Political Animal


August 13, 2012 1:16 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

For reasons involving transportation logistics, I’m blogging today from the Denver airport area, so please forgive any odd timing of posts as attributable to extreme time zone confusion. And I’d guess some readers are tiring of Ryan-o-mania here and elsewhere, but let’s face it: his selection by Romney is one of those moments of clarity Political Animals live for. Here are some related and unrelated midday news bites:

* Ryan isn’t lighting up any public opinion boards so far, and is getting worst initial reaction of any Veep choice since Quayle.

* I have a TNR piece up exploring Romney’s message to right in choosing Ryan as: “Here you go—now STFU.”

* Of four moderators chosen for presidential and Veep debates, two (Candy Crowley and Martha Raddatz) are women.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein argues Obama’s concession that Keynsianism had been rejected by public was an abdication of presidential responsibility.

* Alec MacGillis dissects troubles of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign.

And in non-political news:

* Rob Kardashian tweets plans to enter USC Law School. School suggests he fill out an application first.

Back after I check out of hotel room.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Ron Byers on August 13, 2012 2:02 PM:

    The USA Today poll on Ryan is pretty thin gruel. Apparently Romney's pollster is heartened by the fact that so few people really know who Ryan is. I know he has the President's attention. Since the Obama campaign has done a good job of letting us know what makes Romney tick, I have an idea they will take the opportunity to frame Ryan as an articulate spokesman for a very, very scary ideology.

    This is going to be a base election. The Democratic base didn't show up in 2010. I think Ryan's nomination changes that equation. Democrats will show up. Since Ryan is best known for wanting to gut programs for the elderly, I think Florida is no longer in play. This election could turn into a landslide.

  • T2 on August 13, 2012 2:11 PM:

    Here's the thing about Ryan - I've not heard one sentence about Bain, Romney's tax returns, Harry Reid, or any other Romney ills today. That alone is worth Ryan to Romney.

    Candy Crowley is a moderate? She been in the GOP tank for a long time. I'll take any bet on whether or not she asks "Mr. Romney, can you explain how you got 100 million dollars in an IRA account? I'm sure millions of Americans would like to know that trick".

  • DCSusie on August 13, 2012 3:03 PM:

    VERY disappointed in the choice of moderator's for the debates - two old white men who have clearly lost some steps and are unlikely to be able to stand up to Romney's bullying and a none-too-bright corporate and GOP tool in Crowley. Only Raddatz has a spark of gumption and she is relegated to the VP debate. I think this is bad news for Obama.

  • Anonymous on August 13, 2012 3:15 PM:

    of course Ryan is putting voters off.
    Who cares about the federal debts when worrying about your own household debts?
    What will Romney do for student debts, underwater mortgage, medical debts??
    Congress is not going to get rid of Medicare after all.

    At least Obama and Democrats are trying (but mostly failing) about immediate problems. Republicans' answers are "it's your problem. you are on your own" or "blame obama".

    speaking of cutting government wastes, can we talk about this year's drought?
    UN food watch, China, Brazil, Mexico and US beef farmers are all asking to get rid of the scam subsidy for corn ethanol to save food crisis from this year's brought.

    I really want journalists and pundits alike to ask highly mighty Ryan about ethanol.
    I also want them to follow up with Romney on bringing torture back, building expensive missile defense system on the east coast for imaginary iran nuke attacks and also in poland against Russia.

  • exlibra on August 13, 2012 3:20 PM:

    * Of four moderators chosen for presidential and Veep debates, two (Candy Crowley and Martha Raddatz) are women. -- Ed Kilgore

    Pfft. So is Sarah Palin a woman. How many of the four are Dems and how many Goopers, who don't even bother to pretend otherwise?

    Being a female myself, I'm all for equality but that doesn't mean that I think the "what's between the legs" should come before (or, even worse, *instead of*) the "what's between the ears", as the criterion.

  • Anonymous on August 13, 2012 3:22 PM:

    I think moderators are good, fairly neutral, mild mannered people.
    two old men and two middle age women.

    Liberals might not like them but neither would conservatives. At least no one from FOX, MSNBC.

  • @TeaPartyCat on August 13, 2012 4:42 PM:

    I read your TNR post. While I mostly agree, and I certainly have agreed with your assessment to date of the endless primary that Romney has been subjected, I think if you're right that this is Romney saying “Here you go—now STFU.”, then he's naive. I don't think he'll be able to control Ryan, and will find Ryan going rogue more than Palin did-- especially since the conservatives will all support Ryan doing so.
    Still, good stuff as always.