Can You Feel the Excitement?
I got an email today from one of the right-wing groups I subscribe to in order to find out what's getting their undies in a bunch.
This email was passed on by Mitt Romney and was titled simply "Paul Ryan."
Isn't that very headline just crackling with excitement?
Here is what the email said:
Paul Ryan is a strong conservative leader, and I am proud to have him as my running mate.
He is widely respected for his leadership skills and his intellect, and for his ability to tackle serious issues.
Together, we understand that a limited government and fiscal responsibility will unleash prosperity for all Americans.
Donate $15 today to help restore America's greatness and build a stronger middle class.
"OK, Rupert, OK Dick Armey, OK megawealthy GOP string pullers — you can put the gun away. I did what you asked me to!"
(Oh, and the whole statement is in a little box with no salutation, no introduction. Just that formal statement.)
Mranwhile, Huffington Post, home of "bad news for Obama," has a headline story today titled "Romney's Pick Has Troubling Record?" It goes on to say "Paul Ryan Only Passed 2 Bills Into Law In More Than A Decade."
His legislative record, it turns out, consists of:
B. He passed " legislation to change the way arrows (as in bows and arrows) are hit with an excise tax. Specifically, his bill amended the Internal Revenue Code to impose a 39-cent tax per arrow shaft, instead of a 12.4 percent tax on the sales price."
This really isn't a big deal, considering the kinds of legislation he proposes, which most of us would rather not see passed. But it's interesting that HuffPo considers this headline news, especially after yesterday's headline that "Ryan's speech gets mixed revues, emphasizing risk of Romney's pick."