Democrats Thought Ryan Was A Boon To Their Prospects In 2010, Too
I'm about to head off to the Paul Ryan rally at Lakewood High School this morning. I don't know if I'm overreacting but we're leaving many, many hours early to ensure we get in. Maybe those big crowds last weekend were mostly because they were held on the weekend. I'll be sure to report back on how things go.
Over on the Member Feed, a member pointed out the Onion's brilliant (if not compliant with our Code of Conduct) satire about what Democrats are thinking about Paul Ryan.
And it does seem that some elements on the left and in the media are in a frenzied meltdown mode. Yesterday David Brock released a 300-page dossier against Ryan and the talking points are getting out there. Many of them are riddled with errors. The talking points come quickly. The corrections less so.
I'll be curious to see how well this Democratic attempt to define Ryan works. As Michael Gerson's column today began:
It is the recurring temptation of self-confident, insular elites to assume that the whole country loves what they love, hates what they hate and believes what they believe. “The American people are not going to elect a 70-year-old, right-wing, ex-movie actor to be president,” Jimmy Carter’s aide Hamilton Jordan said in 1980. This view was universally shared, except by voters in 44 states.
In early 2010, Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap for America’s Future” was seen as a boon to Democratic midterm prospects. Focus groups found elements of the plan unpopular. Republicans who endorsed it were subject to attack ads. Democratic campaign chairman Chris Van Hollen described the “Roadmap” as a political “gift” — before Republicans achieved the largest partisan shift in the House since 1948.
The media continues to push the same meme (using anonymous sources, to boot). I am so curious as to how it will all turn out this time.