UCOW: Joan Walsh Claims that Paul Ryan Part of “Irish Mafia”

We are bringing back the Ugly Comment of the Week. This weekly feature had grown a bit depressing in the past and it was retired. But since the selection Paul Ryan as Mitt’s veep will, no doubt, bring out the shrieking harpies and full-on freak-out mode of some of our most esteemed “journalists,” it seems that we will have no shortage of ugly comments from now until November. I wouldn’t normally make such a post on a Monday but I think that Salon’s Joan Walsh will be hard to top this week.


Paul Ryan was born into a well-to-do Janesville, Wisc. family, part of the so-called “Irish mafia” that’s run the city’s construction industry since the 19th century.

Irish Mafia? Now that the How did that escape Romney’s vetting?
Walsh Continues:

When his lawyer father died young, sadly, the high-school aged Ryan received Social Security survivor benefits.
[ed. Not sure from the context here if father died sadly or if it was unfortunate that Ryan received survivor benefits]

But they didn’t go directly to supporting his family; by his own account, he banked them for college.
[ed. Gasp. The high school aged Ryan saved the money for college.]

He went to Miami University of Ohio, paying twice as much tuition as an Ohio resident would have; the in-state University of Wisconsin system (which I attended) apparently wasn’t good enough for Ryan.

[ed. What an elitist this Paul Ryan is. Miami of Ohio is like the Yale of Butler County, Ohio. Perhaps Ryan saw the results of the U of W system in Joan Walsh and made a hasty escape. ]

After his government-subsidized out-of-state education, [ed. Ryan is a hypocrite because he did not stay in Wisconsin and have his education further subsidized by paying in-state tuition] the pride of Janesville left college and went to work for government, where he’s spent his entire career, first serving Republican legislators and then in his own Congressional seat, with occasional stints at his [ed Irish Mafia] family-owned construction business when he needed a job (reportedly he also drove an Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile for a while)
[ed. Tee Hee Wiener Mobile. Note to Ms. Walsh: Elitist mockery is never a good strategy when you look like this:]


Apologies for the pic.  Birthday girl coming up.