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Paul Ryan would play "leading role" if Romney wins. Then why won't he answer any questions?

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I got this email alert today. Since I'm not a subscriber, my access is limited, but here's the tease:

Paul Ryan Is Said to be Planning an Active Role: Representative Paul D. Ryan expects to play a leading role in a Romney administration’s drive to enact a budget-shrinking government and overhauling programs like Medicare.

Two things: One is the obvious concern over their agenda. They want to turn Medicare into a voucher system that will cost more out of pocket, and they'd love to cut things like, oh, let's see... FEMA. And that's just for starters.

But the other thing is this: Romney-Ryan’s shunning the press. Both of these cowards are refusing to answer questions, neither will be interviewed and haven't been for weeks. So what we got (or didn't get) during their campaign was a conspicuous lack of details about their policies and plans, a press blackout, and a whole lot of lies.

Yet if-- and that's a big if-- they win on Tuesday, Paul Ryan would suddenly become very visible and is already previewing the horror story that will become the United States of America should they gain the powers they crave so much. He aspires to be the next Dick Cheney, and we all know how that turned out.

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Romney-Ryan's fear of the press

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I previously posted this:

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Willard M. Romney’s real closing argument is M.I.A. Why? Because his closing argument is “Don’t ask, because I won’t tell.” He won’t answer a question because he has no answers. And he has no answers because his policies are inferior, destructive to Americans, would sink this country, are discriminatory, and don’t actually exist anyway. Romnesia’s like that.

Details? What are those? Details schmetails.

Facts? What are those? Facts schmacts.

Integrity? What’s that? Integrity inschmegrity.

Amazingly, Romney hasn’t held an interview in over three weeks. Think about that. A candidate for president of the United States, leader of the free world, is afraid of the press.

That's pretty important. Think about it for a moment. The guy who wants to lead the country won't give the people of his country details about his tax returns, his policies, won't answer questions, lies a lot, and-- ta-daaa!-- refuses to give interviews.

Now his running mate is following suit. Politico is reporting that Paul Ryan has gone dark:

[S]ince the week of the vice presidential debate, Ryan has gone dark on battleground reporters — doing no local television and only a handful of network interviews and syndicated radio shows. [...]

Ryan aides shot down the theory that Ryan avoided local interviews to dodge Mourdock-related questions, saying flatly that wasn’t true.

Romney and Ryan aides instead argued that the vice presidential nominee no longer needed the earned media in the final days of the campaign as much as he did when Ryan plucked him out of virtual obscurity to those outside-the-Beltway [...]

In explaining the sudden dip in Ryan’s presence on local television airwaves, campaign aides pointed to the fact that Vice President Joe Biden rarely sits for local interviews.

Using the old, "Well THEY do it!" isn't exactly effective, let alone credible.

Truth is, they just don't want him opening his big ultra-conservative mouth before Tuesday, just as Romney has avoided questions like the plague. They both know they'd bungle it, plus both prefer to keep us all in the dark about those pesky specifics that they know would turn voters off quicker than they can Etch their next Sketch.

Rachel Maddow noticed "Where's Pauldo's" diminishing presence back on October 26th:

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“The election is a week from Tuesday. You’re in Alabama? Is Alabama swinging this year?”

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Mitt Romney's closing argument

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Willard M. Romney's real closing argument is M.I.A. Why? Because his closing argument is "Don't ask, because I won't tell." He won't answer a question because he has no answers. And he has no answers because his policies are inferior, destructive to Americans, would sink this country, are discriminatory, and don't actually exist anyway. Romnesia's like that.

Details? What are those? Details schmetails.

Facts? What are those? Facts schmacts.

Integrity? What's that? Integrity inschmegrity.

Amazingly, Romney hasn't held an interview in over three weeks. Think about that. A candidate for president of the United States, leader of the free world, is afraid of the press:

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And thank you Ed Schultz for raising the GOP inauguration night plan to obstruct and destroy President Obama’s every attempt to reach across the aisle in order to create programs and laws that benefit Americans (at about 4:00). You can read about that unpatriotic plan and all about Robert Draper’s book here:

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Fox's Greta Van Susteren: Covering Mitt Romney’s trip feels like "the press is a modified petting zoo"

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When a Foxer complains, you're in big trouble:

After a temporary press blackout (since reversed) or two, and embarrassing himself repeatedly, including his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad London gaffe-athon, and especially after accusations of racism, one would think Willard Romney would want to stay on the press's good side.

Apparently he'll do that retroactively.

Gee, I don't recall President Obama going through this kind of humiliation and evasiveness. In fact, via Think Progress:

...Obama who, when traveling abroad, held two press conferences, two appearances on Sunday talk shows, and several television and in-person interviews.

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