Talking Points Memo: Demonizing Paul Ryan
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly charged that, “Predictably the American left is attacking Congressman Ryan. They say he’s an extremist, insensitive to the poor, brutal to the elderly. While Mr. Ryan looks like a nice guy, liberals are painting him as a political Bernie Madoff.”
From filmmaker Michael Moore to actress Eva Longoria, Hollywood and the left have already started attacking Ryan. O’Reilly’s favorite reaction so far comes from the former CBS evening news anchor, Dan Rather, who said on another network that Ryan is toxic for the ticket. Rather also stated, “This is toxic in Florida. I’m not saying Romney will lose Florida, I’m saying that as of today
he has less chance of carrying it than he had before.”
O’Reilly responded to those comments, “As Talking Points said last night, Paul Ryan will have to convince the elderly voters in Florida and all over the country that he’s not their enemy. If the congressman is unable to do that, he will not help the Romney ticket.”
The Factor host reiterated that he believes choosing Ryan was a smart choice because the Wisconsin congressman understands that America is in trouble and has given much thought to solving the complex economic problems the nation is facing.
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Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer joined The O’Reilly Factor to weigh in on the Talking Points Memo. He believes that adding Ryan to the ticket is a risk, but there is an upside. Krauthammer assessed, “The risk is obviously that the Democrats will succeed in defining him as some wild-eyed extremist by saying to seniors in Florida he’ll abolish your Medicare or he’ll toss granny in the snow.”
The way to combat that is by bringing out the man himself into the public. Krauthammer compared it to the debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Reagan had been demonized as an extremist but, after the debate, Krauthammer recalled, “Reagan showed himself not to have horns. The election was over, it became a landslide.”
He went on to say, “Now Ryan does not have Reagan’s charm, but he’s not threatening and he’s very smart. I think the one thing Romney’s got to do right now – unleash Paul Ryan.”