Can Obama and the Dems turn Paul Ryan into the next bogey-man? 

Greg Sargent of the Plum Line:

National Dems say they are planning to use Ryan’s budget as a weapon in numerous Senate races, in order to draw a sharp contrast between the parties on fiscal matters and to tar GOP candidates as in the pocket of the rich and hostile to the interests of the elderly....Here’s the sort of thing Dems say they’ll be doing. GOP Rep. Todd Aiken, who is expected to run for Senate in Missouri, was standing next to Ryan when he announced his proposal yesterday. Dems are hoping to highlight this image of Aiken gazing upon Ryan as a weapon in the manner that, say, Dem opponents of Joe Lieberman used imagery of him kissing Bush in the 2006 Senate race.

The world is full of bogey-men. The more likely ones are dark political figures like Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. There are also less likely bogey-men who still have some potential -- John Boehner comes to mind. But will it soon be poisonous to appear on camera with...Paul Ryan?

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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