“Paul Ryan was born in Transylvania. He feasts on the blood of children. He has no soul and will burn in hellfire and damnation 4 etermity. (sic)”
“Paul Ryan, who teamed up with Akin in the House to sponsor harsh anti-abortion bills, may look young and hip and new generation, with his iPod full of heavy metal jams and his cute kids. But he’s just a fresh face on a Taliban creed — the evermore antediluvian, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-gay conservative core. Amiable in khakis and polo shirts, Ryan is the perfect modern leader to rally medieval Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs.”
“Ryan looks like a bonus Romney son, as Dan Quayle did with Bush senior. Republicans find the tableau of two rich white guys — same shirts, different generations — comforting. With W. and Cheney, the usual order switched and the vice-presidential candidate played the role of surrogate dad.
Where Ryan is like Cheney is in tone: at first blush, the Wisconsin congressman emanates a thoughtful, reassuring reasonableness, talking to reporters and sometimes Democratic lawmakers. Cheney’s deep voice, like the headmaster of a boys’ prep school, seemed moderate and measured, too, at first. But it is deceptive. Both men are way, way out there.
It is, to use a phrase coined by French doctors, la belle indifférence, or “the beautiful calm” of hysterical people. But the closer you look, the uglier it gets.
…Beyond the even-keeled Ryan mien lurks full-tilt virulence. A moderate demeanor is not a sign of a moderate view of the world.”
“You sit next to this guy [Paul Ryan] with a totally different philosophy. What does he say when you whisper to him, when he comes out with his budget that basically gives a great break to the richest people in the country, and really screws the people who desperately need Medicare and programs like that?
What do you ask him? How can you do this? How can you reward rich people who already have all these breaks in this country? And hurt the people that have no breaks? What does he say? What’s his answer?
…He’s screwing the people he doesn’t expect to vote for him. The people he doesn’t expect to vote for him, he’s screwing.”
“This is not a pick for suburban moms. This is not a pick for women. This is a pick for the base.”
“I think that Mr. Ryan, like the rest of the Republican aspirant (sic), there’s something in the water that they’re drinking.
…I don’t know what it is, but the things that they say, it really doesn’t make any sense at all.”
“It’s outrageous what [Paul Ryan] just said! He is inciting civil war! That’s what he’s doing.
You take his comments, and you see exactly what they mean. It’s almost as if Republicans want violence to take place in our society.”
“I’m not afraid to say that Paul Ryan’s budget is a threat to our country. Paul Ryan’s budget would knock out more critical infrastructure than Al Qaeda ever dreamed of.”