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The Mantle of Leadership Has Shifted: Romney, Ryan Govern in All but Name

Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2012/08/18 13:49:33

In the first week since Paul Ryan joined Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket, something subtle yet fundamental has happened to the country--something not yet reflected in poll numbers or punditry: the mantle of leadership has shifted.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden (certainly the latter) occupy office but cannot be said to govern in any meaningful way beyond formalities. Obama avoids the media; Biden has been sent back to Delaware; and their vast auxiliary army of super PACs and community organizers is reduced to petty sniping and personal attacks. No one expects any truly new ideas or proposals to come out of the Obama campaign anymore. It is telling that the only real debate this week was between Romney and Ryan's Medicare policies, not Obama's.

The honest reflections of the more thoughtful voices on the American left confirm that Romney and Ryan are, in effect, leading the country. First there was William Saletan of Slate, who wrote--without irony: "A wonderful thing has happened for this country. Paul Ryan will be the Republican nominee for vice president." He added that Republicans like Ryan were the perfect antidote to Democratic excesses: "Maybe, like me, you were raised in a liberal household. You don’t agree with conservative ideas on social or foreign policy. But this is why God made Republicans: to force a reality check when Democrats overpromise and overspend."

That reaction found echoes in praise for Ryan offered by veteran Democrat Erskine Bowles of the president's own fiscal commission, among others. Other Democrats--notably former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder, the state's first African-American governor, and none too impressed with Biden's offensive appeals to racial resentment--began to consider crossing party lines to support the Republican ticket, even if just this once.

Eli Zaretsky, writing for the hard-left, pro-Occupy, pro-Palestinian Tikkun magazine, admitted candidly:

Now leftists are exploding with joy at Romney’s supposed mistake in choosing the easily attacked Ryan as his running mate. Perhaps leftists might reconsider their own credibility as political analysts in evaluating the Republican strategy.

Let us begin with the obvious. Obama cannot run on his record, since it is a record of failure. Therefore, he was always going to run a scare campaign, explaining how bad the Republicans are. In choosing Ryan, Romney has not made this easier for Obama — it was always easy. Rather, he showed that he is not afraid of Obama’s scare tactics, and of the Democrat’s ad hominem attacks on him — rich, unfeeling, out of touch, and all the rest.

In choosing Ryan, what Romney showed above all was courage--or, more precisely, the absence of fear. Eighty years ago, a great Democratic president comforted the nation by telling it that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." That comfort and confidence is what Romney and Ryan now offer Americans, while Obama ducks questions, Biden hurls bombs, and Democrat surrogates find the old weapons no longer work.

There was a telling moment, shortly after he was chosen, when Paul Ryan faced reporters on the campaign plane and said simply: "We're going to win this campaign." It was not bluster; it was simple self-assurance.

There is a long way to go on this campaign trail, and Romney and Ryan will have to fight for every vote. But now they will be tested not as candidates, but as leaders of the nation. That is what they have already won.

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  • Concerned Citizen 2012/08/18 14:07:05
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    The left is destined for a rude awakening this November,....they will learn that the country is still conservative and the people will display this by soundly voting obama out of office.

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  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/18 17:41:19
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
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    I will PROUDLY vote for Romney this November, I am sick of the lying Liberals trying to destroy the country I love.
  • Diane Spraggs Yates 2012/08/18 14:17:57
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    +1
    Working Background:Romney
    After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.
    After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.
    In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .
    In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
    He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
    In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

    Some Interesting Facts about Romney:
    Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
    Again and again, Bain Capital worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles with companies. For example: Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.
    He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
    He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for eight years.
    He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.
    He was an unpaid President of the S...


















    Working Background:Romney
    After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.
    After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.
    In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .
    In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
    He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
    In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

    Some Interesting Facts about Romney:
    Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
    Again and again, Bain Capital worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles with companies. For example: Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.
    He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
    He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for eight years.
    He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.
    He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
    He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
    He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

    Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country, but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men; and in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income. (Just for comparison purposes, Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.)

    Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:
    He will show us his birth certificate
    He will show us his high school and college transcripts.
    He will show us his social security card.
    He will show us his law degree.
    He will show us his draft notice.
    He will show us his medical records.
    He will show us his income tax records.
    He will show us he has nothing to hide.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Mitt Romney's background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen for President of the United States.

    You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected. At least I know what religion he is, and that he won't desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility. I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won't like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney's background can do it.
    On the minus side, he never was a "Community Organizer," never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to damn the US. You should know the difference between the men running for America's top office. Does the Obama/Biden team deserve 4 more years?
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  • Allbiz ... Diane S... 2012/08/18 15:45:09
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +2
    In all fairness, don't you think you should mention:

    Obama's working background:
    UH.............................. yeah, he says he sold drugs while in college.
    After Columbia: He attended Harvard Law and became the first editor of HLR who did not perform any of the normal duties. He hung out with profs and smoked cigars, though.
    After Harvard Law:.........oops, everything is locked away from public view.
    He got himslef elected POTUS and one month later received a Nobel prize for not being George W. Bush.
    He then became the most transparent president in the history of America by giving classified information to a movie producer to glorify himself.

    I just wanted to be fair.
  • Diane S... Allbiz ... 2012/08/18 16:50:14
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    +1
    Sorry you are so right !!!!!!
  • Allbiz ... Diane S... 2012/08/18 17:21:08
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +1
    I hope I didn't give him too much credit.
  • Diane S... Allbiz ... 2012/08/19 14:25:28
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    +1
    No you more than fair !!!!!!!He did deserve credit for liminating all opponets by using a lawyer to disqualify signatures so he ran un-opposed for his very 1st run for office !!!!
  • Concerned Citizen 2012/08/18 14:07:05
    Concerned Citizen
    +3
    The left is destined for a rude awakening this November,....they will learn that the country is still conservative and the people will display this by soundly voting obama out of office.

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