Are you weary of the Paul Ryan story yet? Good, because there is lots of legs on this story and by the GOP convention we should know everything about the man, to include his opinion on anchovies.
I will do my part for the cause of a Ryan vice presidency…….since the MSM is fixated on Ryan, as they should be, after all Mitt has given them so much fodder that it just has to be the story for the next couple of weeks…….my previous post talked about Ryan the person and now I would like to give my readers information on Ryan the Congressperson……
Rep. Paul Ryan is the most ideologically far-from-center vice presidential nominee since at least 1900, according to one statistical analysis of historical Congressional voting records.
Based on the DW-NOMINATE model, Ryan’s record makes him the most extreme nominee from either party during that stretch, meaning he is not only ranked as more conservative than any past GOP vice presidential nominee, but also as further from center than any Democratic number two over that same stretch.
That ranking system analyzes all the roll call votes cast by members of Congress and computes a weighted average of how conservatives or liberal elected representatives are based on those votes. For example, the system pegs Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Raul Grijalva (D-NM) as the ninth-most liberal member of the House, while Ron Paul (R-TX) ranks as the second-most conservative member (Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) barely beat out Paul for the title of most conservative.)
Ryan, meanwhile, falls well into the conservative end of the spectrum. In fact, the ranking system puts him just four slots closer to center than Tea Party crusader Michele Bachmann (R-MN.)
The system presents its averages on a numerical scale, from -1.0 to 1.0, liberal to conservative, with zero being completely centrist. Ryan earned a 0.562 Ideology Score according to the system, higher than Dick Cheney’s previous record high score for a VP nominee of 0.531. The most extreme Democratic nominee, by contrast, was President Franklin Roosevelt’s VP, John Nance Gardner (-0.482.)
That finding affirms anecdotal evidence about Ryan’s perceived image as a very conservative politician. His budget proposal last year, for example, was so extreme that even Newt Gingrich dismissed it as, “right-wing social engineering,” — though he has since come around now that Ryan is on the party ticket.
Analysis written by Jonathan Terbush
This should help Mitt become more likeable to the conservative base….the problem is he, Ryan, will be the vice president and we know that Mitt does not take well to people upstaging him. Personally, I think Ryan was the perfect choice for the party but a horrible choice for Mitt.
But we shall see, right?