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 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.