Rep. Paul Ryan schools President Obama on the president’s signature legislation, ObamaCare.
The White House is known to loathe Ryan because of his performance in that debate. The breezy president who handed the details of his own signature legislation to Nancy Pelosi got schooled by a young congressman who knew what was in the bill. It was an embarrassing moment for the thin-skinned president and he hasn’t forgotten it.
Paul Ryan is capable of destroying his opponents in a debate without ever coming across as unpleasant. Watch him wreck DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in March 2010.
The plagiarist Joe Biden doesn’t stand a chance against Paul Ryan.
In a Congress full of peacocks and grifters, Rep. Paul Ryan is a patriot. We were told that Tim Geithner was the only man in America who could understand our fiscal crises, despite the fact that Geither failed to run Turbo Tax properly. Ryan overmatches Geithner in this exchange, from February 2010.
With Ryan on the GOP ticket, the Obama campaign is boxed in on policy and will roll out attack after attack on Ryan. The Obama campaign will wear out the race card. The Obama campaign will wear out the “fairness” card. The Obama campaign will wear out the class warfare card. As I am writing this, the Obama campaign has already called Ryan “radical.” We will see these attacks in ads, in headlines, and even by the paid operatives who post comments on blogs. They cannot beat Romney-Ryan on policy, so they will have to destroy them both personally. The Obama campaign will run the risk of hitting that tipping point beyond which attacks become counterproductive, but they will have no choice. On substance they are already beaten: Mitt Romney is a tower on the private sector, and Paul Ryan is a lion on federal spending. Ryan also brings his Catholic beliefs to the table and can articulate how dangerous Obama’s policies are not just fiscally, but in terms of freedom of faith.