by Max Brantley
It's Saturday night and the open line is live. Final words are dominated by Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's FU to working people:
* 1ST DISTRICT'S ELLINGTON CHALLENGES REP. RICK CRAWFORD: Democratic congressional candidate Scott Ellington goes on the attack against incumbent Rep. Rick Crawford on the Ryan pick. And why not? Does Crawford really support the Ryan budget, with the devastation it would visit on the middle class and lower income workers? Said Ellington:
The Paul Ryan budget was called ‘right wing social engineering’ by none other than Newt Gingrich because it pays for additional tax breaks for billionaires by ending Medicare’s guaranteed coverage, investments in agriculture and farmers, schools and education and our nation’s veterans and their families. How can small businessmen, entrepreneurs, farmers and workers prosper again with Washington knocking out the legs of recovery? We can’t.
* MUST READ ON PAUL RYAN: Get to know this radical candidate. Start with this great piece in The New Republic on six important things to know about Ryan.
Many millions of working-age Americans would lose health insurance. Senior citizens would anguish over whether to pay their rent or their medical bills, in a way they haven’t since the 1960s. Government would be so starved of resources that, by 2050, it wouldn’t have enough money for core functions like food inspections and highway maintenance. And the richest Americans would get a huge tax cut.
This is the America that Paul Ryan envisions. And now we know that it is the America Mitt Romney envisions.
It's all there. The devastation of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The devastation of most federal spending except defense. A transfer of more wealth to the already wealthy. A total extremist on abortion rights. He'd prosecute women who had abortions. He'd provide no exception for health of the mother in late term abortions. He'd define life so early it would outlaw IUDs and some forms of birth control pills. He's an extremist, like most of his Republican brethren, particularly those in Arkansas. Do voters want that? If they don't know any better — plus the president being a black Muslim and all — it doesn't matter.
* DROWNING: The Pulaski sheriff said Cody Smalling, 19, of North Little Rock, apparently drowned in the Jeffery Stone Quarry, North Little Rock, shortly after midnight last night while out with a group of young men swimming and drinking on the private property. The report says Smalling didn't come up after being pushed off a cliff into the water. Divers found his body several hours later. Others in the group were cited for trespassing and the investigation will continue abouot how Smalling wound up in the water.
* OCT. 13, MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Indulge me. My secret passion is McNeese State U. college football. I grew up in Lake Charles, La. My dad was a member of then-McNeese J.C.'s first graduating class. His best friend, still motoring at 91, was a Cowboy halfback. My dad and I drove all over Louisiana and other states to follow the Cowboys and the heroics of people like Don Breaux and Tom Sestak. So I'm thrilled at news McNeese is talking about providing a home for the Honey Badger, LSU's all-American Tyrann Mathieu, tossed off the Tigers for a widely presumed indulgence in the herb that isn't the congressional candidate. McNeese has made a home for other outlaws. It IS all about helping student athletes, isn't it? If Mathieu enrolls, I might have to make a road trip home for some boudin, head cheese and college football when the UCA Bears head to SWLA in October.