The warnings I issued then are certainly valid today, as he is announced as Mitt Romney running mate in 2012:
When Sarah Palin came on the scene with her speech at the Republican convention - a brilliant speech, plainly spoken and charming - the hate machine was confused for a moment, like a remote-control car getting static thru the antenna.
And then it did what it does best: Went full-throttle into "hate at high speed" mode, smearing Ms. Palin with every slur imaginable, logic and truth be damned, in the hope that some of it would stick.
And what, pray tell, does this have to do with Rep. Paul Ryan's upcoming State of the Union response? Well, he's going to come across as a youngish, non-threatening, likable gentleman who has a handle on facts and figures, and a plan on how to use them to take the nation in a positive direction.
So he must be destroyed. Palinized. Or at the very least, Hitlerized.
It has begun...
Brace for a "dark" vision of America when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivers the GOP response to the State of the Union, a Democratic colleague of Ryan's on President Obama's fiscal commission warned Monday.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a member of the bipartisan, 18-member commission, said her experience with Ryan over the past year made her worry about his response to the president on Tuesday night.
"I served with Rep. Ryan on the 18 member Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and learned firsthand from the personally congenial Ryan just how dark his vision of America's future is for all but the super-rich," Schakowsky wrote in a blog for the Huffington Post.
"A dark vision" - you know, just like Hitler had for Europe, or Sauron had for Middle Earth, or Lucifer has for the entire universe.
It will likely happen a little faster this time, as Paul Ryan is less of an unknown than Sarah Palin was, and the media is a bit more panicked now than they were in 2008. Expect the hate by the 5PM news tonight - latest.
But perhaps the fact that Ryan is less of an unknown will benefit him. The Democrats may have created ads showing Ryan pushing Grandma off a cliff, but the 65+ bunch seem to love him:
And so do the ladies:
Best of all: Obama hates his guts, and Ryan's presence on the ticket will goad him into unforced errors. Read here: Why Obama hates Paul Ryan: A left-wing extremist can't compete intellectually with a voice of reason.
Oh, Lord this is gonna be fun...