Ryan Choice a 'Gamble,' But He's No 'Robot Nerd'
Andrew Sullivan and Eva Longoria among those weighing in
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2012 5:29 PM CDT
Mitt Romney points to a supporter in the crowd as his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. looks on during a rally at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Reactions are rolling in from the left and right over Paul Ryan as VP pick—some of it predictable, but a few tidbits stand out either for defying political allegiance, unveiling Mitt Romney's strategy, or using a lot of exclamation points:

  • Romney "has decided to try to win the mega states of Florida and Ohio without the help of the favorite sons—Sens. Marco Rubio and Rob Portman, respectively," writes Gerald F. Seib in the Wall Street Journal. And Romney is gambling that "in an election dominated by the economy, he didn't need to pick a running mate with foreign-policy or national-security experience to offset his own shortages in that area."
  • "Ryan has many flaws," writes Andrew Sullivan in the Daily Beast, but Ryan is not (as Ezra Klein called him) a "robot nerd." Watch this video of Ryan's speech today, and "you'll see Ryan sell Romney much better than Romney sells himself."
  • Ryan has dismissed Ayn Rand's worldview as cold and atheistic, but Objectivists seem upbeat about the VP pick, Politico reports. “I think the announcement is great news,” says Atlas Society CEO Aaron Day. “The influence of Rand on Ryan as it relates to the role and nature of government is a huge step forward for the liberty movement.”
  • No real surprise here, but many in Hollywood aren't happy with Ryan's conservatism, reports USA Today. "Romney's VP pick voted against equal pay for women and repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell," tweets Eva Longoria. "We can't go backward." Tweets Michael Ian Black: "Romney/Ryan = same initials as Ronald Reagan. THINK ABOUT IT!!!"
See why Politico's Mike Allen says Romney isn't playing it safe.

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Aug 12, 2012 9:42 AM CDT
Picking Ryan was a bold move by Romney. He's placing a bet that Ryan -- a Republican who keeps getting elected over and over and over again by big margins in a DEMOCRATIC district -- once people have actually seen him, and gotten past the cartoon cut-out the fools will be trying to sell -- will begin to realize this whole invention is just one more Democratic lie, because their eyes will tell them different.
Aug 12, 2012 8:23 AM CDT
Who cares what Eva Longoria or Michael Ian Black have to say about politics? I am a die-hard Dem and I'll be voting Obama in November. But I really don't give a crap if a bunch of celebrities agree with me or not. I am sick and tired of entertainers trying to tell us what to do, regardless of whether I agree with their politics or not.
Aug 12, 2012 6:17 AM CDT
according to the last survey of veterans by the Department of Veterans' affairs, 39.3 percent of veterans use Medicare, compared with 14 percent of the general population. Many of these veterans are relying on Medicare as their sole health care provider.The Ryan plan would have an immediate impact on these veterans, forcing those falling into the "donut hole" with high-cost prescription drug costs to pay more for their medications in addition to paying more for preventative health services. Veterans who rely on Medicaid would not escape cuts either. The Republican plan could slash $1.4 trillion in health benefits over the next ten years. Forty-four states are already facing significant budget shortfall in Fiscal Year 2012,and the cuts could force the state to either ration health care benefits for veterans across the country, restrict eligibility rules and leave thousands uninsured, including veterans, or raise taxes to cover the shortfall. Finally, many veterans rely on private insurance, mostly through their employer. Because Republicans want to repeal the recent health insurance law, these veterans will no longer have guaranteed access to health insurance regardless of pre-existing conditions and may see annual or lifetime caps on coverage under the Republican budget. In short, Republicans and Paul Ryan will strip away care for our veterans, in the name of budget cutting. These proposals are draconian, cruel, and unfair to those men and women who put their lives on the line for this country.