Does Paul Ryan Have a Palin Problem? He Just Might

September 16, 2012

Pardon the phrase, but for the most part, the McCain campaign worked very hard to keep Sarah Palin on a leash. That may be happening to Paul Ryan to some extent, now – though I’m not claiming an exact comparison. Take the personalities and positions out of it and look at it as a campaign style. If the Romney camp does that, similar to what McCain did – try to keep the gloves on just enough – they’ll go down throwing rabbit punches.

People can think what they want of Obama and his team. But no one should fool themselves into thinking they aren’t heavyweights when it comes to campaigning. When you step into the ring with a heavyweight and pull your punches, you will always get your clock cleaned. It would be wise to remember something Barack Obama once implied:  White House to Dems on town halls: “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard”

The Ryan piece below by Zeke Miller at BuzzFeed.

Romney Camp Decides: The Economy Isn’t Enough
“It’s not enough just to criticize,” says Ryan. Agrees an aide: “We have to bring more to the table.”

Ryan himself has emerged as a central player in this calculation, making the case internally for a clearer conservative policy message. One high level Republican with ties to the campaign told BuzzFeed that Ryan was chaffing at Boston constraining him from talking about and defending his policy ideas from Democratic attacks. Ryan wanted to be “unleashed,” the Republican said.

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  1. JoeKidd says:

    Obama has actually said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun!”

  2. Polarbearpapa says:

    Is the end of the GOP at hand…..

  3. Chris says:

    More to the point, this isn’t about Ryan going “Rogue” but it’s the appearance of it, which is due to the fact that he thinks this ticket will lose and he wants to take zero responsibility for it.

    • Ragspierre says:

      Post your support for that BS, please.

    • Joe Citizen says:

      The dirty little secret here is that everyone wants Romney to lose.

      All the major contenders (and Ryan is certainly one of them) do not want to be closed out of 2016, nor run against a resurgent Democratic party in 2020 after 8 years of Romneyism, nor do any real conservatives want Mitt Romney to be (as he would be as President) the one to define exactly what modern Republicanism shall be for this generation.

      No. Everyone wants Obama to win, so that the GOP can reshake the can and come out with a coherent vision and a dynamic leader to fron the next great wave.

      • Ragspierre says:


      • David10101 says:

        We will know if everyone wants Mitt to lose if after the first debate the GOP senators and reps up for election start to jettison Mitt in their own campaigns.

        Ryan may want to go down fighting but unlike Palin, who had nothing to lose by going rogue, has much to loose if he puts up a fight and loses. It may just be best for Ryan to let Mitt fight his own battle. If donor funds start to dry up for Mitt that means the money men have thrown the towel in on Mitt.

        • hrh says:

          Palin had nothing to lose?

          She was the sitting governor of the largest state in the union, which she did lose when she went back to Alaska and was inundated with dozens of frivolous ethics complaints that drove her out of office.

          Precisely because she went rogue and dared to attack Obama.

          And also dared to buck the GOP elite.

          Which is why she didn’t run this time around. The elitist thugs in the GOP have too much power to let anyone buck them successfully.

          But if even RINOs like Laura Ingraham are saying that if the GOP can’t beat this sorry excuse of a president, then maybe we should shut the GOP – translation, the bitter clingers desperately making power grabs to keep power – down.

          Ryan is the VP PRECISELY because he’s never gone rogue but has played along as the GOP Golden Boy, voting for EVERY GOP Big Govt program that came along.

          And so he was rewarded with a VP slot.

          He shouldn’t be surprised now that he has made a deal with the devil, it’s not going so well …

          • Rick says:

            Seriously? Alaska? What’s Alaska’s population, versus the other 49 states? Don’t come back until you’ve found a credible answer, one that hasn’t originated from drudge, rush, or faux “news”. Neanderthal twit.

          • Ragspierre says:

            Alaska is not the least among the states, even by population, stupid.

            But by other measures, it is IMMENSE. And it has a HUGE contribution to make to the lower states.

            But you are a self-identified moron.

          • VotingFemale says:

            Rick? you insufferable egotistical self-important snot. You liberals can’t stand that Palin out-shined the Chicago Jesus in 2008 and have been attacking her for it like the trolls you all are.

            Get a life, loser.

  4. G.Marie says:

    Dan said, “they’ll go down throwing rabbit punches.”

    No they won’t. It’ll be bitch slaps all the way.

  5. Jack Moss says:

    All buying the MSN meme that “Romney’s done”, but the fact is that polling data is swinging back towards Romney in a huge way. Gallup 7 day tracking showing Obama dropped two, and Romney up 2. Obama’s bounce is faded, gone, and now it’s a race up for grabs. Fact is that Romney is doing astoundingly well for all the teeing off of the media this week.

    By the way, I talked to their team here in South Florida and they’re not “jaded” or “scared”, but incredibly encouraged by what they see, and yes, the gloves are coming off. Romney has quit a war chest and hasn’t begun to release their op research in ads on Obama.

    It was Obama that had the disastrous week, no Romney, and the polls will begin to reflect that soon.

  6. DGarr says:


    The Romney campaign, with all the money in the world, has no vision, no ideas, no policies to propose.

    They thought they could win an election without saying anything at all.


    Now, they are starting to realize that the American public would actually like to hear something other than generalized platitudes.

    And they are panicking.

    Too late, too late.


    • Ragspierre says:

      Objectively, you are an idiot.

      Go to read up on Romney’s policy positions. They are NOT hard to find, but you won’t get them spoon-fed to you by the Mushroom Media.

  7. Born Free says:

    Some “moderate” bloggers, like Ace, despise Palin. Some RINO’s, like Dick Lugar, despise Palin and conservative Republicans. Then there are conservative Republicans, who might despise Romney. There’s a Venn diagram there somewhere that could prove interesting.