Yesterday was Day Two of the Republicans’ “re-invention convention.”
On Tuesday, Ann Romney tried to re-invent her husband as a warm and fuzzy guy. Last night, Paul Ryan tried to re-invent himself as reasonable. Both attempts failed. Because neither is true.
No matter how much he tried to round off the edges, Paul Ryan remains the most extreme right-wing candidate ever nominated for a national ticket. He may run for cover, but he can’t run from his record.
On fiscal issues, it’s Paul Ryan who advocates destroying Medicare and Medicaid, who wants to privatize Social Security, who would cut every program aimed at helping the poor and middle class, and who proposes raising taxes on the middle class in order to pay for even bigger tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year.
On social issues, Paul Ryan is joined at the hip with Todd Aikin. He’s anti-abortion, with no exception for rape, incest, or the health or life of the mother. He co-sponsored the Human Life Amendment. And he’s against marriage equality, and gay adoption.
How the Republican Party has changed. Not so long ago, Paul Ryan would have been dismissed as a fringe candidate. Mitt Romney put him on the ticket.
That’s my parting shot for today.