Mitt Romney Wants Paul Ryan To Talk About Cows Instead Of Transformational Budget Proposals
There is no doubt the rational side of the Republican Party wants Paul Ryan to discard his harsh draconian budget rhetoric for the carefree tone and style of a candidate more interested in milking cows. These folks want to win, after all.
But I am sure the fighting side of the GOP–the teabaggers–want to see red meat and have no desire for the attempted tamping down of the deep budget cutting side of Ryan. There are also the ‘intellectuals’ of the GOP who want to see a revolution in government akin to the Ryan plan, and want to continually have the matter hammered home to the nation.
All this leads to this news story…
Mitt Romney wants running mate Paul Ryan to play it safe.
Ryan, the nation’s most controversial budget architect, is often described as the intellectual leader of the House Republican caucus. But Romney’s presidential campaign headquarters in Boston seems, for now, to prefer that the 42-year-old father of three talks about camping and milking cows instead of the fiscal proposals that made him a conservative hero.
Ryan, who wrote a plan to overhaul Medicare as chairman of the House Budget Committee, did not use the word “Medicare” with voters over the first four days as the vice presidential candidate. When he finally touched on the health care insurance program for seniors, he did so only in broad strokes after Romney himself first outlined the campaign’s talking points.
“We will not duck the tough issues,” Ryan said Friday in Virginia. “We will lead.”
But Ryan has been directed to avoid taking questions from reporters who travel with him, and to agree only to a few carefully selected interviews. He is known for sketching budget graphs on napkins to explain his ideas, but this past week it was Romney who used a white board during a news conference to help detail his own plan — one he says is virtually identical to Ryan’s.
“I’m joining the Romney ticket,” Ryan told an Ohio television station this week. “It’s not the other way around. So I’m supporting the Mitt Romney plan.”