Evening Reads: Monday, Monday…Posted: August 13, 2012
Today I made the argument about voting for Obama, it was in answer to my husband who is planning on voting Rmoney…I told him, how could he vote for Romney when he has a daughter? Doesn’t he realize what a Romney/Ryan presidency would be disastrous for young women like our daughter? His response was, oh they will never pass the kind of stuff you write about. We all know differently. And it is frustrating as hell!
Fox News co-host Steve Doocy on Monday attempted spin Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s “ideologue” label as an advantage to Mitt Romney’s campaign.
During a series of interviews on Sunday, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod blasted Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system while skewing tax cuts to the wealthy, calling Wisconsin Republican a “right-wing ideologue” over and over and over again.
“They’re trying to define Ryan before Mitt Romney even gets a chance to introduce Paul Ryan,” Fox News host Eric Bolling noted on Monday.
“What’s a matter with being an ideologue?” Doocy wondered. “I mean, an ideologue means you stand for something. And these guys clearly stand for something.”
In fact, Merriam-Webster defines ideologue as “an impractical idealist” or “an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology.”
I remember that the German’s and the sympathetic press would refer to Hitler being a “fanatic” as a good thing. Y’all know how they twist the words around to mean something different to the idiots who watch and listen to their shows or read their opinions.
You gotta see the face on Mitt, one would think he was doing a SNL skit.
Awkward. On 60 minutes, Ryan talks eliminating tax shelter loopholes as Romney tries not to look horrified.
Mitt Romney and his newly anointed running mate Paul Ryan didn’t make much news in their first joint interview of the campaign on Sunday on 60 Minutes. But one exchange stood out: When asked about the fairness of his tax plan by CBS’s Bob Schieffer, Romney fought back against the suggestion that his policies would disproportionately favor the most wealthy. Here’s what Romney said:
Fairness dictates that the highest-income people should pay the greatest share of taxes, and they do. And the committment that I’ve made is we will not have the top income earners in this country pay a smaller share of the tax burden. The highest-income people will continue to pay the largest share of the tax burden, and middle income payers under my plan get a break. Their taxes come down. So we’re not going to reduce taxes for high income people and we are going to reduce taxes for middle income people.
Ryan went on to explain that he and Romney would make the system more fair by shutting down tax loopholes that exclusively favor the rich. (In other words, the kind of tax loopholes Romney has taken advantage of.)
And one more for tonight’s reads: No one puts Mittens in the corner | Suburban Guerrilla
The Mittster rolls the dice, because businessmen rule! Once you make gobs of money, you have access to all the hidden knowledge of the universe and no one tells you what to do:
Mitt Romney appears to have picked Paul Ryan as his running mate over the objections of top political advisors, offering a glimpse at the leadership style of the Republican nominee in the most important decision of his campaign.
Romney’s aides have stressed publicly in the 24 hours since Romney electrified conservatives with his choice that the pick was the governor’s alone. They have been less forthcoming on the flip side: That much of his staff opposed the choice for the same reason that many pundits considered it unlikely — that Ryan’s appealingly wonky public image and a personality Romney finds copasetic will matter far less than two different budget plans whose details the campaign now effectively owns.
“Everybody was against [Ryan] to start with only Romney for,” said one top Republican, who is skeptical of the choice and griped that Romney’s top advisors have “been giving Mitt everything he wanted in this campaign.”
That’s it for this Monday’s Evening Reads…this is an open thread.