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Top 5 Ryan Dodges

Top 5 Ryan Dodges
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During Thursday night’s vice presidential debate, there were plenty of allegations, lies and Joe Biden smiles. If anything defined the debate, however, it was Paul Ryan’s truly impressive ability to avoid answering questions specifically.

Whether he was changing the subject, filibustering or completely avoiding the stated question, Ryan found a way to not answer when an answer was demanded. Like dodgeball legend Patches O’Houlihan, Ryan truly knew the “five D’s” of dodging — and whether he was dodging, ducking, dipping, diving or dodging Paul Ryan performed masterfully on Thursday. Here are Ryan’s top five dodges of the night.

1. The Blame Game

BIDEN: And I love my friend here. I — I’m not allowed to show letters but go on our website, he sent me two letters saying, “By the way, can you send me some stimulus money for companies here in the state of Wisconsin?” We sent millions of dollars. You know…


RADDATZ: You did ask for stimulus money, correct?

BIDEN: Sure he did. By the way…

RYAN: On two occasions we — we — we advocated for constituents who were applying for grants. That’s what we do. We do that for all constituents who are…

(CROSSTALK) BIDEN: I love that. I love that. This was such a bad program and he writes me a letter saying — writes the Department of Energy a letter saying, “The reason we need this stimulus, it will create growth and jobs.” His words. And now he’s sitting here looking at me.


Paul Ryan has been resolute in declaring the 2009 stimulus a miserable failure, which makes it rather inconvenient that Ryan asked the Obama administration to send stimulus money to his district in order to create jobs.

When this came to light back in August, Ryan lied, then blamed his staff. Of course, lying again might work, but Vice President Joe Biden was in a feisty mood, and probably would have called him out, so instead he went for a new approach. It was just constituent service, you see — Paul Ryan will ask for government money for anyone in his district who asks. So if you’re out of work, you might want to give Ryan’s office a call.

All right, Paul Ryan probably won’t secure you any stimulus money, but at least he managed to come up with an artful dodge. If he hadn’t, he might have been forced to admit that not all government spending is bad. Some — like stimulus spending during a near-depression — is downright good.

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1:27PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012


Lovely Christian response. It's good to share the Love.

1:26PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012


How can you take the top man out of any business or government post? Everyone is blaming Bain Cap. on Romney when he wasn't even there. It is being blamed on Obama's Administration ....but the lies about it not being a terrorist attack is on Obama. You cannot tell me that they took ONE telephone call and did not factcheck with other information or see the live video. Really, do you belleve that? Obama lied for eight days. Hillary is taking the blame - but - there is a memo out there where she asked for more security. Someone above her turned it down.

1:12PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

So Kevin "oozles" in his positions???? This thread might turn out to be steamier than Ryan and his lies.

11:10AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

I don't know Micheal, I was thinking when she said "Your disgusting oozeling on this site is remarkable" that it might have been a compliment. You know like "Shaft, you are one bad mother...." But then again I am not so good with "secret languages."

11:01AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Zeke, exactly, Paul Ryan voted on two separate bills, one of them to cut embassy security by 130 million and one to cut it by 300 million.

Every problem we've been faced with since 1981 side from Clinton's adoption of 2 Republican trade programs, NAFTA and CAFTA and his failure to veto the repeal of Glass-Steagall and the passage of Gramm-Leach-Bliley, has been totally on the shoulders of the Republican traitors in Washington.

11:00AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Michael, oh okay, I did not realize that "mama jmarie" had her own secret language, lol.

10:01AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

"Oozeling"? JMaire what exactly is "oozeling"? Is that some made up fantasy world? I mean you live in a fantasy world so maybe you have your own fantasy language?

8:34AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

@ JMarie F.

You're not pinning the tragic deaths of the ambassador and his staff members on Pres. Obama. There was no incompetence. It was a tragedy. You will not gain politically from this. We won't let you. And yes, we know the Al Qaeda surrogates had this premeditated, but they did use the confusion of the regional protests as an advantage. You Repubs know this! But you just want to pin something, anything on the President. Like Kevin B. said that dog won't hunt. Let it go!

Also I find it laughable that you ask "Who will ask the needed questions if Republicans don't?". You mean questions like:
-Where are the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
-Which country really attacked us on 9/11?
-Why did George W. Bush decide it wasn't important to take out Bin Laden?

-How can cutting $5 Trillion dollars from the debt be done by cutting taxes on everyone and adding like a third to the defense budget?

Republicans and the term "tough questions" should never be used in the same sentence.

8:34AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012


7:19AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Kevin B.

Your disgusting oozeling on this site is remarkable. I have two young sons in the current buildup of Americans in the Philippines that are my only concern. I don't give a hooters' backside about the political ax you try to grind in every post. Who will ask the needed questions if Republicans don't.? Do you think Democrats can see a single sin in their fearless leader? There were huge mistakes made involving our ambassador and three others. Incompetence doesn't describe it.

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