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Paul Ryan Mocks Unemployed Man, Then Ignores Him: VIDEO


This video was first posted on YouTube last month but is just now getting some traction.

The video, from 2011, shows one of the vice presidential candidate's constituents asking the Wisconsin Republican how he plans on bringing jobs back to America. Ryan first tells the man to visit his website, then offers him candy -- "No... I just need jobs," the man replied -- and then Mr. Ryan and his wife try to ignore the man until their staffers can shoo him away. Their plasticine smiles are the stuff of political legends.

Watch Ryan's display some of the right's compassionate conservatism AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. He knows how to quiet a whiny baby.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 27, 2012 12:24:45 PM

  2. No respect for Ryan, but I'd have mocked (and maybe punched) the whiny punk too. He's not making a good case against Ryan with his shallow arguments and whining.

    Posted by: Cheese With That.....? | Oct 27, 2012 1:06:14 PM



    Posted by: Louis | Oct 27, 2012 1:23:33 PM

  4. Congressman Ryan is a public servant. It is his duty to serve his constituents. The man had a perfect opportunity to ask him questions. And he should. Getting an appointment with the Congressman is highly unlikely, the man didn't have money to contribute. These are tough times and politicians need to be held accountable to the people they serve.

    Posted by: Andy | Oct 27, 2012 2:17:44 PM

  5. The kid asked what the difference was between Ryan's plan and the Bush policies. I believe he did get an answer, there is no difference.

    And he asked if Americans should work for a dollar an hour, and again I believe he did get answer, yes they should.

    Posted by: silence is eloquent | Oct 27, 2012 3:04:58 PM

  6. the guy was whining, but PR came off as smug and rude. I think he's a total closet case.

    Posted by: mattsy | Oct 27, 2012 3:56:53 PM

  7. They thought he was a "gotcha" for the democrats.

    Posted by: gb | Oct 27, 2012 4:15:06 PM

  8. Marie Ryanette says : "Let them eat candy!"

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 27, 2012 5:02:34 PM

  9. His wife has to control him now but the money masters will control what he says later. Another puppet for the puppet masters.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 27, 2012 5:06:37 PM

  10. This is why I would never consider voting Romney/Ryan...ever!

    Posted by: Garst | Oct 27, 2012 5:09:26 PM

  11. He and Romney are rich! They do not need to care, they have theirs!

    Posted by: billmiller | Oct 27, 2012 5:34:19 PM

  12. Unbelievable! The right wing jerks who have nothing better to do than dismiss someone who is unemployed and probably desperate and asking HIS congressman a question! The GOP'ers on here:

    He's whiny. He deserved it.

    You people pretend to be all about family values and the bible. Jesus would be so angry at you pathetic excuses for humans. You have lost all humanity and think about only the almighty dollar. What would your Lord think about that?

    This video really needs to be in an Obama ad now.

    @SAYWHAT: your disgusting. Typical Republican childish deflection. Sad.

    Posted by: WOW | Oct 27, 2012 6:18:55 PM

  13. Shocking just shocking Ryan has not heart! But to be fair to him the guy was a bit whiny...

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 27, 2012 8:11:16 PM

  14. Wow, the amount of GOP trolls on this post are staggering. Romney/Ryan must be desperate. Obama will probably win re-election, but not if we don't support him. Don't be complacent. Vote.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 27, 2012 8:57:56 PM

  15. How dare he speak to Paul Ryan. Ryan is upper class. The whiny peasant has no right. Let him eat candy!

    - Romney/Ryan voter.

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 27, 2012 10:59:12 PM

  16. For Representative Ryan to be part of a Labor Day parade is a rude action in itself.

    For his dismissal of a constituent, who may have a tenor's voice some call 'whiney' rather than 'desperate,' with a serious, substantive question, the prior analogies to Marie Antoinette are spot on.

    Posted by: Sherfdog | Oct 28, 2012 3:05:16 AM

  17. @scott: Obama is unfortunately the president. He "presides" over stuff, like, I don't know, his administration. And, golly, he's (unfortunately for the US armed forces) commander-in-chief of the US armed forces.. conveniently forgot that part didn't you, sunshine. The buck stops with him. You wanna pull the time-honored and OH-so-predictable stunt of taking the spotlight off of our community organizer-in-chief and shining it on former idiot-in-chief dubya?

    Ok, how about when US forces had Bin Laden in the cross hairs and Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton did...nothing?

    Posted by: SAYWHAT | Oct 28, 2012 8:56:42 AM

  18. There is no Republican alive with the balls of Obama.

    Put Leon Pannetta, Hilary and Obama together and business gets done.

    Posted by: look at the record | Oct 28, 2012 1:39:33 PM

  19. Remember people this is how republicans feel about you and your concerns, you won't even get asked do you want candy. The political class don't pay attention if there isn't money attached.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Oct 28, 2012 7:39:59 PM

  20. He doesn't seem to be getting any more respectful of his audiences.

    Here's video of some (mild) snark Ryan dished out to a CUB SCOUT last week in Iowa:


    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Oct 28, 2012 9:19:22 PM

  21. Maybe the guy was just an out-of-work actor, but, sheez, if so, and that's what Ryan seemed to think, it was a great chance for Ryan to act like he has compassion and give the guy the benefit of doubt and look like decent human being. Instead, Ryan has no idea what that would look like, being a decent human being; he's just a snotty little sociopathic prick.

    Really. It takes about ten seconds to say something hopeful to a downtrodden constituent. Why is this guy in politics?

    Posted by: NealB | Oct 28, 2012 11:41:37 PM

  22. @SAYWHAT: oh, you mean George "getting Bin Laden isn't important" Bush?

    Do you wanna stop pulling the time-honored and OH-so-predictable stunt of taking the spotlight off of your former idiot-in-chief's failings by bringing up Clinton? You guys need to get over it...he had a blowjob. Let it go.

    You really need to get the chip off your shoulder sunshine.

    Posted by: WOW | Oct 29, 2012 12:47:12 AM

  23. [ having problems posting this for some reason

    With respect to George and Bill's comment (not me - a different person with the same name), the kid was not "grandstanding" or "being disrespectful". Rather, he wanted answers to questions about policies that directly impacted his life.

    That Ryan came across as a total jerk reflects what Ryan is. Offering someone "candy" when that person is probably having severe economic problems and is desperate? That's up there with Marie Antoinette's "let them eat cake" (even though the general consensus is that someone made that story up).

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 29, 2012 1:57:57 AM

  24. Ryan was completely wrong, no matter how anybody here (who obviously wasn't there in person) tries to speculate, or guess, or simply spin how the guy asking a legitimate question of one of his elected officials during what most of us agree is a pretty tough time in our nation's history, particularly when it comes to jobs! Rather than talk down to the guy, or ignore him, a real leader would have listened and perhaps even tried to prop up that young mans hope with an encouraging coach-like pep talk about what specifically the leader would do if he become a VP! Anything less is simply unAmerican...

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 30, 2012 5:18:51 PM

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