A few quick thoughts before the meat of the post.
- Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), who (as you can tell by the Representative before his name and the (R-WI) after his name) is a member of congress, will not be referred to as “Congressman” or “Representative” by the moderator at tonight’s VP debate. Instead, debate moderator Martha Raddatz is to refer to the GOP VP candidate as “Mister.” A spokesman for Congressman Ryan explained the reasoning: “It’s shorter.” Ahem. Really? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that congress is roughly as popular as NAMBLA in the eyes of the American citizen. Nothing at all. It’s all because it is shorter. And Politico backs the Ryan camp up on this. “The sources did not spell out with precision why “mister” was preferable to “congressman,” but it is almost certainly because of the low approval ratings overall of Congress.” Oh. Damn liberal media.
- I’m not going to watch the debate until I get home from work, since I have to leave for work before it will end, and really would rather see it all in one sitting. That being said, I did catch about a minute of it while channel surfing and just the small clip I caught shows this as a much different debate than Obama/Romney 1. I have no idea who will win the debate. Congressman Ryan is largely untested in debates and one of his main strengths, the ability to recite statistics and such from memory, could cause him to be seen as “too wonky” by the viewers and risks boring a large segment of America into an early night’s sleep. Of course, he does have one huge advantage: total disregard for reality and the ability to lie with conviction and force. It worked well for Romney in the first debate, so I see no reason the ticket would change up now. VP Biden has experience on his side, as well as passion and an ability to connect with the semi-mythical “common man.” Unfortunately, he is also prone to gaffes and could make a misstep that ends up in a Romney campaign ad. The part I saw bodes well for Democrats; VP Biden calling Congressman Ryan out for being a lying liar who lies., saying “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey,” and following it up by pointing out where Congressman Ryan’s claims depart from reality. I predict a Biden win that will be viewed by pundits as a draw. We are apparently in the “post-truth” era of politics and Congressman Ryan is the media’s conservative rock star.
- Of course, this debate will have no impact on the state of the race in Pennsylvania, since the Steelers are playing tonight and no one west of Harrisburg will be watching VP Biden and Congressman Ryan. Hey, football vs an election for president of the last remaining super power? You got to have priorities, man.
- And finally, since it is National Coming Out Day I urge Republicans to admit the truth. It isn’t about the math, or the charts, or the power point presentations. We know that. We see the pictures and posts detailing his abs and his biceps. It is okay. It really is. Use today to admit that you don’t care about Congressman Ryan’s positions on the issues. You just want to fuck him.
Sweet, I am almost out of time and haven’t even got to the point of the post. Anyway, real quick then I’ll flesh this out in the morning:
Poor Paul Ryan isn’t going to have any friends left. First he had to slowly back away from noted lady-parts scholar and bosom buddy, Todd “legitimate rape/legitimate senate candidate” Akin and today it is state Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Misogynyville) that gets the “sorry, but my dad says we can’t be friends anymore” note. From JSOnline:
Madison – A state representative is drawing heat for saying that his father had told him when he was young that “some girls rape easy” as a way to warn him that a woman could agree to sex but then later claim that it wasn’t consensual.
Freshman Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) in December discussed a case with the Chetek Alert newspaper in which a 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school’s band room.
The newspaper quoted him as saying his father warned him, “Some girls rape easy” – meaning that after the fact they can change what they say about whether sex was consensual. On Wednesday, Rivard told the Journal Sentinel that the article did not provide full context of his comments and that his father’s exact words had been slightly different from how they appeared in the Chetek Alert.
He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously.
“He also told me one thing, ‘If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,’ ” Rivard said. “Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.’ All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she’s underage. And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.’
“What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, ‘If you’re going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.’ So the way he said it was, ‘Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.’
“So it’s been kind of taken out of context.”
Ummm. Sounds like it is in context to me. But then, I’m one of those evil woman supporters. What does this have to do with Rep. Paul
Lyin’ Ryan? Nothing except he endorsed Rivard back in August. From the SpoonerAdvocate:
U.S. Congressman and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan endorsed the candidacy of State Rep. Roger Rivard during a breakfast buffet held at The Shinako Lodge & Event Center in Turtle Lake on August 9. Ryan introduced Assemblyman Rivard to the citizens of his newly defined 75th Assembly District which now includes the town of Clear Lake in Polk County, the town of Forest in St. Croix County, and New Haven in Dunn County.
Congressman Ryan stated, “Roger needs to be reaffirmed to get this job done and fix the state of Wisconsin.”
Of course, even though Congressman Ryan is a member of the “bitches be lyin'” school of rape discussion, Papa Romney is attempting to portray himself as a moderate by shamelessly lying this election cycle, so Congressman Ryan can’t be seen associating with these “radicals,” no matter how much he personally agrees with them. Which leads us to this completely unexpected news:
– Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan …dropped (his) endorsements of a Wisconsin lawmaker who said that his father had told him “some girls, they rape so easy” as a way to warn him that women could consent to sex but then later claim they hadn’t.
Ryan is simultaneously running for Congress and as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate. Kevin Seifert, who is managing Ryan’s congressional campaign, issued a statement decrying Rivard’s comments.
“State Representative Rivard’s comments are outrageous and offensive,” his statement said. “Congressman Ryan believes there is no place in our discourse for rhetoric such as this. Congressman Ryan cannot support Mr. Rivard or his indefensible comments.”
Congressman Paul Ryan, everybody. Liar and hypocrite, but damn does he have some guns.
And now I am going to be late. Have a good night, all.