There have been a lot of signs that since since naming Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been trying to inch himself away from Ryan’s controversial budget. GOPers and Romney supporters insist that’s not true but just watch this exchange between CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Romney surrogate John Sununu over Medicare.
I suspect Sununu’s comments are not exactly what The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and other conservatives who were ecstatic over Romney picking Ryan had in mind. It suggests Romney a)picked Ryan to woo and quiet his party’s right wing b)is trying to now move to — get ready, here it comes — the center and (get ready) moderate his support of the Ryan budget as voiced during the primaries.
I don’t usually embed MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, but this segment does have a lot of good info pulled together on how GOPers are scrambling to put some distance between the budget of someone who was called a “rock star” by conservative media this weekend. There does seem to be a big heap of conditional love at work here:
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.