Politics: Paul Ryan: Hope for Obama backers staring up at their posters

Published by: Dan Calabrese on Thursday August 30th, 2012

Dan Calabrese

By DAN CALABRESE - You college grads in the basement staring up at your Obama posters? Paul Ryan is talking to you.

It might have been the best line of the night. Offering up to college grads in the basement staring up at their Obama posters, wondering when they're going to be able to get going in life.

There was lots of substance too, especially the part about limiting federal spending to 20 percent of GDP "because that's enough." Damn straight it is. And it forces Obama and Biden to justify exactly why we need to spend more than that.

Ryan's power comes from the combination of his sincerity, his smarts and his earnestness. You can see that the nation's fiscal situation weighs on him, and that he feels a tremendous sense of urgency. And yet he's an optimist who believes the problem can be solved.

Interesting that commentators on CNN seem to think the speech was fantastic. Even James Carville didn't jump on him.

A few random lines I thought were effective (not necessarily transcribed exactly as he said them):

"Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?"

"Medicare is a promise, and we will honor it. We will strengthen it for my mom’s generation, for my generation and for my kids and yours."

"In this election, on this issue, the usual scare tactics on the left are not going to work. Mitt Romney and I want this debate. We are going to win this debate."

"They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don’t have. Really simple. Not that hard."

"I’m gonna level with you. We don’t have that much time. But if we’re smart and serious, we can do this. After four years of government trying to divide up the wealth, we’ll get about the business of creating wealth."