected a lot easier … hugs

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 12, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Thanks, Daphiny. I hope you are right that this makes Obama’s road easier. It certainly clarifies Romney’s priorities!

  3. Christine Noble August 12, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    He might be hoping to mobilize the extremist voters who might have sat out election day, but that is the best logic I can come up with and it is not very good logic because it will also scare enough apathetic Dems into voting, push away moderates and scare far left types (like myself) who might have voted Green or SWP into voting Dem (I am still on the fence, but many will jump off it thanks to this.)

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 12, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      I think you’re right about Romney’s motiviation, Christine. It certainly seems risky, though. As you observe, Ryan is easy for the left to demonize and use for motivation. All Mitt gains is a firmer foothold in red states which isn’t helpful if he want electoral votes. Let’s hope this is the latest in a string of Mittcalculations…

      • daphiny August 12, 2012 at 8:42 am #

        For awhile I had thought that all these mistakes and dumb moves Mitt Romney was and continues to make were strictly by accident or he had klutz of the mouth disease, sort of like Biden can be at times. But as time goes on you start to notice that Mitt Romney is one of those people who wants everyone to like him and will say or do anything he “thinks” they want to hear or see in the hopes of them liking him . He would FLIP FLOP on one of his 150 childrens birthdates if he thought it would get someone, anyone to like him and they dont nessesarily need to be benefitally to him or his cause, he just wants to be liked, so bad its pitiful .. Maybe it has something to do with his childhood, being just one of a thousand Im sure makes you do whatever you can to get noticed and stand out .. SEE ME … LOVE ME …etc… dunno.. just an idea … 🙂

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

        Oh my god! I love it! I have to steal “klutz of mouth disease.” 🙂

      • Tom McCollin August 12, 2012 at 9:29 am #

        I am reminded of the tagline from the 1986 movie ‘The Fly’…..”Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.”

      • daphiny August 13, 2012 at 9:56 am #

        Michael Hulshof-SchmidtAugust 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm#
        Oh my god! I love it! I have to steal “klutz of mouth disease.”

        LMAO… Glad you like it .. Have fun with it heheee hugs Daph

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 13, 2012 at 9:57 am #

        You are brilliant. Thank you for letting me steal that phrase!

  4. Lori Schmidt August 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    I agree with Tom McCollins comment “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid”

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      Yes, I’m afraid we all need to be very afraid, although I am in awe of Romney’s pathological narcissism, which I suspect is the driving force of this nefarious VP pick.

  5. Tom McCollin August 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Either they are really trying to lose on purpose or have this election bought and paid for already.

  6. Jay August 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    In a bizarre way, I like the pick of Ryan, because I think this selection will cost Romney more votes than it will gain. How many voters does Ryan add? He’ll excite the ideological base of his party, particularly from the neo-Randian, small-government wing of the wing-nuts, and he might sway a few deficit-hawk independents. But who else? I’m not sure that he can even put his home state in the Romney ‘win’ column.

    As to votes Ryan will cost, the biggest of several categories where he’ll hurt is probably among Seniors. Medicare is in need of reform, but Ryan’s slash-and-burn approach is clearly not the way to go, and most Seniors know this in both their head and their gut.

    Maybe Romney is looking for a scapegoat should he lose the election, and to send a message that the Republicans need to expand their base. “I gave the ideological hardliners a VP they could love, and we still lost. It was Ryan’s fault at least as much as mine. Our party had better reconsider our purity-test approach to selecting a nominee, because its making it too difficult to recalibrate and win the general election.”

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm #


      I certainly agree with your first paragraph completely. I honestly don’t think Romney is looking for a scapegoat. I think his pathological narcism has taken full control and he is drinking the tea of the only party that is singing his praises. I think you will enjoy tomorrow’s blog entry.

      • Jay August 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

        It is pretty clear Romney is trying to excite and motivate the base of the Republican Party (both in terms of votes and dollars) in selecting Ryan, and in that sense the selection represents an ideological doubling-down rather than an attempt to reach out to moderates and independents.

        Your notion that this is in turn because Romney has thoroughly guzzled the Tea Party’s nasty brew is more likely than my left-field scapegoat theory, but there is at least one other plausible explanation: Romney may have simply done the electoral calculus, and concluded that exciting donors and the base and the pundits on Fox News represents his best shot at winning. I think Romney is wrong, if that’s the case, but I’m even more certain he doesn’t give a damn what I think.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

        Please, please,do not let it be that: ” Romney may have simply done the electoral calculus, and concluded that exciting donors and the base and the pundits on Fox News represents his best shot at winning.”

  7. natalienm August 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Simply because I admire your convictions, your outspokenness and your kind heart I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

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