The Seattle Times:
Paul Ryan is Scrooge disguised as Pickwick, writes Maureen Dowd. The GOP has managed to find an attractive vessel to mask harsh policies with a smiling face.
He’s the cutest package that cruelty ever came in. He has a winning air of sad cheerfulness. He’s affable, clean-cut and really cut, with the Irish altar-boy widow’s peak and droopy, winsome blue eyes and unashamed sentimentality.
Who better to rain misery upon the heads of millions of Americans?
Ryan should stop being so lovable.
People who intend to hurt other people should wipe the smile off their faces.
Paul Ryan is not a moderate, not a centrist, and certainly not a perfectly neutral non-ideological number-crunching budget wonk. He is a conservative whose fiscal blueprints and budgets are drawn up with conservative goals uppermost in mind. He’s a Reaganite pro-life hawkish supply-sider who wants limited government and the lowest possible tax burden. Out of all the running mates available, Mitt Romney chose one of the most explicitly ideological options.
Against this backdrop, Romney’s choice of Ryan looks a lot like Ryan’s own policy positioning: It was more politically risky than the alternatives, but it was also more responsible. As a presidential candidate, Romney picked his running mate the way he probably made hiring decisions as a businessman. Out of an array of qualified applicants, he picked the man who’s done the most impressive and important work.
LAS VEGAS — Hundreds of protesters greeted Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan outside Las Vegas’ Venetian hotel as the Wisconsin congressman prepared for a private meeting with Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
Labor unions organized the protest Tuesday night. Workers chanted “Ryan, go home” and waved signs warning that the Republican presidential ticket is the “road to ruin.”