Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thoughts on Romney-Ryan

I like the pick.  Some quick, random thoughts on Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his VP candidate:
  • Ryan is a substantive guy.  He is well-versed in the issues, particularly the economic and budget issues which are a focus of Romney’s case against President Obama.  He reinforces the campaign’s message, which is what a VP pick should do.
  • The Obama campaign is eager to attack Ryan (and Romney by extension) for his budget and entitlement reform plans.  I’m sure the Obama superPAC is already lining up the “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to murder senior citizens” attack ads.  But if this turns the campaign to a discussion of budget priorities and who has a substantive economic plan, rather than tax returns and Bain, I’m ok with that.
  • Ryan does not back down, even when a President is criticizing him to his face.
  • Ryan is someone who appeals to the Republican base, but cannot be dismissed by the Left and the media as an extremist or ‘not ready for primetime.’  With all due respect to Sarah Palin, this will not be like 2008.
  • The only thing I don’t like about the pick is that, should Romney-Ryan lose, the Republican Party will also have lost Ryan’s voice and leadership from Congress (at least for now). 
  • Ryan is a Catholic, meaning the two major-party tickets consist of a Christian (of unclear denomination), a Mormon and two Catholics.  I don’t know what that means (if anything), but I find it interesting.  (Please correct me if I’m wrong about Obama’s Christian denomination being unknown).   
  • On a shallow note, what a handsome ticket they make!


  1. Ryan has the ability to articulate dry and difficult material to us ordinary mortals. He speaks well from his core of beliefs, and does not merely recite talking points. He appears to be 'unflappable.'
    ....I cannot wait to see him debate Biden!

  2. The pick is clever genius on Romney's part.

    First, as you mentioned above, the Left can't paint Ryan with the same smear brush as they did with Sarah Palin because Ryan is measured, knows precisely what he's talking about and can express what he knows to the public in a concise manner.

    Second, Romney knew that back in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin, there was a little matter of a recall election against a popular governor. That recall election failed miserably, even after it was bankrolled by the unions, the ignorant intelligensia, the hard-left, and elite hacks. Even though in public the Left has already declared Obama a winner of a second term, in private they are begging, pleading and crying that they replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton, because Ryan will wipe the floor with Biden in a debate.


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