Will Saletan is first out of the blocks with something you knew was coming -- hot, wet, monkey love for Paul Ryan and his honesty and his willingness to administer the harsh medicine that the country so obviously needs. God, there is nothing that gets the Village ghouls cold blood hotted up like the prospect of cutting Social Security and Medicare:
With Ryan’s selection, Democrats are accusing Romney of “doubling down” on cuts that will “jeopardize” Medicare and hurt the poor and the middle class. And Democrats have polls on their side: Voters don’t like cuts to Medicare or Social Security. So what? Screw the polls. Republicans will be on the right side of the spending debate. They’ll be on the right side of the substance debate, too.
Someday someone is going to do a study on the psychological attitudes of the worthless media elite of our time and their obsession with making life more miserable for large swaths of their fellow Americans. The degree to which Saletan, Dancin' Dave Gregory, David Brooks, and virtually the entirety of Fred Hiatt's funny pages (save Eugene Robinson, Harold Meyerson, and E.J. Dionne), get tumescent over granny having to move in with the kids because she can't afford to live on her own is really like nothing I've ever seen. It's gratuitous cruelty at the hands of people who have far more than they deserve and confuse this status with wisdom.
The blessing of watching the print media and commercial television news apparatus die is that in future generations the mindless natterings of these sorts will not mean a thing. In the meantime, expect much more of this and expect bitter tears when Ryan and Romney get their asses handed to them in November despite the best efforts of the Village elite.
Update: Because I am a glutton for punishment, I turned on Morning Joe this morning just in time to hear both Dancin' Dave Gregory and Mark Halperin pronounce Ryan as "serious." I then went upstairs to shave and heard Cokie Roberts utter the "S" word as well. (Thank God I don't use a straight razor.) If it wasn't Monday morning, it would have had all of the makings of a great drinking game. Needless to say, I picked up the Washington Post and George Will and Robert Samuelson had made the same claim, while Matt Miller, actually attacked Ryan, but pronounced his Medicare Plan serious. Some days I wish that a cleansing conflagration would sweep this place that I call home.