"Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision."
— President Obama, in an interview with Rolling Stone, when asked about Paul Ryan’s “obsession” with Rand (via wilwheaton)
"You forget sort of these things. I hurt my back when I was in my mid twenties, so obviously my perception of races and times were off."
— Paul Ryan, explaining why he misstated his 1990 marathon time by over an hour. (via officialssay)
"To anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech."
— FOX News (via maxistentialist)
"Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the machine our music rages against."
— Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist blasts Romney’s VP pick and unlikely Rage fan - Rolling Stone (via brooklynmutt)
“Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics.” In which a child of the ’90s learns that his favorite band doesn’t like him. (via shortformblog)
"I should probably just shut up about Paul Ryan, because I believe there’s a federal statute requiring pundits to marvel at his “seriousness” and “courage.” I think there’s also a constitutional mandate enshrining him as a “deficit hawk,” even though he voted for the Bush tax cuts, the Bush military and security spending binge, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, the bank bailout and the auto bailout, and against the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction plan. So I think for now I’ll just repost my screed about the Ryan plan from April 2011, suggesting that fuzzy math in the service of Tea Party ideology is not all that brave."
— Time’s Michael Grunwald has the Paul Ryan rant we’ve been waiting for. (via motherjones)
"His junior year, Ryan took an internship with Wisconsin Sen. Bob Kasten’s foreign affairs advisor. Ryan says he spent more time opening mail than working on the study of Soviet containment, but it got his foot in the door when a real internship with Kasten’s small-business committee opened up over the summer."
— Paul Ryan’s foreign policy experience (via mohandasgandhi)
Jennifer Rubin, blogging at the Washington Post, has this to say about President Obama’s use of the term “thinly veiled social Darwinism” to describe Paul Ryan’s budget: “Let’s be clear about two things. The supposedly erudite Obama labeled Ryan a race supremacist…”
Let’s be clear about one thing: Jennifer Rubin doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s talking about.
— The opening paragraphs of Robert Wright’s look at the “Conservative Confusion over Obama and ‘Social Darwinism’”