We are gonna miss this guy.

The New York Times reported that Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan “blamed Democratic turnout in ‘urban areas’ for the loss by the Republican presidential ticket last week.  In particular, he said that “The surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”

Ryan specifically pointed to what he claimed was surprising turnout in urban areas in Virginia and Ohio.

Why was he surprised?  At least in Ohio, turnout in the major urban counties appears to have been lower than in 2008.

  • In Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Democratic votes decreased form 458,000 to 421,000.
  • In Hamilton County (Cincinnati), Democratic votes decreased from 225,000 to 219,000.
  • In Franklin County (Columbus), Democcatic vites decreased form 335,000 to 326,000.

So, no.  It wasn’t a bigger than expected turnout in urban areas that led to President Obama’s victory.  The problem for Ryan really was,  as we suggested earlier, that the Republicans seems to have hit a ceiling in the number of voters than can turn out.

And, as others have suggested,  Romney also lost predominately rural states like Iowa and New Hampshire.  This explains why Ryan, who likely still wants to run for President one day, is looking to shift the blame for the loss to someone else.

Maybe the truth is that people just rejected the perpetually truth-challenged Republican ticket.

  • There’s still thousands of provisional and absentee ballots out from these 3 counties…Jim, Columbus

  • JLM452

    Astounding blindness or maybe simple idiocy on the part of Ryan. It wasn’t the electorate’s rejection of Ryan’s policies, it was those pesky “urban” areas. If this doesn’t shine a light on the true mindset of this GOP golden boy, I don’t know what can. The denial on Ryan’s part clearly illustrates the alternate reality in which he resides. Anyone who still supports this little clown and his ideas is a pathetic moron beyond help.

  • dmoore2222

    Indeed. Neither he nor Romney carried their home states. But denial is a much cosier place than reality so it’s not surprising L’il Paul likes it there. And by the way, weren’t he and Boehner and McConnell and Cantor and most other republicans all part of the spending and budget problems to begin with? As Bill Clinton pointed out, “it takes a lot of brass to accuse someone else of doing what you did.”

  • John W.

    That would imply that Romney/Ryan lost by an even greater margin than is currently on record!

  • JLM452

    How can we miss him if the little prick doesn’t shut up and go away? Now he’s claiming that the President doesn’t have a mandate and that his(Ryan’s) policies are sound and that Americans like them. It’s the same as with Palin. The media keeps sticking a microphone in his face.

  • dmoore2222

    Well said. But he’s the whitest guy the republicans have who still has any blood circulation so he’s there best hope. I think they may have figured out McConnell’s scary face just won’t do it. I loved it when Tina Fey came out and said “if I hear another grey-faced white man tell me what to do with my body I’m gonna explode” or something of that nature. As far as the media goes, L’il Paul will be low hanging fruit, at least until he gets booted out by his own voters next election, who will keep them busy. Personally, now that the election is sealed, I love watching this frat boy implode. The upcoming negotiations should really show his frailty. Obama will swallow him whole.

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