Why isn’t this man running for President?

Posted by: Phineas on March 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Another bit of evidence for the argument that our A-list candidates stayed out of the nominating race this year, leaving us to field the reserves. In this video, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes the case for the budget offered by House Republicans yesterday. Here’s a link to the “trailer video,” which is worth watching, but, in this video, Ryan gets to the meat of the problem: we have a choice between growth or stagnation, rise or decline, and liberty or dependence.

Ryan explained his plan in more detail in the Wall St. Journal. You can read generally favorable analysis of it from Dan Mitchell, and a typical liberal hack job by Ezra “the Constitution’s too old to understand” Klein at the Washington Post. Still, I have to ask…

Second look at a brokered convention?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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17 Responses to “Why isn’t this man running for President?”


  1. EBL says:

    I agree. He would be a very good Vice President choice.

  2. Carlos says:

    Don’t fool yourselves – Ryan, like every politician in D.C. with more than 15 minutes’ experience, has his warts.

    But what caught my eye is the Ezra Klein quote, for the exact same reason as when he said it a while back. He can’t understand the Constitution because he has a severe reading disability, pure and simple. If what he’s reading makes a lick of sense in the real world, he can’t understand it. If what he’s reading relates to feel-good theory, ideology, etc., or to feeding unicorns and spreading pixie dust, then his brain sharpens up and he has no problem understanding what the idiot who wrote the garbage is trying to say.

    See? Understanding Klein is as easy as understanding the Constitution!

  3. Wendy says:

    I say VP is a good start. That’s part of the problem with the Obama administration – he had very little experience – and an issue many of us have raised time and time again. If Ryan was the choice – we would be battling that headline constantly because Ryan is very young and a newbie – although he certainly has much more to show for his short career than Mr. Obama.

    Phineas- please chill a bit – it isn’t healthy. Things will be fine.

  4. Auntie_Maim says:

    No, the reason Mr. Ryan isn’t running for Prez is that he has all the warmth and personality of wet toast.


    If only voters could get behind the brains and bag the beauty, ya know?

  5. Mitch says:

    All of your comments allude to the problem. In order to get elected as President of this great nation, you need personality, charisma and intellect. Sadly, the last of those three is the one no one pays attention to. There are very few Presidential Candidates in recent elections who possessed all three. In fact, the last was Reagan. It’s been a dry run since then. Sadly again, it appears that it is very easy to find Candidates who possess the first two of the Presidential qualities I listed. Most would-be Politicians seem to excel in those areas. It’s that last one that trips them up every time. Intellect. Knowing what to do with the office once you attain it.
    You can count on one hand, the number of Presidents in our History who attained the office by personality and charisma and then proceeded to execute the duties of the office with intellect.

    Don’t believe me? I’ll give you a couple of examples.
    Clinton. Personality and Charisma out the Wazoo. Intellect? Zero.
    Obama. Pretty much the same, except that he is a Communist and he has put our country in umpteen trillion dollars of debt and seems dedicated to the destruction of our nation. But on the Personality and Charisma scale, he’s off the chart. Especially with all the people who think the Government should support them.
    Personality, Charisma and Intellect. Maybe not the best measure of a Candidate for President, but you could do worse. You could elect a Carter or a Clinton or even worse, an Obama. How many days has it been since we had a Reagan?

  6. Carlos says:

    Yeah, Mitch, and the best the Repubs can come up with are personality pluses Dole, McCain and (apparently) Romney, whose personality fits in so nicely with those other two noodles.

    JFK had all three, but lacked any moral fiber (not reported at the time because even back then the press had the jackasses’ backs.)

    Reagan had all three, but because he was a Repub the press tried for eight years to tear him a new on. Fair and balanced, ya know.

  7. Mitch says:

    Carlos, at the moment we are presenting a weak field. We deserve any criticism directed toward us. I’m sorry, Romney is a a joke. If he’s a joke to me, a right wing Conservative, then he is certainly a joke to the rest of America. Regardless, we will put him up against the Communist Obama and Obama will make him look like the Idiot he is. I have resolved myself to the Truism that Republicans are just plain Stupid when it comes to Politics. We really, really, needed a Candidate who could go into a debate with Obama and rip his head off. Gingrich was the only one who could have done that. Shows the intelligence of the average Republican. I don’t really care anymore. I’ve had my fill of Idiots. What happens from here on is simply Destiny and it is out of my hands. It is out of your hands too, you just haven’t realized it yet. I despair for our nation.

  8. Drew the Infidel says:

    Admitted Paul Ryan is the only grown-up in the room. But in an interview I saw he stated he felt he was more useful to the country by not becoming VP. He should know.

    It would do well for many to lose their defeatist attitude. I’m sure I am not the only one who would vote for Jack the Ripper before Obhammud.

  9. Michael Teuber says:

    Not to spoil anyone’s theory, but the Republican party (including Representative Ryan) stood by and said and did nothing effective while the Republican with electrifying charisma, beauty, a genius IQ and an eidetic memory was systematically subjected to the most savage campaign of personal annihilation in living memory.

    To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, “I do not think you want, what you think you want.”

    “That woman deserves her revenge. And we deserve to die.” You have to imagine real hard a Romney/Bush operative with a conscience (implausible, I know) as Budd from the conclusion of Kill Bill vol 1.

  10. Carlos says:

    Au contraire, Mitch, the field is not the best the Repubs could come up with, and Gingrich is not the best debater we could come up with.

    They just happen to be the only ones dumb enough to subject themselves to the torture of the run in the primaries, but there are plenty of others that have better political records and/or that could embarrass Duh-1 in a non-telepromptered debate. And probably even a couple who could give just as fine a real speech as Duh-1 gives a telepromtered reading.

    And wouldn’t come across as a relatively mediocre lecturer!

  11. Kate says:

    That’s the problem…the cult of personality! People want a pretty little package of good looks, energetic personality, smooth words and little more! I am sick of the people here in America who just voted for Obama based on a slogan and not even being remotely interested in his background and personal ethics and motivation.

    Political parties are entrenched in the king-making mode and you have to play along with THEIR heirarchy to attain any measure of success. Money is needed and deals are made to get the message out…all areas where compromises are made.

    I think Ryan really prefers to stay where he is where his career will have some longevity without the rigors or running for a nation office in which he and his family will most likely be trashed. Who in their right mind wants to put their loved ones through such a process.

    That’s where we are….it’s a stomach churning choice for me. I am not thrilled with Romney. I like Newt, because I think he knows how to get things done in Washington and he can debate. Santorum will be torn to bites by the lame stream media. And, Ron Paul, well, nice try but his message rings hollow to me.

  12. Mitch says:

    I appreciate greatly the comments by Carlos and Kate and Michael and Drew. I don’t have any argument with the people who take the time to contribute to the conversation here. We may not always agree, but we don’t have any arguments on the future of our country or the people who threaten that future. I’m good with that.
    Carry on.

  13. Mitch says:

    Here is something you all might want to consider. It is my belief that we are already a Communist Nation. Radical statement, I know. But look around you. The evidence and signs of Communism are everywhere. Fully fifty per cent of this entire country are on some form of government subsistence. The unions in this country are bankrupting major cities and state governments. It’s only a matter of time before SEIU and the other major unions of this country suck this country dry to support their ridiculous retirement packages. These people retire with a pension of $100, 000 to $200, 000 at an average age of fifty. They will enjoy this pension for another twenty five years at the current life expectancy. You and I are paying the bill. Obama supports the Unions. The Unions support Obama. Get the picture?

  14. Taxpayer says:

    The one and only reason we should not have a brokered convention: The libs want it. It’s simply another chance for them to divide and conquer. They’re salivating at the idea of the GOP fighting against itself.

    We need to get a Republican in the WH to reverse the Obama tide of misery where he’s able/authorized. We must also get more conservatives into both houses so we can tackle the debt and keep a RINO prez in check.

  15. Mitch says:

    Taxpayer, are you saying you are afraid of Liberals? I hope not, but that is what I read in your comment. The last brokered convention was in the 1940’s. Wilkie against FDR. FDR walked away with it. But that outcome does not guarantee a repeat performance. In a weak field of Candidates, which is what we have right now, a brokered convention makes perfect sense. It would relieve all of us of the responsibility of voting for a Candidate we are not exactly in love with. Two of the strongest leaders in our midst are Sarah Palin and Colonel Allen West. They are both real Americans who believe what we believe. A Palin/West ticket would upset the apple cart on a scale of ten. Don’t like those two? How about Cain/Rubio? I think you see my point. The normal machine that is used to produce the Primary Candidates is something we all dislike. Because the end product is something we all disagree with. It is really that simple. The final choice we are left with is not the choice we would have in place to begin with. I not only object to the final choice we have, regarding the candidates, I object to the process that gave them to us in the first place. I know, I know, money and organization. Is that really what this nation has come down to? Is that what the Founders envisioned for our future? Really?
    I have to make my vote with my left hand, because my right hand won’t cooperate?
    Please give me a country where the elections are held where the very best candidates on both sides are present because of their love for this country and not because they have enough money to outspend the other guy. Yeah, I know. I’m a dreamer. It might also amuse you to know I read poetry. My favorite, Robert Frost.
    What business I have commenting here on a major political site is a mystery even to me. I guess it’s just that I love this country where I live and I hate to see it being taken apart, piece by piece by Communists. A brokered Convention. What a crazy idea. I hope they do it.

  16. Mitch says:

    It is amusing to me that after all the criticism of Sarah Palin by the left, she still remains one of the most popular Conservatives on the landscape. Whether or not she runs for office, it reinforces in me that most of America believes in the goodness of human beings as a species. The belief in family, the idea that a Creator gave us all this existence we enjoy. That we are blessed. That we have been blessed since this nation was founded by men who believed the same thing. If that’s a concept you can’t get your arms around, then you belong on the other side. Life is tough. You have to make choices. The choices you make, define you as a human being. You can help to defend Freedom, or you can watch television. The outcome will be the same. Freedom will prevail. You can participate, or you can just watch. It’s up to you.