I'd like to preface this passage by saying that I do not intend to write about Paul Ryan's political beliefs or budget proposals. Instead, I'd like to write about his thinly veiled attempts to try and
In life, there is nothing wrong with being yourself, but nobody likes an impostor. It's okay to be a 40-year-old virgin, but when you try and compare breasts to a "bag of sand" at a poker game,
But as you dig a little deeper, the weird stuff starts to come out, and you discover that he's a workout freak and does the p90x program 5 times a week. If you don't know what p90x is, I suggest you take a look at their website.
And then, once the skepticism about Ryan's personality begins to set in, the flood gates open. You'll hear comments like: "I'm from Wisconsin so I basically have cheese flowing through my veins." Ho ho, that's hi-LARious! And then you hear that he gave copies of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged to his interns as a holiday gift. "Hey gang, I know some other lame bosses have been giving out bottles of Johnny Walker, but enjoy this over-1,000 page treatise on Objectivism!" And then there's this YouTube clip of Ryan talking about his hip iPod playlist, where he mistakenly refers to the band as "Led Zepp-ling." That would be like John McCain telling a group of teenagers that he's good friends with the lead guitarist of Swedish House Mafia. Or when Mayor Bloomberg called the ex-Yankees manager "Joe Torrez" (that one's a true story).
While Paul Ryan has accomplished a lot over the years, and while no politician should be criticized for trivial things like a workout regimen, sometimes you have to trust your judgment. In this case, my judgment is screaming to me that this guy is - sorry Paul - kind of a huge tool. My intuition tells me that this is the kind of person you'd see in the corner of a cocktail party, gripping a quarter-drunk Twisted Tea, talking about the "good ol' days of college" and his intramural softball team and maybe some generic small talk like: "What do you guys think about that Tebow?"
It will be interesting to see if we find some more brutal factoids on Ryan as this race heats up in the fall. For now, he can get by with his collegiate smile and pop culture references, but we all know the truth, and I think the truth will ultimately reveal itself. To end with a lyric from Led Zepp-ling: Mr. Ryan, "your time is gonna come."