“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”
Katz needs to raise $25,000 and has started a “crowdfunding” campaign to connect directly with fans.
“Late night TV is stale – it’s boring,” Katz noted in a press release, today. “The format hasn’t changed and the guest selection has gotten worse. Exactly how many vapid non-stars does America want to hear from? Johnny Carson used to smoke on the set. Now even talking about smoking can get you seven years in the PC gulag.”
“Contribution levels get people huge thanks, web links, personalized videos and a chance to be a part of one of the tapings”, Katz explained.
In an environment where media outlets are consolidating and programming is becoming homogenous, Tony Katz is pursuing an alternative path, proving that original content will thrive in a free market. In addition to raising capital and awareness of the program, they are also pursuing traditional network distribution of the program.
Here are a couple of test run episodes:
On CNN’s “Erin Burnett Out Front”, Monday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee expressed doubt about Obama’s recent claim that he “does skeet shooting all the time”.
Via Weasel Zippers:
“If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn’t he referenced this at any point in time?” Blackburn asked.
“I tell you what I do think,” she later added. “I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I’ll go skeet shooting with him and I bet I’ll beat him.”
It probably pained Mark Knoller to admit that he hasn’t seen any evidence of Obama shooting skeets. But there’s only so far an ObamaMedia sycophant should be expected to go.
Roland Martin immediately tried to nip the skepticism in the bud by comparing it to doubts people have about whether Obama is an American or a Christian. Martin says he doesn’t need proof that Obama is what he alleges he is and he doesn’t care. Spoken like a true media lapdog. “We’ll just go with whatever you tell us, Master….”
David Frum managed to miss the salient point of his assertion that violent crime has dropped monumentally in the past twenty years. “They (Americans) don’t need firearms”, he alleged, “because they are safer than ever before.”
Of course, the monumental drop in violent crime is due to the passage of conceal carry laws across the nation.
More Guns, Less Crime is a book by John Lott that says violent crime rates go down when states pass “shall issue” concealed carry laws. He presents the results of his statistical analysis of crime data for every county in the United States during 29 years from 1977 to 2005.
Zing! As Twitchy readers know, President Obama reportedly does some super secret skeet shooting. All the time, no less! Twitter users were looking for more answers, while also providing helpful tips to the Skeet Shooter in Chief.
The American Thinker: Dial 911 and Die:
Titled “Percent distribution of incidents where police came to the victim, by police response time and type of crime”:
Crimes of Violence:
- Within 5 minutes 31.0%
- Within 6 – 10 minutes 24.5%
- Within 11 minutes – 1 hour 32.4%
- Within 1 day – 6.5%
- Longer than 1 day – 1.9%
- Time of response not known – 3.6%
- Not ascertained – 0.2% 
From American Police Beat website: the average of seven same-sized city police response to a High-Priority 911 call is a staggering 11 minutes, 11 seconds. 
Before I go further, note neither our national media nor our national crime fighter data takes into account if you are – (1) middle of a heavily populated metropolitan area, (2) in the perimeter urban areas, (3) in suburban areas or (4) you’re out there in rural areas.
Makes a difference. Makes a big blankety blank difference.
Liberals are all gung-ho about removing scary “assault weapons” from the hands of law-abiding citizens – they say that we shouldn’t have the “right” to purchase anything that has the potential to kill dozens of people at a time…..
On Monday, in a morning meeting at the White House, President Obama spoke with law enforcement officials from across the country on the issue of gun-related violence.
While the gathering had the look of a free form and open discussion, it was quite clear that Obama was sending a message to those in attendance: I need you to support my push for gun control reform.
Of course, it was never directly stated. It was only implied.
“The only way that we’re going to be able to do everything that needs to be done is with the cooperation of Congress,” Obama told the police chiefs in attendance, at least four of whom work in communities victimized by mass shootings: Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, and Tucson Police Chief Robert Villasenor.
If it’s too good to be true, The New Republic is on it!
President Barack “Bitter Clinger” Obama claimed he totally goes skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David, but White House press secretary Jay Carney couldn’t say for sure whether photographic evidence exists. Luckily, we have the resourceful “real journalists” at The New Republic to boldly scour White House parody sites for “proof.”
Jon Hammar has finally been released form prison, and safely crossed the border, last night. The first thing he wanted to do, reportedly – is take a shower.
Fox News interviewed Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who’s efforts contributed in no small part to this happy outcome.
And according to reports, the gun charges are being dropped.
Fox News reports:
DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine who has been in a Mexican prison since August on a dubious weapon charge is being released today, his father confirmed to FoxNews.com.
Jon Hammar Sr. said during a flight layover in Houston that he was on his way to get his son, after he and his wife Olivia received a call Thursday night from their attorney, Eddie Varon-Levy telling them their son was going to be released.
“I haven’t seen it in writing yet but Eddie has confirmed it with the court that Jon is being released today,” Hammar Sr. said. “The U.S. consulate said they would pick Jon up at the prison and accompany him to the border crossing.”
Jon’s father told reporters he’s “excited and scared”, and won’t rest until his son is on the U.S. side of the border.
He said the two planned to bond on the the trip home to Palmetto Bay, Fla., which Hammar Sr. said would be made by car.
“Jon and I will drive back to Florida to give him some time alone, I don’t think he would do well on a flight back,” Hammar Sr. said.
Varon-Levy shared Hammar Sr.’s apprehension, saying his his optimism is tempered by security issues in Tamaulipas state which is controlled by Los Zetas Cartel. Hammar Jr.’s life was threatened while in prison resulting in a midnight extortion attempt from the prison.
“His security is at stake until he cross the border into the U.S.,” Varon-Levy said.
“At this time we will not be providing any comments confirming or denying this information,” saidLydia Antonio, a spokeswoman for the Embassy of Mexico.
She added that his arrival might be delayed past Friday because even after a horrendous four months, enduring death threats and ransom demands from members of Mexican drug cartels, her son was determined to get back the confiscated 1972 Winnebago that he drove to Mexico.
“It’s really important to him, and we feel like it’s going to bring him some closure,” she said.
I’m a little late on this, but if you haven’t already had dinner – today has been designated, National Papa John’s Appreciation Day.
Please send your Papa John’s pictures and videos to rebootingDOTusaATgmailDOTcom
Papa Johns has been targeted by the left for a boycott, for simply articulating that ObamaCare would hurt profits and force cutbacks in employee hours. Stand up to this nonsensical and illogical action and support Papa Johns this Friday!The CEO of Papa John’s, John H. Schnatter, has said that he will have to cut employee hours because of Obamacare. Schattner has received intense media scrutiny in addition to being demonized as an evil rich guy by the Left. Obamacare is a fiscal nightmare and because of it, many small businesses aren’t hiring now. Some are even closing their doors. Obamacare is now, as John Boehner said, “the law of the land.”In solidarity with John H. Schnatter, we propose that November, 16th, 2012 be National Papa John’s Appreciation Day. The Left thinks we are discouraged; they think they have won. Let’s send a clear message this Friday, like we did on Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, that we are here to stay and that we won’t stop fighting. There are over 2,600 Papa John’s stores in the United States. Let’s flood all of them like we flooded Chick-Fil-A.
How the event works:1. “Like” Papa John’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/papajohns
2. Change your Facebook avatar to the Papa Johns logo on Friday.
3. Go into your local Papa John’s this Friday, November 16th, and order a pizza. This will only be effective if you go into the store itself. Take a picture of your visit and your pizza, share it on your Facebook wall and/or tweet it with the hashtag #IStandWithPapaJohns
4. If you live further than a half hour from Papa Johns. Participate on twitter with the hashtag #IStandWithPapaJohns
Also: We would like to suggest that anyone participating in this event also purchase an additional pie to share with someone that is struggling right now. Perhaps a neighbor who lost a job, a food shelter, church group, afterschool program for kids in need…. There are many options, but please consider buying a pie to share!
Let’s send a clear message this Friday. Thank you, everyone.
This event was created by the team at @Reboot_USA
A fantastic, inspirational video courtesy of @MastadonArmy:
A country on the brink. A president, failing. And an election that will go down in history….
Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.
~ Ronald Reagan
The Washington Post reported that Ryan spoke before about 800 supporters, many of whom didn’t even know about the event until Friday night. His speech focused, naturally on Obama’s “war on coal”:
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Stoking speculation about whether Republicans may seek to make an 11th-hour play in this long-Democratic state, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Saturday headlined a brief, hastily scheduled rally in an airport hangar here on his way to an event in eastern Ohio.
Addressing an enthusiastic group of about 800 supporters, many of whom got word of the rally only on Friday night, Ryan told the crowd that President Obama is waging a “war on coal” and cast the decision facing the country as one that will have consequences beyond the next four years.
“This is not just a paycheck election,” said Ryan, who wore a red-and-black jacket. “This is not just an election about growing the economy or about giving our kids a debt-free nation. This is about the meaning of America.”
The stop is only Ryan’s second in Pennsylvania since he became Mitt Romney’s running mate in August. His last visit to the Keystone State was on Aug. 21, when he held rallies in Carnegie and West Chester and raised campaign cash in Philadelphia.
Via ABC News:
“If he’s reelected we know exactly what the next four years will look like,” Ryan said. “We’ll have more of the same failed policies. More taxes, more spending, more debts, and four more years of these disastrous energy policies. Look, gas prices are more than double what they were four years ago, who knows what they’re going to be if he got four more years.”
Ryan often hits his Democratic opponents on their energy policy, but his remarks Saturday were more pointed, accusing the president of employing policies that would both prevent getting “people back to work and lower(ing) our energy prices.”
“He’ll keep his war on coal going,” Ryan said of Obama. “Over a hundred coal plants are scheduled to close costing us thousands of jobs…not only do these policies cost us jobs, not only do they mean that American energy dollars go to the Middle East they are keeping us from having a boon, they are keeping us from having jobs, they are keeping us from making our pay checks stretch farther.
He ended the attack by assuring the enthusiastic group of supporters his ticket would be victorious, noting Pennsylvania would help them get there.
“The good news is none of that’s going to happen because we’re going to win this election and we’re going to turn back on American energy,” Ryan said.
Battleground Watch reports: Mitt Romney’s Campaign, RNC Have 60+ Staffers In Pennsyvania, Planning More:
Now the official reinforcements are getting sent in:
The Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee are planning to send more than 60 staffers to Pennsylvania for the closing two weeks of the presidential election, a RNC official told The Huffington Post. The move is the clearest sign to date that Republicans view the Keystone State as in play this November, though it’s not entirely clear whether the staffing is being done as a head-fake for Democrats or out of general electoral optimism. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign had previously moved its Pennsylvania communications director to Virginia. That communications director was recently caught tweeting from Virginia even as vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was appearing at a Pittsburgh-area rally.
Addendum: This move supplements the Old Line Staters (that’s Maryland for you out-of-towners) who are there already:
“In my opinion, any active Republican not currently working on a local campaign should be heading to Virginia or Pennsylvania,” said Chris Cavey, a longtime GOP leader in Maryland who is vice chair of Romney’s state campaign. “When it’s within the margin of error, you can’t say which door or set of doors … or which phone call it was that made the difference.” Both campaigns are exporting hundreds of Maryland volunteers to neighboring states each weekend. They travel on buses or carpool into critical precincts. They knock on doors, hand out campaign literature and staff telephone banks. Sometimes they are waved off by voters weary of the attention that living in a political battleground brings. Occasionally, initial encounters between strangers spark conversations that continue for weeks. With 16 days to go before the Nov. 6 election, such scenes are playing out across the country. In Alabama — where voters last chose a Democratic candidate for president in 1976 — the state Republican Party is organizing bus trips to Ohio and Florida, a spokeswoman said.
First Paul Ryan, now Conservative hero John Bolton? Something’s happening in Pennsylvania …
When: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Doors Open 7:00 PM | Event Begins 8:00 PM
Where: Rashid Auditorium, 4th Floor, Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Americans For Prosperity comes through with more reinforcements: AFP plans to send five busloads of conservatives from New Jersey, New York and Maryland to fortify its ground game in Pennsylvania.
This weekend, the powerful nonprofit, founded and funded by billionaire David Koch, is sending 160 Oklahoma activists to help mobilize voters in Colorado. Meanwhile, 180 canvassers from Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Oregon and California will converge on Nevada, another key swing state in the presidential race.
The deployments mark the final stage of a $30 million effort to oust President Barack Obama and Democratic Senators, relying almost exclusively on issue advocacy advertisements, direct mail and other get-out-the-vote efforts.
Two weeks from now, AFP plans to send five busloads of conservatives from New Jersey, New York and Maryland to fortify its ground game in Pennsylvania. The group’s Georgia chapter has a crew of 200 lined up for Florida. Maryland also will send a team of 40 activists to neighboring Virginia during two separate weekend bus-ins. The weekend before the elections, the Arkansas state chapter expects to send two buses to the crucial battleground of Ohio.
Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!
He couldn’t resist tweaking Dems for voting down God at the DNC: “We learned at the DNC that the Democrats don’t like to talk about God, do they? What’d it take – 3 times for the Democrats to vote to try to put God back in the platform, so God was denied – what? 3 times…I’ve heard of that before, in another book about a guy being denied 3 times…”
He blasted the Obamacrats in power as “political pimps of despair who have nothing useful to say about the American dream because they don’t understand it and don’t care.”
Can we stop this fiscal train wreck from happening, he wondered, later.
“Yes we can, Barack Obama – yes, we can.…mmmm mmmm mmmm!”
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This brand new ditty, “Obama Gotta Go” by Glen Shulfer is a toe tapper I think you’ll enjoy:
I been trying not to say anything,
but I been waiting for the end of his fling.
And I can’t wait to hear the Fat Lady sing.
I’m so tired of all the money he spent.
And I wonder where the heck it all went.
But now we got to get a new president.
Doing all his calculation on where to go on his next vacation.
All the while the nation hurts so much, I can’t hold back.
No I can’t hold back any more.
Obama gotta go.
Ship him back to Chicago.
I’ll even help him move his cargo.
I had enough of B.O., so Bama gotta go…go back home!
I been working at my job every day,
just to see him take it all away,
so he can build another Chevrolet.
I don’t know how he could make such a mess.
But I sure can take a pretty good guess.
ObamaCare and the Stimulus.
Doing all his redistribution is only stepping on the Constitution.
All the destitution hurts so much, I can’t hold back.
No I can’t hold back any more.
Obama gotta go.
Ship him back to Chicago.
I’ll even help him move his cargo.
I had enough of B.O., so Bama gotta go!
I have to say with no exception,
I won’t be paying for his contraception.
All of his deception hurts so much, I can’t hold back.
No I can’t hold back any more.
Obama gotta go.
Ship him back to Chicago.
I’ll even help him move his cargo.
I had enough of B.O., so Bama gotta go…go back home!
I truly believe that the American people — all races, all creeds, all colors, all religions, all income levels — are marshaling together to try to save this Republic in November — first and foremost, by rejecting the Cloward-Piven Democrat Party. Consider the following data points, all collected over the last 24 hours:
Finish reading at the link.
Here’s another gem by Shulfer from earlier this summer: “Blame Someone Else”:
Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!
Meet the other Ryan: the candidate’s wife, Janna, at The Deacon’s Bench.
According to a new poll by JZ Analytics, Mitt Romney has gotten a very definite bump upwards with the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The poll — the first survey conducted completely after Romney announced that Ryan was his vice presidential choice – shows the Romney/Ryan ticket tied with Obama/Biden at 46 percent.
But a JZ Analytics poll from a few weeks ago had Obama leading Romney by five percentage points, and most major polls also had Obama comfortably in the lead before the Ryan selection.
A CNN survey completed on Thursday, Aug. 9, had Obama up by seven points. A Fox poll on Aug. 9 had the president ahead by nine points, and a survey by Public Policy polling on Aug. 7 showed Obama with a six-point lead.
“Clearly there is a Ryan bump,” pollster John Zogby, managing of JZ Analytics, told Newsmax. Significantly, the new poll shows the Romney/Ryan ticket with a substantial lead among voters in swing states, 49.1 percent to 41.2 percent.
You could say, Romney just “poll”-vaulted past the desperate and flailing Obama campaign.
Also, the Republican ticket garners 45.2 percent among independent voters, ahead of the Democratic ticket at 40.1. Obama led in an earlier poll of independents. That shows that the Ryan choice has not hurt the Republican ticket in this important demographic, and has actually helped.
What is also significant here, according to Zogby, is that the percentage of voters who say they are still undecided now stands at just 14.7 percent, compared to over 20 percent in an earlier Zogby poll.
Also, a Washington Post-ABC poll shows a 15 point bump for Paul Ryan’s favorability ratings.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan — the freshly minted Republican vice presidential candidate — got an immediate ratings boost in the wake of his selection as Mitt Romney’s running-mate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Little known nationally before Saturday’s announcement, favorable impressions of Ryan jumped 15 percentage points among the overall electorate with positive views soaring from 49 to 70 percent among conservative Republicans. In Wednesday through Friday interviews, fully 45 percent of Americans expressed no opinion of Ryan, dropping to 30 percent on Saturday and Sunday. The increasing familiarity all went to the positive side of the ledger, giving Ryan an initial advantage in the sprint to define his candidacy.
Prior to his selection, Ryan’s favorability rating among senior citizens was evenly split at 28/28. It has now jumped to 46 percent favorable, 28 percent unfavorable. This explains why Democrats are desperately rushing to distort Ryan’s plan in a bid to strike fear into the hearts of elderly voters.
The Democratic media complex will need to work overtime to make a villain out of the affable Paul Ryan, but they are on it, baby.
David Brock, head of the progressive, left-wing media “watchdog” group Media Matters, has released an opposition research book on Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan through Brock’s super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.
Brock’s American Bridge super PAC is also tied to Bill Burton’s super PAC, Priorities USA. As you may recall, Priorities USA recently ran an ad accusing Mitt Romney of killing Joe Soptic’s wife, a claim also tied directly to the Obama campaign. Due to initial lackluster fundraising by both Brock’s and Burton’s super PACs, they combined to form American Priorities Joint Fundraising Committee. Obama’s super PACs have no problem getting into the campaign mud.
Be on alert when Brock’s “research” hits the mainstream media on TV, internet, and print journalism. The Daily Caller revealed back in February a list of media figures eager to get Brock’s message out to the public under the guise of “news.”
Use Freedomworks‘ indispensable “roadmap” resources to combat the lies:
We’ve compiled this list of links to help activists, bloggers, and journalists learn more about the policy vision of Paul Ryan, the young conservative and legislative entrepreneur whom Mitt Romney has chosen as his running mate.
The three basic iterations of the Roadmap are presented in reverse chronological order, from newest to oldest.
Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) August 13, 2012
Sean Hackbarth (@seanhackbarth) August 13, 2012
Paul Ryan opens microwaves without pressing "stop," takes his food out, closes the door, and walks away without resetting. #PaulRyanAttacks—
Brian Jones (@FlashHeart59) August 13, 2012
Paul Ryan sent McKayla Maroney a bitchy text before her silver medal vault performance. #PaulRyanAttacks—
Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesWFB) August 13, 2012
#PaulRyanAttacks Paul Ryan sided with Longshanks in Braveheart—
John Doe (@Hurl_Invective) August 13, 2012
Oh, dear. The DNC is trying the pitiful “bus tours” again. Last week Dems parked their bus in front of RNC headquarters, blocking food trucks from setting up shop where they normally operate. This week, they are adding lying liar Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the mix. And, of course, she kicks it off with another whopper of a lie.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) smiles as vice president select U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) reacts arriving at a campaign event in Waukesha, Wisconsin August 12, 2012.Getty Images.
Via ABC News:
WAUKESHA, Wis.—Rep. Paul Ryan wiped away tears as he made his first appearance as Mitt Romney’s running mate in his home state, telling a crowd of 10,000 people here that the upcoming election is a “special moment” not just for him, but for the country.
Arriving here at an early evening rally, Romney and Ryan made what can only be described as a movie star entrance, riding in on the Romney campaign bus and then making their way through the crowd to the soundtrack of the movie, “Air Force One.”
Upon taking the stage, Ryan become visibly emotional, wiping his eyes. He blew kisses to the crowd. His first words on the stump were, “Hi, Mom.”
Joking that half the crowd were his relatives, Ryan talked up his Midwestern roots and his love for his home state.
“My veins run with cheese, bratwurst, and a little Spotted Cow and some Millers,” Ryan said, his voice cracking with emotion. “I even think ice fishing is interesting.”
Some Tweeps captured the moment on Twitter :
An emotional Paul Ryan takes the stage in Waukesha - his first visit to WI since being chosen as Romney's VP http://t.co/vXcQpiaQ—
Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) August 12, 2012
He seems emotional. Love it. RT @mamaswati: Is Paul Ryan crying? Watching the Wisconsin speech. Just beautiful...—
Madeleine McAulay (@m_mcaulay) August 12, 2012
Stef Webb (@nhstef) August 13, 2012
What’s not to love?
Video via Barracuda Brigade:
The first Romney/Ryan ad has appeared online via AmericanFutureFund.
Paul Ryan: A reformer. A visionary. Ready to lead.
It’s time for a president and vice president who believe in America.
It’s time for America’s Comeback Team.
The ad plays up the stark contrast between Ryan and our current esteemed Vice President.
The Right Scoop has FULL RADIO INTERVIEW Mark Levin says Paul Ryan was a great VP pick by Romney. Levin, like Bill Kristol, and Charles Krauthammer, has long been an admirer of the wonkish Budget Chairman.
Mark Levin was on WMAL today with Derek Hunter for an interview and Levin said that he is very happy with the choice of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential nominee. But had a lot more to say about this election and the media, notably that we are paying too much attention to what the left is going to say or do – that we just need to cream them. Levin says instead of talking about what they are going to say, why don’t we just let them say it.
Listen to the interview at the link.
Lonely Conservative notes that the polling data isn’t showing Paul Ryan to be unpopular with seniors – quite the contrary, in fact.
Hot Air highlighted a Rasmussen poll from a month or so ago that had some interesting findings. One of them is that the Democrats’ claims that Ryan would “throw grandma over a cliff” meme didn’t work. Ryan happens to be pretty popular with American seniors.
For even more counterintuitive results, look at Ryan’s standing among seniors. Despite the attacks on Ryan over his budget plan, he’s easily the most liked of the short-listers among likely voters 65 years of age and over, with a 52/29 favorability rating. His “very favorable” rating of 31% in the 65+ group is more than 10 points better than the other shortlisters in the Rasmussen survey (again, save Rice). Jindal did well, too, with a 44/28, as did Pawlenty with a 40/30 and Portman at 37/26, but Ryan’s draw among seniors outpaced all of them. Ryan has plenty of room to be defined in either direction with 35% of voters overall not having an opinion, but that’s only true of 20% of seniors — and Ryan already has a majority of them on his side.
This is something I’ve been noticing; (as I mentioned in a recent comment, but didn’t have the data to back it up.) Seniors in recent years, have not been as susceptible to left-wing demagoguery as they have in the past. I first noticed the shift with the advent of the tea party. Most understand that we are on an unsustainable path, and many of those seniors are not going to be won over by disingenuous flim flam artists promising them the moon if they only vote for them.
Ryan appeals to younger voters, too, Business Insider reports:
Though President Barack Obama has a 6-point lead in Wisconsin over Romney, Ryan narrows the gap to a statistical dead heat in the crucial state.
Here’s an even more surprising finding: the 42-year-old Ryan could help Romney win the youth vote, at least in Wisconsin.
PPP found that a Romney-Ryan ticket would actually win the 18-to-45 age group in Wisconsin over an Obama-Biden ticket. This is the first poll that has found that Ryan would have a substantial effect on the youth vote.
WAS PAUL RYAN A GOOD PICK?
YES 82.62% (421,000 votes)
NO 10.03% (51,112 votes)
NOT SURE 7.34% (37,420 votes)
Total Votes: 509,532
MANASSAS, Virginia — Just left a Romney-Ryan rally in downtown Manassas. The crowd was huge, numbering in the thousands. Other reporters kept trying to make an estimate of the numbers, and all I could say was, “overflow.”
The crowd filled the pavillion and overflowed off in every direction. People stood in line for blocks in the hot August sun, and there were still people in line at the metal detectors when the rally started. Smitty was there with his video camera and I managed to get a few photos myself.
The next polls you see out of Virginia . . . Well, look, the “gender gap” will evaporate instantly now that Paul Ryan’s on the ticket. Trust me on this — chicks dig him. It was like Sinatra with a crowd of bobby soxers at the Paramount in 1944. Elvis at the Overton Park bandshell in Memphis in 1956. Total swoonsville.
Read McCain’s full report, along with Hitler’s reaction to the news, at the link.
Lee Doren explains why he’s pleased with Mitt’s decision – he wants to have the mediscare debate:
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on Greta Van Susteren, 8/11/2012: Obama Campaign Is “Hatred and Division”:
Paul Rahe, Ricochet: Landslide on the Horizon:
If Romney wants to win really, really big, there are three things that he needs to do. First, he needs to tie his argument for paring back the administrative entitlements state back to first principles – back to the origins and purpose of government – and he needs to assert the necessity to return to limited government. What I am saying here is that he needs to occupy the moral high ground, to defend free enterprise not only as efficient but as right and just, and to criticize “spreading the wealth around” and taking from Peter to pay Paul as shameful and unjust. Politics is ultimately about justice, and justice should be his theme.
Second, he needs to force Obama to make errors. To this end, he needs to get under the President’s skin. He did this to Newt Gingrich in Florida, and it worked like a charm. Obama is even vainer than Newt, and he cannot stand mockery. Moreover, he hates Romney with all the resentment that phony intellectuals ordinarily harbor for successful businessmen. The gentler the mockery in this case, the lighter the touch, the more devastating it will be. Romney’s theme should be that the poor fellow is just not up to the job and that he should be left free to spend all of his time doing what he really enjoys — playing golf. The SuperPACs may be able to carry the ball on this.
Third, when the debates come, he should do a Newt Gingrich. When one of the pundits asks a really stupid question that is of interest only to the credentialed elite (and this is inevitable), he should disembowel the man, asking him how he could waste the time of the American people on a matter of this sort when we are on the verge of a second recession and millions are looking for work. In the debates, the trick is to show strength – and nothing shows strength like a dramatic gesture of this sort. He might even find an opportunity to do this to Obama himself. It would be a knock-out blow. At some point, Romney needs to set aside his natural caution and timidity and go for the jugular.
In the meantime, you should not be afraid. This is going to be fun, and our margin of victory is going to be large.
Zilla of the Resistance: Exciting!!! #RomneyRyan2012 #TCOT
Teresa’s reaction at Koch’s Tour: Paul Ryan is the GOP’S New VP Candidate
A Must read by Stanley Kurtz at National Review: Two Tickets: Two Americas
The Jawa Report: Be Still My Heart: VP Nominee Ryan a Bow Hunter:
The obligatory comparison:
Hat tip: Charles B
Just between you and me – Akin was my favorite to win, but I didn’t have a problem with any of the front runners. Any one of them could have easily beaten McCaskill.
The News Leader reports:
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, who touted himself as the most conservative congressman in Missouri, won a hard-fought Republican primary Tuesday for the right to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in a contest that could be pivotal for party control of the chamber.
Akin topped suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in a primary in which all three leading candidates tried to appeal to conservative voters and tea party activists. McCaskill, who bills herself as a political moderate, was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Their matchup in the general election will be one of several pivotal races nationwide as Republicans seek seek the four additional seats necessary to take control of the Senate away from Democrats.
Here’s the tail end of Akin’s victory speech at his election party in St. Charles, Tuesday night.
The full speech:
Via John Hinderaker of Powerline, who says, Mitt knocked it out of the park:
By all accounts, Mitt Romney was sensational today in Pennsylvania. His theme was Barack Obama’s revelatory “you didn’t build that” speech. Over the lunch hour (here in the Midwest), Twitter was burning up with commentary from those who were watching Romney’s speech live. The commentary was unanimously euphoric. Romney spoke without teleprompter or notes, something Obama rarely does without getting into trouble. He was, everyone agreed, passionate and articulate. It seems that Obama’s attack on entrepreneurs and job creators, and his baldly stated conviction that everyone owes everything to government, was the spark that Romney needed. It will be interesting to see how his speech is reported on tonight.
I searched YouTube for the full video, but there were only a few short clips. You can watch some video clips at Powerline.
Here’s a near full length audio of the speech DailyWorldwideNews put up:
John is right that Romney was at his best when talking about Obama’s recent remarks denigrating business owners. He said:
“President Obama exposed what he really thinks about free people and the American vision and government, and what he really thinks about America, itself. He probably wants to understand why his policies failed…if you wanna understand why his policies have failed, , why what he has done has not created jobs, or rising incomes in America, you can look at what he said. And what he said was this, and I quote, (and he’s speaking by the way of businesses, like this one, small businesses, big businesses, middle sized businesses, mining businesses, manufacturing, service, businesses of all kind. He said this , If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” (Boooooooo!) That somebody else is government in his view. He goes on to describe the people who deserve the credit for building this business, and he describes the people we care very deeply about…school teachers firefighters, people who build roads, we need those things….you really couldn’t have a business if you didn’t have those things, but you know, we pay for those things. (Applause) The taxpayers pay for government. It’s not like the government just provides those things for us, and we say, “oh thank you government for those things…”
“The idea that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motors, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John’s Pizza, that Ray Crock didn’t build McDonalds, that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft – you go down the list…..to say something like this is not just foolishness, it’s insulting to every innovator in America, and it’s wrong.”
He went on to say that what Obama said “was both startling and revealing. I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature could be spoken by a President of the United States.”
I’ll take this guy over the preening, teleprompter-reading, Occupy-loving Marxist any day.