Conservatives complain the Romney people are not “letting Ryan be Ryan” in the campaign while the would-be VP bashes Obama as Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, telling crowds to “turn on the TV and it reminds me of 1979 in Tehran. They’re burning our flags in capitals all around the world. They’re storming our embassies.”
Ryan pushes for “peace through strength” in Ohio, bewailing the shutdown of “the only tank factory we have in America over a budget gimmick,” conveniently overlooking his own record in Congress of forcing automatic defense cuts on the Obama Administration.
In the larger picture of Ryan lies and distortions, such a kerfuffle does not amount to much, but it’s galling in the light of his total lack of foreign policy and military experience, unless you count a college summer job driving the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, a 27-foot-long hot dog atop a convertible.
That’s the closest Ryan ever came to a tank, but it could qualify him for the Michael Dukakis citation for ludicrous campaigning, recalling the photo of the 1988 Democratic candidate in a Snoopy helmet that helped do him in back then.
All this comes as the Romney campaign announces a message change shortly. It’s not likely that Ryan will be the messenger.
Update: Is Ryan trying to parody himself? In Ohio he takes time out from campaigning to buy hunting clothes for his daughter.
"She's hunted with me,” he explains, “but this is the first time she gets to do the hunting herself. She's 10 years old and you can hunt starting at 10. I got her a rifle for Christmas last year and so I'm getting her ready."