Here's the post West Mifflin doesn't want anyone to read."No doubt there are many Democrats rubbing their hands in glee in contemplation of reviving some version of the ad that featured an actor playing Paul Ryan pushing grandma in a wheelchair off a cliff. But the smarter ones are worried.
1. If Ryan is an extremist and his proposals are unpopular, how has he won election SEVEN times in a Deocratic district? His lowest share of the vote was 57%-in his first race. He routinely wins over 2/3 of the vote. When Obama swept the nation in 2008, he carried Ryan's district by 4 points. But at the same time, Ryan won reelection with 65% of the vote, meaning that a fifth of Obama voters voted for him.
2. Democrats know that Ryan has Reaganesque qualities that make him appealing to independent, middle classvoters. Take the cover story on Ryan that the ISTHMUS, a radically left wing Madison, Wis. newspaper,ran on him in 2009. "Ryan, with his sunny disposition and choirboy looks, projects compassion and forcefully proclaims dedication to his district", the story reported. "And he's proven he is not unyieldingly pro-corporate, as when he recently joined in condemnation of AIG retention bonuses".
3. Ryan's ideas aren't that novel or scary. The idea of "premium support" for Medicare, which would change the program's one size fits all policy to a private insurance model with public options, was endorsed by a bipartisan commission appointed by Bill Clinton in the 1990's. Late last year, Ryan announced a new version of his proposal with a new partner signing on: Democratic Ron Wyden of Oregon, who first achieved political prominence as an advocate for seniors.
4. Ryan puts Wis. and its 10 electoral votes in play. Polls have shown that Obama holds a 5 to 7 point lead in Wis.-significant, but much less than Obama's 14 point lead in 2008. With Ryan on the ticket, polls show the race is dead even.
5. If Republicans were looking for a superior candidate, they've found it in Ryan. His speech as GOP candidate V.P. was perfectly pitched:
....We won't duck the tough issues...we will lead!
....We won't blame others...we will take responsibility!
....We won't replace our founding principles...we will reapply them!
Echoes of Ronald Reagan at his best.
6. Joe Trippi(D) acknowledged Ryan will bring in a flood of donations.
Democrats will no doubt try to make Ryan into a younger version of the devil they've tried to paint Romney as. But they should worry about fighting a campaign on fundamental issues in a weak economy. That's precisely how Carter,the last Democrat to run for reelection during hard times, wound up losing so badly that it not only cost Democrats control of the Senate but damaging the liberal brand for years afterwards."
He posts numerous posts of rants one after the other in the hopes of this getting lost in past pages.