There on one of the hottest most humid days of the summer was the Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic party, yes that would be Mr. Buckley (Ray, not William F. Jr.), decked out with an undershirt showing through his shirt as Channel 9 filmed his reaction to Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Raybo loved it, but my first reaction was, "Hey, what's with the undershirt in Mid-August, Raybo?"
Seriously, both Democrats and Republicans everywhere seemed overjoyed with the choice of Ryan.
For once, rather than viewing their comments as an effort at spin control, I actually think both may have stumbled into an honest response. Hey, strange things do happen, especially in such heat that no one should be wearing an undershirt.
Philosophically, Paul Ryan is an outstanding choice. Rush Limbaugh today was asking when the last time you've heard a Republican speak up for free enterprise and individual liberty. I speak up like that every week on The Liberty Express, my TV show on Manhchester 23 (vimeo.com/libertyx), so there can be no doubt that I am extremely pleased with Paul Ryan. For the past few years, I've been saying that the tea party is about the only thing standing between this country and ruination along the lines of Greece. We cannot continue to run up trillions of dollars in debt; we must face that fact, no matter how unpleasant or how politically unappealing it is.
Ray Buckley will never admit that.
Kathy the S will never admit that.
Debbie Wasserman the S will never admit that nor will the Demagogue in Chief or his veep.
Democrats prefer to continue to scare voters in an attempt to pander their way through the next election cycle, kind of like fiddling while Rome burns.
Paul Ryan will not pander; he will not fiddle.
However, therein lies the political problem.
Are Americans ready for the truth? I fear not. That's why, although I like Paul Ryan a great deal, I would have preferred a less combustible (targetable?) choice for Veep. As I wrote here last Friday, Marco Rubio would most likely have brought Florida's 29 electoral votes and given Romney a shot in four critical southwestern states.
Ryan not only most likely will fail to deliver Wisconsin, but by the time Democrats are done spending millions running their granny from the cliff ads, Florida and the election could be lost.
No wonder Raybo was overjoyed (he must have a case of the summer chills, dressed like that).
However, perhaps...just perhaps...Paul Ryan will not be so easy to demonize. He comes across as the most natural unaffected politician on the scene today--that is to say, he's totally likable not at all the kind of person easy to portray with blood dripping from his lips (although he has managed to captrure that Eddie Munster look--Butch Patrick take note; there may be a TV reprise for you these next few months--if he's still alive).
I had written the debates off as most likely to produce more of the usual pablum and series of stock answers, but the Ryan choice means we just might get to a substantive look at issues prior to November. Only by looking at issues and facing our problems head on can this country be saved.
Thus, on second thought, I'm inclined to thank Mitt Romney for this choice.
It would not have been my choice, but then with millions of dollars behind his campagin, Romney must certainly have had polling data indicating this was the way to go.
Thus, for the second time in a week, the admonition "be careful what you wish for" comes to mind.
This time, it's be careful what you wish for, Raybo, Barack, et al.
Oh by the way, I always loved The Munsters...poor Fred Gwynne in that Herman costume, that comic genius Al Lewis, and Yvonne deCarlo in her best role ever...alas poor Marilyn!
If Paul "Eddie Munster" Ryan has his way, it could be alas poor Raybo, alas poor Barack.
At least...we can hope.