This Week’s Watcher’s Council Nominations – Paul Ryan Edition Oct 10 2012


Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

Less than 30 days to go before an election that will change the country for good or ill. Less than 30 days to see whether America chooses to reclaim it’s greatness or wallow in misery and dependency. Less than 30 days.

This Thursday, we’re going to see a perfect example of the choice at hand when Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan steps into the arena against incumbent VP Joe Biden.

On the one hand, a young heir to Reagan’s Revolution, on the other, a symbol of everything wrong with Washington and our politics – a lifelong politician, an entrenched wart on the body politic who’s been wrong on almost every major public question, a fixer and an enabler of the worst sort of crony politics.

The pressure on Ryan will be intense. It’s his first time debating on the national stage, and after last week’s debacle by the president against Mitt Romney, the compliant Obama Media will be looking for any excuse, even a single slip to zero in on and declare Biden the winner.

On the other hand, Joe Biden can mouth the most ridiculous and ignorant statements and wallow in gaffes and if they’re even mentioned by most of the media, it will be with an indulgent chuckle and an ‘oh, that’s just Joe.’

The moderator, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, is a left leaning Democrat who will be under intense pressure from her peers to assist Biden and ‘fact check and challenge Ryan’ in order to avoid the beat down Jim Lehrer received after the first presidential debate for behaving like a moderator instead of an ally to the president.

Yet with all that, my money’s on the rookie. Because not only does he have the smarts and the talent, he has facts and the tide of history on his side, as he shows here:

Fewer people will likely watch this debate than the one last week in Denver between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but this one is worth paying attention to because of what it symbolizes for America’s future…a choice between a chance at redemption and a move towards our Founder’s principles versus a further wallowing along a corrupt and discredited path.

We’ll know in about a month which future we’ve chosen.

This week’s contest is dedicated to Paul Ryan..and to America’s future.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove and Against All Enemies took advantage of my generous offer of linkage and earned honorable mention status with some excellent pieces they submitted.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then just return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, without further ado, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions
Honorable Mentions
Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!


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