Romney and Ryan As The New Munsters

Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan  -  The Mittsters   :

When one of our readers (E.A.) suggested the idea of Paul Ryan as Eddie Munster, I immediately recognized it as a natural. With Ryan’s ridiculously low hairline, widows peak and bushy eyebrows, it didn’t take much work to transform Ryan into little Eddie. As for the Mitt/Herman transformation, a quick peek into Romney’s cold inner being was all the inspiration I needed.

Actually, anyone who remembers the ’60s series, The Munsters, knows that Herman was a decent, soft-spoken guy disconnected from reality. The Munster family (Herman, Lily, Grandpa and Eddie) were a ghoulish family composed of a Frankenstein dad, a vampire as his wife, her vampire father, Eddie the werewolf son and Marilyn, their normal looking niece, who was considered the ugly duckling of the family.

The show centered around the Munsters failed attempts to assimilate into normal society. Their tendency to view normal everyday folk as misfits was their downfall. Remind you of anyone you know?

If Mitt and Ann Romney have shown us anything, it’s that their privileged life of mansions, car elevators, dressage horses and Cayman Islands tax havens has left them unable to understand the struggles that middle class Americans face each and every day. Only a man completely out of touch with regular folk would find it amusing to mock people in $3 plastic raincoats (“I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks”) while boasting of his friendship with race car owners.

When Ann Romney said, We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life, she wasn’t kidding. The Romneys view themselves as a part of society far removed from the riff-raff that clean their pools and sweep up Rafalca‘s droppings.

Herman never figured out why it was he who was the misfit and not the other way around. Don’t hold your breath hoping Mitt is ever going to figure it out either.


(The Romney and Ryan source photographs are Creative Commons licensed images from photographer Gage Skidmore.)

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38 thoughts on “Romney and Ryan As The New Munsters

  1. Ok Mario, you and A. E. have gotten me to laugh again thanks for that and please keep the graphics coming.

  2. If you weren’t convinced that Obama was doomed to be a one term president, you can be sure now. With Paul Ryan on the ticket, it’s going to be a landslide.

  3. OK redState girl tell us what you like so very much about Paul Ryan. Or tell us what you dislike so much about Obama. Otherwise your drive by style of communication is pretty boring. You seem to think you know something that we don’t so please tell us.

  4. Paul Ryan is young, smart, a strong conservative, an intellectual, articulate and he’s a deficit hawk. What is there not to like? Mark this day as the day Romney turned it all around. I wish the VP debates were tomorrow.

  5. He’s a cutie too, but I’m happily married so I’ll settle for seeing him as my VP and as POTUS in 8 years.

  6. Sorry redstategirl,,, But my Grandparents who always vote republican won’t be voting for Romney because of Ryan,,, they pretty much just vote GOP down the line – but the buzz around the old folks home is that this Ryan critter wants to take away Social Security… Romney pretty much screwed his chances at the senior citizen vote…

  7. Well we will see how that deficit hawk thing works out for you and for the country, redState girl, but you probably thought George W. Bush was a smart guy too and a good president no doubt. I bet you would be shocked to find out that GWB put the entire Iraq war on the credit card, leaving Obama and us to figure out how to pay the bill. Now Romney/Ryan want us, you and me to pay the whole bill and Ryan has promissed to punish the poor, the middle class and our grandparents in the process. So your kind words for Ryan don’t move me at all.

    A.E. I hope that you are right. If it’s just a crush it will pass ;)

  8. RedState Girl,

    > Paul Ryan is young, smart, a strong conservative, an intellectual, articulate and he’s a deficit hawk.

    LOL. He is source of the deficit. He supported the following programs under Bush, which led to budget deficit and all 100% financed by borrowing. Now he wants to blame it on Liberals and morons buy this:

    Medicare Part D
    Iraq War
    Afghanistan War
    Bust Tax Cuts
    TARP (yes, he voted for it).
    Oil Subsidies.
    Pork for his district(Conservative love shafting the govt for their own sake)

    Also, just like another conservative and Repub, if you didnt increase the debt ceiling under Bush to finance Iraqi school setup, you were a unpatriot. That pretty much sums up a typical republican: Rape the treasury and tell uninformed public(such as yourself) that its all Lefty agenda. Yup, you are his average uninformed american.Let me guess you are one or more of the following:

    White southerner.
    Evangelical: American Jesus talks to you and your family.
    You watch Fox to get all the unbiased info. Everything thats wrong in life is all Liberal fault because your mommy/daddy/Church told you so.
    Math/Science is really hard and is a liberal agenda anyway. Intelligent Design is a deep theory and perfect.
    Home schooled?
    Oral Roberts/Liberty or some third rate university graduate(if you went past high school).

    Conservatives never learn: Its genetic. They just happen to be humans.

  9. If they win, you’d better be adding on a room for the grandparents or your parents…unless they’ve saved a small fortune or have long term care coverage (which may or may not be sufficient).

    ‘Cause when these two deficit hawks get done screwing the up and coming seniors with $7K vouchers (that will be reduced over time) for anyone now under 55 so they can find their own coverage (after ACA is repealed), and substantially reduce Medicaid — mom and dad and the g-parents are going to be screwed once all their assets are depleted and one or the other is still alive. Medicare won’t pay for a nursing home after 30 days. At that point you’re own your own, and you’ll need to apply for Medicaid once you burn up all your assets.

    When they start drooling and need their diddies changed, I hope you’re up to it, redState….or you can afford to hire an illegal immigrant to help out…oh wait. They’ll all be at the nursing home — cause there aren’t too many folk who like changing (or can stomach it) adult diapers.

    Oh happy days!

  10. You’re right “RedStateGirl” Paul Ryan IS smart, compared to your last VP pick. If one’s more excited with the VP pick than the actual Pres. nominee, doesn’t that tell you something?

  11. Ajay

    Don’t forget — the Bush administration (and US taxpayers) paid for the Iraqis to have ….wait for it….universal health care!!

    Not too good for the Iraqis, but too good for Americans…’cause we have to make sure our corporate sponsors get their cut of our paychecks.

  12. All i see in Ryan being picked is another recession coming up those people aren’t going to come in and save america the damage has already been done, they have said time and time again that the jobs that are gone aren’t coming back, so thats already telling us what once was they don’t intend on ever letting happen again. they or anybody can create a job anybody can make manufactureing jobs spring up, eliminate automated jobs, have our x-rays and MRI’s and cat-scans read right here in the USA, why can’t americans answer the telephone for companies or for trouble shooting problems, or banking situations or whatever, we can recreate any job we please and they know it, this was a recession not a nuclear bomb blast, nothing was destroyed but money on paper, wheels deals and thrills that gave us the chills in the end. If any of these republicans or democrats were really smart they would go ahead and restart america the right way not compareing it to some president back in 1928 or 1962 or 1998 or 2000 or 2008 all that matters is what can be accomplished today. Ryan I don’t like him, I can’t support anyone who on purpose draws up a plan to undermine our pensions our healthcare our middlelcass our seniors or the poor, who undermine the benefits for the disabled or our vets, who don’t believe in global warming and who wants to get rid of the EPA and the DOE and every regulatory system america has i can’t do that. I can’t support those who have nothing but fake outrage at what Obama is doing but yet they haven’t lifted a finger to help this country, are we better off now that the republicans are in office, did they fullfill their promise to get this country moving in the right direction or did they restore any jobs no nothing but everything against us. fighting over something like birthcontrol being mandated majority of all health coverage has birth control coverage already in it. was it 24 or 27 states where representives were going off their, outraged about Obama putting that clause in the healthcare law something thats already covered by most. Paul Ryan and Romney ticket is not a blessing what have either actually done for this country? promises and fake outrage just doesn’t do it for me when i hear what their saying i see what their doing i can read. I don’t believe in supporting someone just because, i don’t think Obama has failed this country at all, but i do think the republican party has failed this country big time because they haven’t done a thing to help Obama run this country, restore jobs or create a budget that includes all the entitlement programs that we had before this recession.

    If they can make sure the wealthy get their cut of the pie at any cost and they don’t even need it at all then they shouldn’t be getting anything that they didn’t work for, the republicans are making sure that the wealthy get the debt driving up contributing to the deficit tax cuts tax breaks call it what you want but they are making sure money is diverted from us to give to the wealthy 1 or 2 % we did not vote them into office to destroy the very heart and fabric of america. if You tell me to get a job i’ll tell you to stop outsourceing them so i can and all the americans who have lost theirs can.
    Making america a poverty stricken country is the work of the republicans not Obama. RECESSIONS DON’T DO WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING their ruining this country and Paul Ryan is right in step with them, now he wants to help lead the charge against the middleclass and the poor. with plans that do nothing but hurt all of us ordinary folk.

  13. Isn’t that kind of like what Romney and Bain did? Take over a company, run up lots of debt, took their big tax cuts salaries and subsidies, then file bankruptcy and leave everyone in the dumpster. That’s pretty much what the R’s have done to the country financially. Run up huge debt for war and tax cuts and blame Obama cause he hasn’t fixed in 1 term what Bush and R’s did in two? Who has tried to help repair the country with stimulus and jobs bill? Who has tried to hurt the country with idiotic laws about women’s bodies and the dreaded invisible voter fraud? The only people so concerned with women’s bodies beside the R’s are the fundamentalist Islamists. The only other people so willing to rewrite history and blame things on infidels are Fundamental Islamists . In America it’s non-Christians, with Islam it’s non-Muslims. Penalizing someone for wanting to work with his fellow Senator or Congressman is the most UN American thing I can think of right off hand. Thank Goodness the founding fathers didn’t feel that way.

  14. Mario, how about a graphic with Paul Ryan morphing into Ayn Rand? Now that he is claiming that he has divorced her in favor of St. Thomas Aquinas. Who changes their core philosophy over night? A man who wants to be President some day?

    “I reject her philosophy,” Ryan said this year. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas…Don’t give me Ayn Rand.”

  15. @dinamic

    Here’s what Ryan used to say about Ayn Rand:

    Some choice quotes from Mitt Romney’s new vice-presidential running mate on Ayn Rand (from Daily Kos):

    • “I just want to speak to you a little bit about Ayn Rand and what she meant to me in my life and [in] the fight we’re engaged here in Congress. I grew up on Ayn Rand, that’s what I tell people.”
    • “I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are.”
    • “It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff. We start with Atlas Shrugged. People tell me I need to start with The Fountainhead then go to Atlas Shrugged [laughter]. There’s a big debate about that. We go to Fountainhead, but then we move on, and we require Mises and Hayek as well.”
    • “But the reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.”

    An internet search on the phrase “paul ryan loves ayn rand” brings up almost 300,000 hits. It looks like we have a pair of flip-floppers, people who change their public positions when it becomes politically convenient.

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  18. Exactly A.E. How can an honest man change his entire belief system over night or even in a year? If he has had a conversion I want details that are believable according to human nature and how the brain works. Not that Ryan would ever be my pick for water commissioner ( too much of a dog lover to ever make that mistake). I just think that those with a loud mega phone need to get on this matter of the true beliefs of both republican candidates and show them to the public as the naked, greedy, power hungry, liars that they are. No way their agenda can do anything, but severely damage our democracy and hurt thousands of people. If they were to kill ” The affordable Healthcare Bill” another congress and a future president would never be able to reinstate it with all the money drained and sent to tax relief for the mega rich.

  19. Why not tell the full story, Mr. Blair? Ryan has since renounced Ayn Rand.

    In April, Ryan told the National Review’s Robert Costa that his supposed devotion to Rand’s teaching was “an urban legend.”

    “I reject her philosophy,” Ryan said this year. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas…Don’t give me Ayn Rand.”

  20. Marcus, you, Ryan and your compatriots on the right are the ones not telling the full story. Ryan’s post-flip-flop statements are out and about already. What you and he are trying to hide is the fact that up until it looked like he was going to be on the Veep list, he was a high priest of Rand, even to the point of requiring his acolytes staff to read her bibles books. That’s the part that you and he are trying to hide. Ryan’s nose has been indelibly stained* from being stuck so far up Ayn Rand’s rectum that she could bite it.

    *In 1988, Ryan’s high school class voted him “Biggest Brown-Noser”.

  21. Marcus,

    > Ryan has since renounced Ayn Rand.

    And N*****head is just the name Perry’s Ranch in a non-racist state of TX. That must be it. Now all Paul Ryan has to say is that the black guy’s policies increased the deficit and you will believe that too. Guaranteed. i thought Flip-Flop wasnt something conservatives liked. Now they only want that.

    Are you moron to believe this? You need a brain transplant which will let you think and discern so you know how the world operates. My eight year old knows at least not to believe this. Grow the fuck up.

    There are fucking videos of Paul Ryan adoring Ayn Rand. He probably has sex with her every night.

    Now go watch Fox to get some your daily dosage of hate and dumb food.

  22. Interesting how much pent up hatred you liberals have for Ryan. This alone tells me that Romney did well in choosing him as his running mate. I can smell the fear from here.

    Here’s a link that answers any doubts you have about the Ryan-Rand connection. It’s a breitbart link but before you get your panties in a bunch, read the entire column. It might change your mind if you set your hate aside for a moment.

    Rand was a vehement opponent of religion — all religion — as well as its moral strictures. But Paul Ryan is a committed Catholic. As he stated in the quote above, Ryan has never signed onto her anti-religious ideals. Ryan’s compassionate Catholicism is what makes it impossible for him to be a full-throated Randian.

    Still, the left claims that Paul Ryan’s budget policies are intended to throw grandma out on the street and that he intends an Ayn Rand-like destruction of the welfare state. But the truth is, his Roadmap For America’s Future goes out of its way to save the welfare state by paring it down to an economically sustainable form. Ryan is not proposing any end to the welfare state.

    Ayn Rand was not nearly so kind. She called the welfare state an imposition of complete immorality on a polity and opposed its construction. Whatever you think of her philosophy, there is no evidence that Paul Ryan ever signed on to all of her ideas.

  23. Hey redstategirl… you religious? Ayn Rand was an atheist. Seems Mr. Ryan is ignorant to that fact. Which means he’s probably ignorant to most facts. Vice President + Paul Ryan = NOT

  24. So…Catholics can’t be hypocrites? Once a Catholic always a Catholic? I know just how hypocritical Catholics can be, having endured twelve years of Catholic programming schools, and I live in Ryan’s back yard (fortunately, however, not in his district). I’m guessing you didn’t bother to check the Daily Kos link I provided above, which links to a series of quotes from Paul Ryan praising Rand almost to the point of reverence. How about the 299,000 other hits that testify to his Rand-omness?

    How far wrong would I be if I speculated that you also believed that St. Paul was a Christian from the cradle and Wernher von Braun worked all his life for America? Both are just as ridiculous as saying the Ryan never followed Rand, and there’s nothing to prove that his recent repudiation isn’t just a naked political ploy.

  25. Marcus,

    >interesting how much pent up hatred you liberals have for Ryan.

    There is nothing interesting about it. Ad expected, you just proved me right. Calling you a moron due to clear lack of critical thinking doesnt make me a Liberal. You dont have enough information to make that opinion. In other words, you dont have the facts to make this call. I may or may not be one but you have no clue. Ayn Rand didnt tell you that.

    Think about it: If I am an Ayn Rand fan, wouldnt I pissed off that Paul “MoFo” Ryan just threw her under the bus. Is it too complicated for your mushy brain?

    All that proves is that you are in fact an ill informed nincompoop. I cant read rest of post coming from an idiot.

  26. LOL — poor Paulie Ryan– his staff was so busy reading Ayn Rand they didn’t have the time to put together any legislation for him to push through — other than naming a post office in his district and …get this…raising taxes on the shaft (double) of an arrow and it’s subsequent components (as I recall not previously taxed) — AND limiting the type of arrowheads that could be purchased. OMG a taxer and a regulator!!

    10 years and that’s the sum total of his legislative accomplishments. And I thought my Congressman wasn’t productive!

    Wonder what he was doing all those years he was collecting almost $200K a year? As a Republican you don’t have to read legislation, just vote the way you’re told to.

    I think we should ask for our money back.

    Oh Marcus – you wish — the Dems LOVE the idea that Ryan is the VP — that lovely budget of his is going to be tied around both their necks. You may think seniors care on that their protected from this proposed budget, but you’d be wrong — they’re parents and they care about their kids, who will also someday be seniors.

    The GOP keeps spouting this is a center right nation — but to make it one they have to suppress the vote — now why would that be, if they are so confident that their positions are the ones people want?

    The Dems are going to come out in droves – droves I tell ya. Romney made the one choice that would ignite the Democratic base. Big mistake! But they had to keep the Ron Paulies happy & the idiot TeaParty crowd — darn, I’m all stocked up on popcorn waiting on the ruckus they were going to cause at the convention. Sigh. Very disappointing. And have you all noticed Ms. Palin, The Donald, the Bush & Cheney corporation, and several others aren’t invited. LOL

    If you want to know why this selection is so bad – check out David Frum’s new article in the Daily Beast.

    I predict a landslide.

  27. Hey Marcus:

    Here is the text of a letter sent to Paul Ryan. Its principal author is Father Thomas Reese, a Jesuit and senior fellow of the Woodstock Theological Center and signed by fifty-nine of his colleagues there and on the faculty of Georgetown University, one of the foremost Catholic institutions in the United States (the Woodstock Theological Center is affiliated with Georgetown). The letter, I think, speaks for itself, and it addresses Ryan’s reverence for Ayn Rand (I have highlited the relevant passage):.

    Dear Rep. Paul Ryan,

    Welcome to Georgetown University. We appreciate your willingness to talk about how Catholic social teaching can help inform effective policy in dealing with the urgent challenges facing our country. As members of an academic community at a Catholic university, we see your visit on April 26 for the Whittington Lecture as an opportunity to discuss Catholic social teaching and its role in public policy.

    However, we would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has wisely noted in several letters to Congress – “a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons.” Catholic bishops recently wrote that “the House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria.”

    In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.

    Cuts to anti-hunger programs have devastating consequences. Last year, one in six Americans lived below the official poverty level and over 46 million Americans – almost half of them children – used food stamps for basic nutrition. We also know how cuts in Pell Grants will make it difficult for low-income students to pursue their educations at colleges across the nation, including Georgetown. At a time when charities are strained to the breaking point and local governments have a hard time paying for essential services, the federal government must not walk away from the most vulnerable.

    While you often appeal to Catholic teaching on “subsidiarity” as a rationale for gutting government programs, you are profoundly misreading Church teaching. Subsidiarity is not a free pass to dismantle government programs and abandon the poor to their own devices. This often misused Catholic principle cuts both ways. It calls for solutions to be enacted as close to the level of local communities as possible. But it also demands that higher levels of government provide help — “subsidium”– when communities and local governments face problems beyond their means to address such as economic crises, high unemployment, endemic poverty and hunger. According to Pope Benedict XVI: “Subsidiarity must remain closely linked to the principle of solidarity and vice versa.”

    Along with this letter, we have included a copy of the Vatican’s Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, commissioned by John Paul II, to help deepen your understanding of Catholic social teaching.


    Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
    Senior Fellow
    Woodstock Theological Center

    Well, now, Marcus, are you going to call fourteen Jesuits and thirty-six of their colleagues liars? That is what you are going to have to do to maintain that Paul Ryan was never a devotee of Rand.

    The truth of the matter is, as Lawrence O’Donnell put it, the Democratic Party couldn’t intimidate Ryan into repudiating Rand. His fellow Republicans couldn’t do it. But the Catholic church could. Maybe he was threatened with repudiation or even excommunication for his devotion to an Atheist. The prospect of excommunication is enough to make any devout Catholic crap their pants (in a spiritual sense). For a politician whose public image depends on his religiosity, the risks of discommodation are even worse. Ryan may call his past Randism an urban legend, but that’s yet another case of putting the old lipstick on the old pig.

    At this point I am willing to concede the possibility that Ryan, unlike so many politicians, pays more than lip service to his religion, since political pressure could not make him denounce Rand but clerical pressure could.

  28. Personally, I am STUNNED that Romney chose Ryan. What does this accomplish ???? Yes, RedStateGirl, he is dreamy, so according to you I guess we should run Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt now. He picked Like Dr. Evil – Mini Me (that sounds like a new graphic Mario).

    Ryan couldn’t be more like Mitt himself if he was made in a lab. He will help deliver a grand total of ZERO Electoral Candidates to the ticket. Rubio would have potentially helped in FL, Nicki Haley would have helped the female vote, shit, ANYBODY but Mitt’s own doppelganger would have been better for the ticket. He would have been better off choosing one of his own sons.

    This also links Romney to really fun stories like Ayn Rand, the libertarian icon who died penniless on gov. support. Yea!!!

    I love the letter from Thomas J. Reese, S.J. That tells us everything we need to know about the hypocrite Paul Ryan.

  29. why can’t people come together to fix the things that are wrong with our country? These nonstop attacks on each other have been going on for decades and have solved nothing. It is time for the few truly brave to set a new course for the U.S. and live up to the standards that were set by the founding fathers.

  30. I think its funny how redState Girl completely disappeared after people starting refuting her opinion with real facts. I bet she thinks that Fox news is the best show on earth as she is so easily won over by a moderately handsome face. Shes like a little 5th grade schoolgirl with her little crush. I find it interesting that even writers for Fox News are becoming seriously annoyed by Ryan and Romney’s blatant lies.

  31. …redState Girl completely disappeared after people starting refuting her opinion with real facts…

    I think it’s more likely that she’s upset that even Fux News said the Ryan “…lied like crazy…” during his speech.

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