Before Paul Ryan was pinned as an “extreme” and “radical” ideologue, Democrats actually kind of liked the guy.

Several clips of prominent Democrats — including President Obama — praising Ryan have surged through the Internet in the days since Mitt Romney tapped the Wisconsin congressman as his running mate. They once called his ideas “serious” and “honest,” which is not what the Obama campaign and its affiliates are saying about him now.

Arguably the most robust praise came from Erskine Bowles, the White House chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton who recently co-chaired President Obama’s deficit-reduction committee.

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