Paul Ryan’s media honeymoon

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Howard Kurtz says Rep. Paul Ryan’s “long paper trail” is a ticking time bomb and the press “won’t long be satisfied recounting his roots in Janesville, Wis., and how he went to work at McDonald’s at 16 after his father died. For all the hopeful chatter that Ryan’s selection could produce a serious and substantive election debate, the hyperspeed news cycle and relentless distortions of modern political campaigning will probably render that a fantasy.”

“Ryan may have energized the right — Rush Limbaugh and Rupert Murdoch appear ecstatic about his elevation — but the congressman has a long paper trail that could alienate moderate swing voters. If Newt Gingrich could assail Ryan’s Medicare plan as ‘right-wing social engineering,’ little wonder that the Obama team is salivating over the prospect of hanging the Ryan record around Romney’s neck.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.