SWITCHING SIDES

Perry V. Schwarzenegger Lawyer Ted Olson Preps Paul Ryan For VP Debates

Attorney Ted Olson won the gratitude of millions of LGBT Americans when he successfully overturned Proposition 8 with co-counsel David Boies. But he won’t be invited to any Pride parades for his latest gig: Prepping Republican vice-presidential hopeful Paul Ryan in his upcoming debate with Joe Biden.

It’s hardly Olsen’s first dip in GOP waters—he defended President Ronald Reagan during the Iran-Contra scandal and successfully argued Bush v. Gore before the Supreme Court, enabling George W. Bush to become our 43rd president.

“Joe Biden has been in elected office for more than 40 years,” said Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck. “There are few people in politics with more experience debating the issues than Joe Biden, so we are taking this process seriously. Mr. Olson is one of the most skilled, intelligent, and successful litigators in America – just the kind of opponent needed to prepare the Congressman for Mr. Biden.”

Given Joltin’ Joe’s penchant for oratory faux pas, maybe the GOP should have lined up someone else to prepare Ryan for his opponent. We were thinking Charlie Sheen.

Photo: David Shankbone, U.S. Congress