By Tom Z
1:01 PM EDT, August 13, 2012
As you know by now, Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate over the weekend. The charismatic Ryan is about to become a big star for the Republicans. Most people already know about Ryan’s conservative policies – he’s the Creed to Ayn Rand’s Pearl Jam – but if you want to know about Paul Ryan the man, there’s no better source than this lengthy feature from the New York Times. It explains how Ryan developed his worldview after his father’s death, and offers up gems like the fact that Ryan skins his own deer to make Polish sausages, or how he enjoys watching football and listening to Rage Against the Machine. I don’t know if Ryan will end up as Vice President of the U.S., but he’s already the Vice President of my heart.
“Paul went to work at McDonald’s and began to pull his own weight, and becomes class president the same year,” said his brother Tobin. “It is remarkable that he chose a path of individual responsibility and maturity rather than letting grief take a different course.” He added: “Some of his political views did begin to coalesce around the time of my father’s passing.”
You know who’s the real loser in this race? Joe Biden. You’ve now got three guys running for office who are good looking and charismatic, and then you’ve got old man Biden rambling on about model trains. The funny thing is, Biden probably has more experience and connections than the other three guys combined, but because he’s older and not as smooth, no one takes him seriously. These Presidential candidates are Wilson Phillips and Joe Biden is the fat chick who sings all the high notes.
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