August 13, 2012
I should warn you to take my views on Paul Ryan with a grain of salt. He was a staffer for Robert Kasten who ran the dirtiest campaign in Wisconsin's history against me. He worked with Roger Ailes in the Kasten campaign. Ailes went on to head Fox News--"Fair and Balanced!" and other fairy tales. Kasten defeated the best senator Wisconsin had since La Follette, Gaylord Nelson. To have Kasten in the La Follette seat in the Senate is the definition of profanity.
Ryan was a protegé of Jack Kemp, who tried his darnedest to turn the NFL Players Association into a company union but failed. Kemp was smooth but no match for John Mackey, Ken Bowman, Kermit Alexander or Pat Richter.
And Ryan is pro-life in the extreme. If a woman is raped by a relative she must not consider abortion. He says no one is more pro-life than he; He opposes Planned Parenthood; he believes that life begins at conception. (I suspect he thinks life begins the moment a man feels the urge to have sex, but we will wait on that one.)
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gives the appearance of a takeover of the paper by the extreme right. But then it has been in the pocket for GOP faithful for years--to be expected from a communications company that carries extremist talk shows like Charlie Sykes' hour after boring hour on WTMJ.
A few Highlights: Ryan believes in no federal money for NPR! He says only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid. He voted against the flag burning amendment. In a word, Ryan is as far right as he can get. Pick the issue and he has a right-wing response.
CROWDS ARE SWELLING, JS SAYS SO. I watched the carnival in Waukesha and it would stretch credulity to say there was a big crowd. Reince Priebus, the nasty GOP national chair, was on the verge of exhaustion as he urged the small crowd to honor a man who had the "courage to nominate Paul Ryan." I agree Reince: to nominate a right-wing idealogue takes more courage than common sense.
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Too extreme for the independents.
Too extreme for even moderate Republicans.
-Tessa | Little Chicago, WI | August 13, 2012
I sometimes think I'm watching professional wrestling when I watch politics.
Everything from crazy fans to ridiculous positions to knuckleheaded personalities to big fake outs. And it's all scripted too. The only missing is the tables and chairs.
No wonder Andy Kaufmann was so fascinated. He just wanted to get a rise out of people.
And that's politics.
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger Country | August 13, 2012