One of my favorite new Tumblrs ("a blogging platform that allows users to seamlessly display photos, videos and text in an easy-to-use format") is called "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan." The Washington Post explains:
The Ryan-themed site, which draws inspiration from another Tumblr site poking fun at actor Ryan Gossling, features news photos of the Wisconsin Republican juxtaposed with fiscally-inspired pick up lines, including “Stop, girl! Those Laffer curves are driving me wild” and “Girl, you must be an Obama entitlement program ... because you are definitely raising my interest rate.”
You get the idea.
Emily Zanotti, a self-described “freelance political communications consultant and comedian from Chicago” who also blogs for NakedDC.com, said she and her friends got the idea for the site after wondering what Ryan — who enjoys “Noodling,” or catching catfish with bare hands — might look like shirtless as he chased after catfish in a river.
“Really, we just put it together as an inside joke,” she said in an e-mail. “I’ve worked with lots of politicos (I’m a libertarian and work primarily with conservatives), and Paul Ryan is a bit of an ‘economic heartthrob’ among us, if you will. We liked the way that Paul Ryan and the meme fit together, and thought it might just appeal to people who work on the Hill or at least in the political industry. We didn’t anticipate that it would become as huge as it did.”
Even when I was the only girl in my entire university class studying economics, I thought fiscal conservatism was totally sexy. I'm vindicated.
More importantly, though, I think this shows that Paul Ryan has an appeal and charisma that might serve fiscal conservatives well into the future.