Generally Awful

image of Mitt Romney talking to his son Craig onstage at a campaign event, to which I have added dialogue bubbles indicating Mitt is saying: 'I'm so glad I chose you as my running mate, Paul Ryan!' and Craig is responding: 'DAD! For the millionth time! I'm not Paul Ryan! It's me – your son Craig!'

There is so much GREAT NEWS today, y'all! The thing I'm definitely excited about after reading all this super-duper news is what a great candidate Paul Ryan is! Everyone loves him! By which I mean everyone hates him SO MUCH!

Especially Republican operatives. Who, naturally, don't want to be named because AWKWARD! Especially if the Dystopian Duo accidentally win, and these naysaying ne'er-do-wells want lucrative jobs in their garbage administration.

Anyway! Ed Kilgore and Steve Benen both have great write-ups on that excellent story about how even Paul Ryan's own party think he's a disaster pick.

Meanwhile, P-Krugz makes the excellent observation that picking Ryan was really a ploy to the media, more than any particular conservative constituency.

And Charlie Pierce notes the strategy is looking pretty successful so far.

In other news...

Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress: Reagan Budget Adviser Blasts Paul Ryan's Budget as an 'Empty Fairy Tale'. HA HA! Reagan's budget adviser! Seriously, when David Stockman thinks you've gone too far, you have seriously derailed.

Also a fairy tale? Paul Ryan's bootstraps version of his family history. Shocking.

Surprise! He's also a total hypocrite.

Also in the news today...

Lee Brodie at CNBC: Ryan Will Cost Romney Florida. "In a live interview on CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, John Taylor, the chairman of FX Concepts tells us Ryan will cost Romney Florida—and likely the election. 'Paul Ryan makes the vote entirely about his tax and spending package and that's very difficult because you're going to lose all the old guys,' says Taylor." ALL the old guys?! Holy shit, that's like the whole Republican base! I kid. The Republican base is only white old guys. I kid. The Republican base is only straight white old guys. I kid. Barely.

Garrett Haake at NBC: Romney Struggles to Get Square with Ryan's Medicare Plan. Here's a great quote from professional genius Mitt Romney: "We haven't gone through piece by piece and said, 'Oh, here's a place where there's a difference,' but my plan for Medicare is very similar to his plan, which is 'Do not change the program for current retirees or near-retirees but do not do what the president has done and that is to cut $700 billion out of the current program'." Perfect. That is just a perfect quote that makes total sense from a sensible and smart gentleman.

Speaking of what a great candidate Mitt Romney is: Host for Romney Event Is a Convicted Drug Dealer. Yep.

Talk about these things! Or don't. Whatever makes you happy. Life is short.

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