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  •  Irish people do not like Lyin' Ryan. (4+ / 0-)

    Paul Ryan's charms fall flat in Irish homeland

    Obama struck public relations gold last year by sharing a Guinness with a distant cousin in the village of Moneygall after an amateur genealogist traced his ancestors there. Pictures of cheering Irish crowds were beamed across the United States.

    But 100 kilometers (60 miles) down the road, Ryan's ancestral hometown is feeling the cold shoulder and like Ireland as a whole, most of the locals are rooting for his Democratic presidential rivals.

    "He doesn't have the charisma, he hasn't connected with the people," said Pat Nolan as he strolled passed the 13th century stone church in the village of Graiguenamanagh where Ryan's great-great grandparents were married.

    The Wisconsin congressman has not endeared himself to his kin by holding their country up as a cautionary tale of bad practice.

    Ryan's web site refers to Ireland 11 times, eight as an example of the economic doom facing the United States if it doesn't address its budget deficit and three as a rival to the Cayman Islands as a tax haven threatening American jobs.

    When Ryan told a crowd in his home state how his great grandfather had fled the Irish potato famine with just the shirt on his back, the crowd lapped it up.

    But an Irish historian of the famine, John Kelly, rebuked him days later for espousing a laissez faire economic philosophy he said was strikingly similar to that of British policymakers whom many in Ireland blame for the deaths of millions.

    Very wise people, the Irish. The death of millions would be what Paul Ryan would call "a good start".

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 04:44:19 PM PDT

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