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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-29-12 03:54 PM
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Ryan the Salesman Wont Take No for an Answer

By John Paul Rollert

August 28, 2012


Ryan is the most relentless salesman in the Republican Party. A ubiquitous presence on television, he has an easy smile, an ingratiating manner and a relentlessly upbeat air. Compared with his no-compromise colleagues, he acts less like a drill sergeant and more like a devoted student of Dale Carnegie.


Ryan first came to prominence after the 2004 election when he promoted an ambitious plan to privatize Social Security. It was regarded as too radical by George W. Bushs administration, which pushed a more modest plan that proved such a dud that the president later regretted making it a priority.

In 2007, Ryans first budget proposal enjoyed a similar reception. The cuts he proposed were considered so aggressive that 40 members of his own party voted against it. A year later, he introduced a revised proposal. It fared little better. Only eight co-sponsors signed on.
Electoral Costs

Since then, Ryan has worked tirelessly to sell his vision to congressional colleagues, not without success. His 2011 Path to Prosperity budget won the support of almost every House Republican, even though, as Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said of the proposal, At 37 footnotes, it might be the most annotated suicide note in history.


As a national candidate, he faces two challenges. ..... The second challenge is more considerable. He has relied on his ingratiating style to persuade people to hear him out. Now he faces criticism that is the bane of the best salesmen, namely, that his pitch and persona have the whiff of something disingenuous.


Paul Ryan invites Jeb Bush to address Ryan's House Budget Committee, June 1, 2012

Mitt Romney Set To Pick Paul Ryan As Running Mate, August 10, 2012

Paul Ryan's mother, a Florida resident, feared he'd be a ski bum, August 14, 2012

Instead, Mom Ryan (Douglas), your son and his friends are conning America.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-29-12 03:57 PM
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1. This is the lyingest Presidential ticket I can ever recall.
I am also furious that the media let's them get away with failing to give a straight answer to any meaningful question.
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