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  •  I read the Chait article and it is a must read.... (13+ / 0-)

    A layer or two of the 'intellectual wonk' was peeled off, exposing his single minded pursuit of increasing the hold of the select few by grinding even more out the middle class, let alone the growing numbers of those who cannot even aspire to return to that status.

     Ryan is and always has been an empty suit of vacous concepts who has been able to decieve a lazy, uncaring media that has been reduced to a speakerphone that regurgitates, unquestioningly, any talking point that must have valitidy, given it's such intellectual source.

     He does not withstand close examination at all. There will be no run in 2016 for Paul Ryan. Long before then he will have been Palinized and faded into the obscurity of some marginal Randian think tank. ( which would actually be the first job he had in his life outside of either being a Congressional Aide or Congressman ) I mean, David freaking Gregory actually left a mark --- and he never does that. Must be a soft target......

     All it takes is a couple of questions. And recorded results. Real questions. Because Ryan has no answers.

    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:38:59 PM PST

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    •  Where is the mention of Obama (3+ / 0-)
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      building up Ryan repeatedly?

      That's not a novel narrative--that Obama did in fact raise Ryan's profile, elevated him repeatedly, and then took him out behind the woodshed on multiple occasions. Several articles focused on this story back during election (post-mortem) season.

      Any leader no matter his social stature needs a good enemy.  Humans understand themselves to have cohesion across lines, defining themselves within groups that are increasingly tenuous in the postmodern world.  An enemy is a fantastic frame of reference for a group's identity, especially when a voter is analyzing a leader to support or oppose.  Obama seems like the guy who's here for everyone. Ryan seems like the fetching dog of the rich.

      Let's stroll back a couple years. It was Obama who allowed Ryan to be the serious Republican during the Simpson-Bowles era. Many here were angry about that. It was Ryan whom the White House repeatedly engaged, either directly or through flattery or reference to his proposals. Ryan's brand rose so starkly that, by the time the Presidential candidate field was cleared, Ryan was an obvious A-list choice for VEEP.

      So Obama did two coups-in-one. He defined Romney more than most people realized because Obama did a classic strategy: deciding the options before the other actor's on the scene--so that by the time the other party's making a (VEEP) decision, the outcome is not forgone but certainly more favorable. And now he's raised up Ryan over Boehner (Boehner has no national appeal) and Cantor, only to have repeatedly savaged him and brought about a fall, and in doing so, caused the Republican brand to be tarnished yet again.

      Governments care only as much as their citizens force them to care. Nothing changes unless we change -- George Monbiot.

      by Nulwee on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:37:39 PM PST

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      •  that is an interesting take (1+ / 0-)
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        but Ryan was , and is,  the darling of the corporate media , with or without a dry humping from obama

        and obama was vilified , imo , because of how he caved EXTREMELY right after the 2010 elections , he was  reading regans book , he TOOK A SHELLACKING etc etc

         obama post 2010 can be summed up in dramatic , uncomfortable visual fashion , it was the same obama that showed up in the 1st debate with romney , words escape that description of who obama is , or is not  

        Fortunately the democrat obama showed up for the rest of the 2012 campaign after that 1st debate  , he seems to have found the progressive dem in himself , for now any way

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