A week after being introduced as Mitt Romney’s VP running mate and Paul Ryan has taken the nation by storm, already reaching rock star status as he plays to overflow crowds. Still, that doesn’t deter the lamestream media from trying to portray him as “risky” or “controversial” in their reporting.
All week we’ve been treated to an epic meltdown by the current Vice President, yet it’s Ryan who’s the risky candidate.
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney wants running mate Paul Ryan to play it safe.
The nation’s most controversial budget architect, Ryan is often described as the intellectual leader of the House Republican caucus. But Romney’s Boston headquarters — so far, at least — seems to prefer that the 42-year-old father of three talks about camping and milking cows instead of the transformational budget proposals that made him a conservative hero.
Ryan, who wrote a plan to overhaul Medicare as chairman of the House Budget Committee, did not use the word “Medicare” with voters over the first four days on the campaign trail. When he finally touched on the health care insurance program for seniors, he did so only in broad strokes after Romney himself first outlined the campaign’s talking points.
Yup, they’re so cautious Medicare is a losing issue for them that Ryan will be appearing shortly at The Villages in Florida, home to 61,000. And what do you know, on a report I saw around 8 am, there’s already thousands there to see him appear with his mother at 10 am. Imagine the nerve of this smiling assassin, showing up at the nation’s largest retirement community to personally condemn them to an early death. And to bring his mother along as a prop, no less.
You can watch live here.
They get back to cheerleading for Obama.
Just don’t expect Ryan to start charting his Medicare plans on stage. His proposal to turn the guaranteed health care program for people 65 and over into a voucher-like system creates significant political challenges for the Romney-Ryan ticket — and for Republicans across the country. Many seniors don’t fully understand the proposal. And Obama’s re-election campaign is aggressively condemning the plan as something that would “end Medicare as we know it.”
Many in the media also don’t understand the proposal, either. Or the fact that Ryan’s not at the top of the ticket. Conveniently, the AP entirely ignores the fact Obama steals $716 billion from Medicare. That seems, well, controversial and risky.