Much truth is said in jest. Witness President Obama’s skewering of Mitt Romney and Donald Trump at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
As the laughter fades, which GOP presidential candidate could truly derail a second Obama term? The one who can keep smiling, rise above the onslaught of media bias, and – most critically – be RELENTELSS in cutting off the president’s rhetorical means of escape about his disastrous economic policies.
We don’t pretend to know who that might be. But watch who the president and his court consistently attack and revile. And that will tell you who concerns THEM the most in the fight to win hearts, minds and votes in 2012.
Such as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., whose plan to resize the federal government was characterized by the president earlier this month as “less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America.” It was, he said, “not a vision of the America I know.” Ryan, by implication, must be out of touch.
“You can say you disagree with Paul Ryan’s plan,” said TV host (and former GOP congressman) Joe Scarborough in this clip. “You cannot say Paul Ryan is not a serious person unless you are a left-wing ideologue that is detached from reality.”
Bingo. Watch the video below of Ryan’s response to the president from mid-April and see whose vision for America rings true to you. Ryan, by the way, doesn’t sound like he’d run for president in 2012, but even as a GOP vice-presidential pick, he could single-handedly dissipate much of the Obama fog.