Poor Paul Ryan Reduced to Enduring Hecklers Who Haven’t Even Paid $15 Each to Yell at Him

by Kris E. Benson

Boy does time fly! It seems like just yesterday that Paul Ryan was charging his constituents $15 each to come yell at him at town halls. But now times have changed! Paul Ryan is a Vice Presidential candidate, which means that he has to let people come yell at him WITHOUT EVEN GIVING HIM MONEY. Like yesterday, when he went to the Iowa state fair in Des Moines and had to just stand there until cops intervened to protect him from a lady yelling questions like ARE YOU GOING TO CUT MEDICARE (yes, of course he is, DUH) and STOP THE WAR ON THE MIDDLE CLASS (*cough* Communists *cough*).

Poor, poor Paul Ryan was reduced totelling the crowd that since Iowans and Wisconsinites “like to be respectful with one another, and peaceful with one another and listen to each other these ladies must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin.” Yes, Paul Ryan is so respectful and peaceful, probably because he is from Wisconsin. Like that one time he politely and respectfully made jokes and laughed as cops wrestled an old man the ground because he dared to point out all the six ways that the Ryan Plan would screw him from Sunday, or the other time he politely and respectfully filibustered his own town meeting so he wouldn’t have to hear what constituents had to say about his plan to ruin their lives. For funsies, here he is at a “listening” session back in 2011, interrupting everyone and lecturing at anyone who asks him tough questions and then finally just asking a bunch of them to leave.

 
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DaSandman August 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

Paul "The Pinata" Ryan.

Batter up!

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

Is there an echo?

HateMachine August 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

echo?

Dr_Zoidberg August 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

Cookie?

Damn, the echo's broken.

NorthStarSpanx August 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

It was better the second time.

DaSandman August 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

I dunno. The net is wonky here today…much like our nation

sudsmckenzie August 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

Its Wisconsin, we all wear cheese heads.

Come here a minute August 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

Still not up to the Cheney standard — Paul Ryan doesn't do that thing where he looks at the heckler a certain way and they start choking and stop breathing.

TheGyrus August 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

He also hasn't shot anybody in the face, yet.

MosesInvests August 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

"You have failed me for the last time, Mr. President". Say, maybe that's what *really* happened in the Pretzel Incident!

BeefHardcake August 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

The Force Choke is totally a third-level Sith Lord special ability. He needs a few more Evil Experience Points first, then he can level up.

ChernobylSoup August 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

If there was no middle class, this type of shit wouldn't happen.

Romney/Ryan 2012

ibwilliamsi August 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

I see what you did there…

ChillBill August 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

The peasants are revolting!

HistoriCat August 14, 2012 at 10:02 am

I'll say – they stink on ice!

mavenmaven August 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

Heckle him now, but in a few years he will make the trains run on time and his troops will make sure you don't dare heckle him again.

Generation[redacted] August 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

Looks to me like the troops are already making sure we don't heckle him.

Chet Kincaid_ August 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

As Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, this is the one year anniversary of Mitt's flop at the very same event which produced the ineffable "corporations are people, my friend!" I salute the brave liberals of Iowa, who give excellent heckle! Which of you fuckers…?

Chichikovovich August 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

the ineffable "corporations are people, my friend!"

"Corporations are people" isn't ineffable. I say "Corporations are people? F' that!" all the time.

RadioBowels August 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

If only there were more of the 1% this wouldn't happen.

NorthStarSpanx August 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

Case in Point, from the Southampton Romney Fundraiser supporter In The Range Rover:

"We've got the message," she added. "But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who's got the right to vote — they don't understand what's going on. I just think if you're lower income — one, you're not as educated, two, they don't understand how it works, they don't understand how the systems work, they don't understand the impact."

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/romney-hamp

Goonemeritus August 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

How will Paul Ryan ever hear the voice of the voter if people refuse to shut up and listen to him?

HateMachine August 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

Come on, guys, just let him tell himself what voters want!

Oblios_Cap August 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

To be honest, he was just there to enjoy the fair, not be a participant in the democratic process.

LibertyLover August 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

Where's the picture of him eating a corndog? Isn't that a required photo op for the Repubs when they attend the fair?

BerkeleyBear August 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Yeah, but he has to be a public health nut or people will start dwelling on his family's uncomfortable relationship with the Grim Reaper.

I'm guessing that when/if he's not a rising star anymore, he'll look like Ben Stiller at the end of Dodge Ball (which I'm pretty sure borrowed the fat suit from Fat Bastard in Austin Powers and then covered it with doughnut crumbs and chicken fat).

Callyson August 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

he has to be a public health nut

Yet when Michelle Obama says anything at all about public health, the Reeps scream about the nanny state. IOKIYAR again…

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

There are people cheering for women getting taken out by the cops for asking questions about a politicians platform's? Oh hell….USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

randcoolcatdaddy August 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

So when are the olds going to be pelting him with empty prescription bottles?

DaniloTifoso August 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

All of them Katie!

(Wait, I screwed that up didn't i?)

LetUsBray August 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

In fairness, $15 to tell Ryan how much he sucks sounds like a pretty good deal.

HateMachine August 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

Yeah, but $15 and an arrest?

Oblios_Cap August 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

Who votes for these assholes?

freakishlywrong August 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

All those assholes yelling, inexplicably; "USA, USA"!

Chet Kincaid_ August 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

I thought that was ironic, but maybe I'm just naive.

Chet Kincaid_ August 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

That's not panty-throwing!

LetUsBray August 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

No, that's when he addresses the Beltway press.

thatsitfortheother1 August 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

Or the Boy Scouts.

BerkeleyBear August 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Specifically Bill Kristol.

frostbitefalls August 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

Here's this fun thing! https://twitter.com/PaulRyanGosling

elviouslyqueer August 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

Saaaaaaaaay… You know who else demanded to be respected?

Chichikovovich August 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

Fredo Corleone?

RadioBowels August 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

Rodney Dangerfield?

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

Aretha Franklin?

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

Damn you!

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

Now I'm hearing an echo too! Weird how its delayed by twenty minutes. The accustics in this place are strange!

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hey, I'm on my mobile in a meeting. Cut Baconz some slack.

BoatOfVelociraptors August 14, 2012 at 9:51 am

Dr. Frank-N-Furter?

MosesInvests August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

Eric Cartman?

ChillBill August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

Dubya, Mittens, and every Republitard with textbook-case daddy issues?

Estproph August 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

Me?

Incitefully_Joe August 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

Barack Obama? I mean, with infinitely more aplomb and cool, of course.

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

Aretha Franklin?

grandinquisitor August 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

My long-suffering boss?

mwittier August 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

Jan Brady?

elviouslyqueer August 14, 2012 at 11:21 am

Marcia Marcia Marcia LIBEL!

La_Cieca August 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm
Callyson August 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Offspring?

Oblios_Cap August 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

What kind of GOP VP candidate has that kind of trouble pre-screening their crowds? That didn't happen to $arah!

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

Why won't these mean ladies just shut the fuck up and let this nice man ruin America and send them all to re-education/debtors prisons? SO RUDE!

kittensdontlie August 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

Also, whatever happened to going to your own medicare-less death with diginity?!

ChernobylSoup August 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

Joe Biden was found hiding behind the corndog stand, handing out $20 bills to potential hecklers.

Generation[redacted] August 14, 2012 at 9:51 am

In the video, you don't see him making his escape in a 1978 Trans Am.

ChillBill August 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

That's what happens when you fuck with people's Medicare, Mikey blue eyes.

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

I would pay at least $30 for the chance to heckle this mofo.

HistoriCat August 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

I would mortgage my house to kick him in the crotch.

noodlesalad August 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

I heard Paul Ryan tried out for Jeopardy, because he's so smart. He didn't make it, only because the show's writers (HOLLYWOOD LIBRULS) didn't agree that "What are tax cuts for the wealthy?" and "What is destroying Medicare?" are the correct answers to every question.

ibwilliamsi August 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

I want to know how much they paid that black man to stand on the stage with him.

Dr_Zoidberg August 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

That's not a real black man. That's a Ryan staffer in blackface.

freakishlywrong August 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

He's so courageous and bold. Having 2 women haled away for talking mean to him.

Dr_Zoidberg August 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

You should see what he did to that guy who took his lunch money!

freakishlywrong August 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

hauled, stupid.

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

Don't ya just hate when women ask men questions about the cornerstone platform of their political career

ibwilliamsi August 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

Maybe if they tucked $5 bills into his khakis?

ChuckieJesus August 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

What would be playing over the speakers?

HateMachine August 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

C.R.E.A.M.

under_score August 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

I can't wait until he gets heckled in New Jersey. "They must not be from Wisconsin or…. uh, never mind" Reboot the pander script!

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

Sure are alotta cops taking out people from his rallys. Its kinda scary to be honest.

(This comment is 100% snark free)

freakishlywrong August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

I was thinking that last night watching this. It's very brownshirty.

ChuckieJesus August 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

After all, they could just yell their objections from that cage over there.

Tundra Grifter August 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

They are called "First Amendment Zones" because the First Amendment doesn't apply.

sbj1964 August 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

Old Joe Biden is going to kick the shit out of this Fucktard.Really?His one claim to fame is wanting to dismantle Medicare?WTF Mittens?

LetUsBray August 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

The look on Ryan's face when he realizes there are no cops to haul the veep away for questioning him will be priceless.

fuflans August 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

i made the mistake of responding to a troll on the economist about this very subject.

while it was an utterly worthless exchange, i did realize they seriously – seriously – think gaffey joe is stupid – and far worse – their randian cheese-bagger teatard is smarter than average.

i have yet to see the evidence of the latter and as for the former, they have absolutely no idea what they're in for.

(rubs hands in glee).

resolvedwaldron August 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

Why isn't he sucking on one those Iowan corn dogs?

SorosBot August 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

Someone this thin-skinned is exactly who we want a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

freakishlywrong August 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

No cawn. The asshole conservatives in the house (Ryan), couldn't get a farm bill through because some sane ones objected to defunding the SNAP program. (Not Ryan).

NorthStarSpanx August 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

Where's a jockeying citizen crowd control volunteer when you need 'em? Has Tim Profitt become a layabout?
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/26/pro

MacRaith August 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

Wait a minute. He's charging people to yell at him? That explains a lot – he's turned popular outrage into a profitable commodity. He gets paid every time he pisses people off. It's like he's printing his own money!

johnnyzhivago August 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

Paul who???

Can Romney fire him?

Chet Kincaid_ August 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

Paulie Dead-Eyes went weeping to Godfather Adelson about not getting a starring role. Next thing you know, Ann wakes up screaming next to Rafalca's head, and it's Romney/Ryan 2012.

Hera Sent Me August 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

When you see yourself as the Second Coming in wrath, you find dissent hard to take.

deanbooth August 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

Heckle / Jeckle 2012!

Tundra Grifter August 14, 2012 at 9:51 am

On a least a semi-serious note, on what grounds did the police remove those people? What law was broken? What crime did they commit?

Somehow, in Iowa, does Rep. Paul Ryan have the right to speak and they don't? It's obviously a political event. The whole right wing meme is that everyone has "political free speech" – including corporations, Super PACs and non-profits that just happen to spend all their money on campaigns, even though they aren't supposed to.

Why can't those people ask questions?

HistoriCat August 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

Disturbing the peace maybe. If you're not disturbing the peace before they grab you, you probably will be after they grab you.

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

Yelling at a fair? What do they do to the carnie barkers that want to guess your weight?

HistoriCat August 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

What do they do to the carnie barkers…?

Demand a percentage of course.

Tundra Grifter August 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

We have a good friend who works for a local citizens' review board of the police force. It's a classic cop move to be a bit rough when they first grab you. It's a natural reaction to pull back, twist, or otherwise react.

Bingo! Now they add "Resisting Arrest."

BerkeleyBear August 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Or you can go rigid. Or limp. Or you can not offer your arms up for handcuffing at just the right angle. Or a million other things.

Yep, resisting is pretty much a catchall. My favorite is when someone is only booked on resisting arrest – because without an underlying charge, what the fuck were the cops doing making the arrest? Those typically don't go to trial, shockingly enough.

StarsUponThars August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

I look forward to seeing nothing but that for the next 2-1/2 months.

Canmon August 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

I'm sick of the middle class. Pick a side already!

Misty Malarky August 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

Eyes…so blue! It's like looking into a smurf's anus.

-Jon Stewart 08/13/12

GorzoTheMighty August 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

Diamond Joe Biden will be wearing those blue eyes as cufflinks. Because of votes.

sudsmckenzie August 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

Deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want him to eat fried butter.

CrunchyKnee August 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

Can't we just have these things in, you know, quite rooms?

Guppy August 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

Paul Ryan was too polite and courteous to enlist in the military in 1990.

ChrisM2011 August 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

He's doing it wrong. Needs more Rand Paul sponsored face stomping….

MonkeyMotion August 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

Maybe he should just hold rallies at Chick-Fil-A's around the country…

ChuckieJesus August 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

What do you call a comedian that doesn't have any good comebacks for a heckler?

grandinquisitor August 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

Daniel Tosh?

An_Outhouse August 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

unemployed?

BlueStateLibel August 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

Paul Ryan looks like he's about to burst into flames any minute in that bright sunlight.

LibertyLover August 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

Ryan has elevated arresting old people to an Olympic event.

LibertyLover August 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

He just needs more cowbell.

pinkocommi August 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

It's the fucking smugness that makes Ryan so unlikable. And of course the blackened heart and total lack of compassion.

BerkeleyBear August 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I'm actually starting to think Romney is not just tone deaf, he thinks smug sounds great. How else to explain picking this ass, who I swear sounds like a slightly more nasal version of Mitt?

An_Outhouse August 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

$arah better renew her contract quick, there's some real competition waiting in the wings.

Amanwithnoplan August 14, 2012 at 11:44 am
owhatever August 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

This keeps up, Congresscritter Ryan is going to start thinking that some people don't like him.

NYNYNYjr August 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I've never heard Ryan speak extemporaneously before– in fact, I hate videos of candidates yabbering…but I just watched this: he's no Sarah Palin, or George W. He actually holds ideas in his head and can vocalize them…very interesting.

fuflans August 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

cheese bagging teatard is cheese bagging teatard.

Tricky_Dick August 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Ryan is an idiot…I'd F_ _ _ him though – kinda hot.

BZ1 August 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Nice group of thugs protecting the Ryan

ttommyunger August 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

"Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, Olds gotta heckle this clown 'fore they die,
Can't stop hating those Right Wing 'Tards"

HistoriCat August 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

Oh you're that guy! Pay attention when I'm talking to you damn it.

Baconzgood August 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Huh? I'm sorry I wasn't listening.

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