Arianna Huffington announces a leap in social media:
Mitt Romney’s announcing Paul Ryan as “our next president” is more than a freudian slip.
By By John Aloysius Farrell
a) A right-wing ideologue with extreme views whose economic blueprints would further enrich the wealthy; strip the middle class of hard-won medical, education and retirement benefits; expose old folks to rapacious health insurance firms; and return America to dog-eat-dog social Darwinism, redolent of the age of the robber barons,
b) A brave and bold young visionary in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt or John F. Kennedy who, with his intricate knowledge of the federal budget, will combine with Romney to prune extravagant government entitlements; free business from the shackles of federal regulation; relieve upper income Americans from unwise and unfair taxation; and spur the creation of millions of jobs.
So contended Democratic (a) and Republican (b) partisans and campaign operatives, who used Sunday’s talk shows as a forum to hone the lines of attack they have chosen for the coming days and weeks.
President Obama’s senior campaign advisor led the assault, calling Ryan a “right wing ideologue” who was chosen by Romney “to thrill the most strident voices in the Republican Party.”
Advisor David Axelrod said Ryan is the “intellectual energy” behind a right-wing budget plan that would “end Medicare as we know it,” slash federal student loan and research programs and “lavish millions of dollars of tax cuts, most of them on the wealthy.” He said Ryan is “outside the mainstream” on abortion rights, and reminded viewers of the ABC’s This Week that the congressman was the architect of a proposal to privatize Social Security that was “so out there” that even Republicans deserted him.