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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saturday Big Blue Smurf Blogging: What They Said
Posted by Jill | 9:04 PM
Today's honoree: Charlie Pierce, who could be named ANY day, but today in particular he's in rare form, as he introduces us to Paul Ryan: Murderer of Opportunity, Political Coward, Candidate for Vice President of the United States

Money quotes:
Willard has recaptured a good portion of the elite political media, which has been crushing on Ryan's "courage" to take on the "tough choices" — none of which, it should be pointed out, likely will affect Ryan, who's already got himself an education out of the social safety net he now intends to shred, and certainly will never affect the haircut at the top of the ticket, or his great-grandchildren, for all that — and the coverage of the pick in the middle of the night showed that many of our finer chattering heads are already practicing tying the stem of the cherry with their tongues in preparation for covering the new Republican ticket.

He does not have the raw balls to explain to the country that, no, he does not believe in government — not the federal government, anyway, and not as it was originally conceived, as the fundamental expression of a political commonwealth. He's grandfathered his plan to chloroform Medicare so that, despite the deficit that he considers such an urgent problem, nobody alive today who might vote against him will be affected by it. For the same reason, he will not specify the cuts that he will make or the tax "loopholes" —coughMortgageInterestDeductioncough — that he will close. In any way that will come to matter to the people whose lives his policies will make harder and more miserable, Paul Ryan is still the high-school kid living off Social Security survivor benefits and reading Ayn Rand by flashlight under the sheets. Instead, he's a guy pretending to be something he's not, and doing so back in Janesville in a very swell Georgian mansion, which just happens to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

I'd lay in a supply of popcorn to watch it all go to shit when the Kochs and Sheldon Adelson succeed in putting this demonic pair into the White House, if I wasn't going to be living in an 11-year-old Civic like everyone else who isn't a billionaire.

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Blogger Jimbo said...
Still brilliant at breakfast even though...um.. I'm pretty past breakfast.

Our doe-eyed, matinee idol, Gooper VP nominee needs someone to make a deft and subtle skewering of his obvious hypocrisies. You've started doing that, among others: the fact that he voted for all...all of W's blow-the-budget out legislation and so is equally responsible for all the shit that is W's legacy.

And then he suddenly becomes all deficit holy when Obama gets elected. So, that means he's just another hack (and designated GOP hatchet-man) but more a matinee-idol looking than the rest of the bridge trolls of the Goop (e.g. Norquist or the lugubrious turtle in the Senate).

Point is Obama spotted Ryan's posturing two years ago and called him on his ludicrous budget proposal then and Ryan cried and the Goopers had a Very Big Sad. So this has been set up for a while. In one sense, Rmoney is a side show right now. But that's another post.

Frankly, it's time to let slip the Dogs of Biden on Ryan, Rawoor. Let the battle really begin.

(Love your blog BTW)