Morning Bits

Remember when the auto bailout was a “success”? The latest: “The Treasury Department says in a new report the government expects to lose more than $25 billion on the $85 billion auto bailout. That’s 15 percent higher than its previous forecast.”

Remember when President Obama toyed with being responsible? “The Obama campaign is gearing up to attack Paul Ryan for his budget, which reforms the Medicare program for those under the age of 55. But the White House wasn’t always on the offense against Medicare changes, with senior Obama advisor David Plouffe saying in July of last year the President would be open to raising the retirement age.” It is “worse” than that: Obama talked about means testing benefits.

Remember when Mitt Romney was a “wimp”? “Watching Mitt Romney on the campaign trail this weekend after he tapped Paul Ryan as his running mate, it was hard not to be struck by how significantly the candidate’s message and delivery improved. Romney was newly energized, almost sounding like an evangelist as he preached the merits of capitalism and the free market. His rhetoric was sharp and specific as he contrasted his policy vision with that of President Obama’s. With Ryan, he looked confident in his sit-down interview with CBS’s Bob Schieffer. It was as if the ghost of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had entered the cautious, often-awkward pol’s body, to great effect.”

Remember when everyone was interested in the “Obama at home”? No more: “In an interview with People magazine between campaign stops in North Carolina, [Janna] Ryan said her husband ‘has one of the sunniest demeanors and most positive outlooks of anyone I’ve ever met,’ so he and the GOP presidential nominee should get along well, she said. You know, he’s pretty low-maintenance. Paul is someone who goes with the flow.”

Remember when Iowa was solidly in the Democratic column? “Paul Ryan fires up Iowa State Fair crowd in intense 12-minute speech.”

Remember when liberals said Ryan was no big deal? “Romney already overshadowed by Ryan.” Hmm, didn’t somebody else use that same meme?

Remember when the only storyline was “Republican fat cats”? From the New York Times no less: “Conservative Star’s Small-Town Roots: In Mr. Ryan, [Romney] has found not only a sympathetic life story to animate his campaign — which he seized upon when he spoke on Saturday of how Mr. Ryan’s father’s death ‘forced him to grow up earlier than any young man should’ — but also a politician who fills in what many see as the gaps in Mr. Romney’s conservative bona fides.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.

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