I’m getting texts and messages asking what I think of the selection of Paul Ryan by Mitt Romney to be his running mate. So here are my condensed thoughts. (Well, as condensed as I ever get, which isn’t very condensed.)
I like Ryan in general. He obviously a family guy, talks the conservative talk, understands sound economic policy, is extremely smart and will be able to eviscerate Biden in the debates on a level that has the potential to as epic as it will be historic.
That said, in typical establishment Republican fashion, Romney blew a great opportunity in his selection. Here’s why I think so…
1. Could you find two MORE stereotypical Republicans to run in a country that is teeming with diversity? As some predicted, Romney played it safe and picked a boring white guy. No real risk, not even a nod toward minorities, not one step out of his whitebread box.
2. Can you think of anyone, ANYONE who is more likely to vote for Romney because he selected Ryan to run with him? Face it, he brings nothing to the ticket except he won’t be an embarrassment and he’s smart. But so are a lot of other of the front-runners he was allegedly considering (except for Christie who is a loose cannon.)
3. Ryan is not going to be of any significant help in any of the swing states and he’s likely to impact the Florida race negatively as the scorched-earth, thuggery of Obama’s campaign paint him as dumping Senior Citizens over the cliff (they already have the commercial.) The retired condo commandos of South Florida are going to be so worked up by the rhetoric that they will be waiting in line for the polls to open like junior high girls at a Justin Beiber concert. Republicans cannot win the White House unless they carry Florida, Ohio and Virginia –Romney is behind in all three states and Ryan’s name on the ticket isn’t going to move the meter forward and likely down in Florida.
4. Ryan would be misplaced in the Vice-Presidency. What do VP’s do? Mostly go to funerals, make speeches and stay in the shadows (unless your name is Joe Biden, then you got to strut around in full pomposity saying things so stupid that the only thing preventing the main-stream media from turning him into Dan Quayle’s younger brother is the sheer weight of their pro-Obama bias.) Ryan would have been an EXCELLENT choice for Budget Director or Secretary of the Treasury or Chief of Staff or Secretary of Commerce. He will be wasted in the VP’s office.
There are a few more minor reasons I would add if I had more time, but that is enough to explain my lack of enthusiasm. For months I’ve been handicapping the race at 60/40 Obama wins reelection. Ryan does nothing to chain that number in MY mind.
Who would I have chosen? Marco Rubio. At least he’s likely to be the Republican nominee is 2016 if my prediction is correct and Romney loses. But by then, there may not be a country left. (Yep, Obama’s THAT bad.)