Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen has been tapped to play Paul Ryan in Vice President Joe Biden’s debate prep for his upcoming battle on October 11, 2012.

Report from ABC News:

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland has been tapped to play his congressional arch rival, Rep. Paul Ryan, in upcoming rehearsals to prepare Vice President Joe Biden for his single televised election-year debate, Obama campaign officials confirmed to ABC News.

Van Hollen, the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, which Ryan chairs, is the party’s leading voice on budget policy in the Congress. He has studied Ryan’s signature plan and arguably knows it better than most on Capitol Hill.
An articulate and aggressive debater, he is also a regular on the TV cable news circuit and on the Sunday morning talk shows.

“I’ve said that Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to the ticket has definitely sharpened the debate and made even more clear the choice for the American people,” Van Hollen told reporters today on a conference call to discuss competing plans for Medicare.

If you’ll recall, President Obama has selected John Kerry to play the stand-in for Mitt Romney during the President’s debate prep.

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    • Virginia — gotta love this State!

      Let’s hope the rest follow suit!

      “Today, the Virginia legislature once again approved House Bill 1160 (HB1160), what many refer to as the NDAA Nullification Act. The support was overwhelming, again. In the House today the vote was 89-7 and the Senate concurred a few hours later, 36-1.

      The bill “Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a United States citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.”

      • Funniest sophism (P. Ryan): “This Bill offends my principles, but I’m gonna vote for this Bill in order to preserve my principles…”! (minute 3:10 to 3:21)

        LOL — that’s not even sophistry, but plain idiocy (perfect match with Rmoney…who has NO principles)….

        No wonder the Mitt made himself even more UNELECTABLE (by choosing this Ryan clown for his sidekick).

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  4. I guess the responses so far show how excited we are about the supposed Willard/Davis.

    But since that’s the topic we’re stuck with, why did they pick Van Hollen?

    The best stand-in for Biden would be the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters:
    He couldn’t be more white, he’s soft and fluffy, and he’s way too sweet.

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      “Grover Norquist, the influential conservative activist, recently made some very frank and sobering remarks about the U.S. military budget. Unlike many conservatives, Mr. Norquist understands that American national security interests are not served by the interventionist foreign policy mindset that has dominated both political parties in recent decades. He also understands that there is nothing “conservative” about incurring trillions of dollars in debt to engage in hopeless nation building exercises overseas.

      Speaking at the Center for the National interest last week, Norquist stated that “We can afford to have an adequate national defense which keeps us free and safe and keeps everybody afraid to throw a punch at us, as long as we don’t make some of the decisions that previous administrations have, which is to over extend ourselves overseas and think we can run foreign governments.”

      He continued: “Bush decided to be the mayor of Baghdad rather than the president of the United States. He decided to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan rather than reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That had tremendous consequences… Richard Nixon said that America’s national defense needs are set in Moscow, meaning that we wouldn’t have to spend so much if they weren’t shooting at us. The guys who followed didn’t notice that the Soviet Union disappeared.”

      When a prominent DC conservative like Grover Norquist makes such bold statements, it shows that public support for a truly conservative foreign policy is growing. The American people simply cannot stomach more wars and more debt, especially with our domestic economy in tatters.

      The American people should reject the hype about so called defense “cuts” from both side of the political spectrum. When the Obama administration calls for an 18% increase in 2013 military spending, those who propose a 20% increase portray this as a reduction!

      Even the supposedly draconian cuts called for in the “sequestration” budget bill would keep military spending at 2006 levels when adjusted for inflation, which is about as high in terms of GDP as during World War II. It’s also more than the top 13 foreign countries spend on defense combined. Furthermore, sequestration only cuts military spending for one year after taking effect. In future years Congress is free to reinstate higher military spending levels– so under sequestration the most drastic case would mean spending $5.2 trillion instead of $5.7 trillion over the next decade.

      Is there any amount of money that would satisfy the Pentagon hawks? Even if we were to slash our military budget in half, America easily would remain the world’s dominant military power. Our problems don’t result from a lack of spending. They result from a lack of vision and a profound misunderstanding of the single biggest threat to every American man, woman, and child: the federal debt.”

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        Simple solution: Ecuador should grant Assange citizenship, and then hire him to be an ambassador. Then he could go anywhere in the world, with diplomatic immunity.

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  6. HERE’S A NEW TOPIC: Should Todd Akin pull out?

    [Considering that Akin got into trouble for his rape comment, maybe “pull out” is not the right term to use.]

    On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer said: “It isn’t only that it was offensive and toxic. It was unbelievably stupid. There is enough stupidity in Congress. We don’t need to add to it—in this large amount. The guy has to leave.”

    Akin’s comment was a gaffe, which is defined as “when a politician accidentally tells the truth.” The truth that he told was simply that Akin does not believe that rape should be allowed under ANY circumstances, and therefore, he minimizes the importance of rape.

    Personally, I am at least impressed with his consistency. Most anti-abortion people say that “life starts at conception,” but then make up all kinds of excuses for abortion, such as rape and incest, health of the pregnant woman, and so on.

    Such people are actually PRO-CHOICE, but THEY want to be the one who gets to choose.

    Rape is a horrible thing, and a woman should not be forced to suffer an additional nine months due to the rape. But if one feels that way, why can he not allow a woman to decide for herself what situations make a pregnancy unbearable? It’s an individual’s choice, and the individual who makes that decision is the woman, not some anti-abortion bureaucrat.

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