Since 1900, nearly two-thirds of all US presidential cabinet members have been certified frat boys. (And since 1825, all but three presidents have been bros.) So it was always more likely than not that Mitt Romney would tap an ex-frat house dweller as his running mate.
Ryan was a "Delt who [had a fondness for] turtlenecks," as CNN described his college years. "Pretty damn cool to say that a VP candidate was raging in the same fraternity house as me 20 years ago," tweeted one Miami undergrad.
In 2004, Ryan won Delta Tau Delta's coveted Alumni Achievement Award.
2. The congressman raked in the campaign cash from Fraternity and Sorority PAC: Between 2006 and 2010, FSPAC contributed nearly $25,000 to the Ryan campaign. In return, Ryan backed three pieces of legislation that would have created tax loopholes for the development and expansion of Greek housing at college campuses. For all that effort and cash, none of the three bills were signed into law. (FSPAC did not respond to requests for comment.)
You didn't build that, bro.Digital Collections/Flickr3. Paul Ryan is in the pocket of Big Keg Stand: The Wisconsin Republican swims in beer money. Since 1998, Ryan has taken in $75,000 from the National Beer Wholesalers Association, a trade group that reps over 3,000 American beer distributors (and has the licensed beverage industry's largest PAC). In that decade and a half, Ryan co-sponsored five pieces of (again, unsuccessful) legislation to slash taxes for brewers, distilleries, and consumers (national health epidemic and car crash/pedestrian injury/fist-fight/assault rate-spike be damned).
Something on which the regulatory burden of government has weighed for far too long.Wikimedia Commons
Case in point.YouTube (h/t the New York Daily News)He also terrorizes fish and live game in the spare time he's not engaged in hard-right budget wonkery. From a New York Times profile, April 2012:
For fun, Mr. Ryan noodles catfish, catching them barehanded with a fist down their throats…"They come up on your hand, and you just squeeze wherever you are in that fish and pull it out," he said with a shrug, bragging about the 40-pounder he landed two seasons ago. "I know it sounds a little crazy, but it's really exhilarating."
Yeah, imagine this man—but splattered with noodled-out fish entrails.love4utah/Flickr
6. Ryan was a walking high-school stereotype: The guy was a soccer star, student council chief executive, and prom king.
You know the perception folks have about dudes in fraternities: That they suck down expensive cigars by the case, vote Republican, and only chase after the thin, blonde, white, right-wing, pretty girls?
Leaving a bar because it isn't blonde enough. #TFM
For the record, Paul Ryan's wife Janna is blonde, thin, conservative, white, and a former cigar lobbyist:
Chris Wilson/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/ZUMA Press
To top things off, Ryan proposed to her at one of his favorite fishing spots: Big St. Germain Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin. (The happy couple have been known to kill wildlife together, side-by-side.)