“And I’m going to suggest that most people on tumblr are scared of Ryan not because he is intelligent or reasonable or ~*~above politics~*~ or whatever but because he’s presented as being exactly like that and that’s one of the few myths that possibly-persuadable voters uniformly like in candidates. (Remember when that was exactly how Obama was being sold to the public? Intelligent, reasonable, and ready to “move past politics as usual”?)”
jakke: Admit It, I Scare The Ever-Loving Shit Out Of You, Don’t I?
You’ve nailed it, he’s being presented as such and it is terrifying. Anyway when his plan came out there were other plans floating around, including one by progressives, but major media news networks paid the most attention to Ryan’s plan. I don’t know why but I think people wanted to move beyond Republicans who weren’t Bachmann or O’Donnell. With that said, I don’t find Ryan reasonable. AT. ALL. And I’m baffled that anyone would claim that he’s above politics, how do these people exist?