Skip to comments.Romney Names Ryan As His Vice President. Now Instead of Probably Losing, He’ll Definitely Lose
Posted on 08/11/2012 6:42:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt Romney, the human weather vane who always know which way the wind is blowing (from the right), had been looking for a boring white guy to be his running mate.
The right wing mounted a very public campaign to pressure him to choose Rep. Paul Ryan, author of the GOP budget plan that Democrats have successfully used as a truncheon. And Romney did what he does best: he caved.
Or, perhaps more charitably, Romney realized that he was playing a losing hand and needed a joker.
Youd be forgiven if you think youve heard this all before: John McCain couldnt choose whom he wanted in 2008 (Joe Lieberman), because the right wing would never forgive him. Instead, he went for, yes, a game changer in Sarah Palin. And it did change the gamefor the worse: After a brief flurry of enthusiasm from the base, it became clear that the main effect of the choice of Palin was to ensure full employment for Tina Fey.
Romneys choice was meant to signal that he truly believes in Ryans budget plan, which would effectively eliminate federal spending on everything from the FBI to Smokey the Bearexcept, of course, for the Defense Department.
What it really signaled was that Romney is still desperate to prove his conservative credentials to the GOP base, which has never really trusted him. He hasnt the confidenceor perhaps the coreto run as his own candidate. Instead, he chose to run as Paul Ryans candidate. You have to wonder how President Romney would govern, given his willingness to bend in any direction if it suits his immediate purposes. One thing would be certain: he wouldnt do anything to anger the partys right wing. (You also have to wonder how Vice President Ryan would put up with the invisibility that is the officeholders lot.)
As for Rep. Ryan, hes garnered a reputation as a serious thinker, largely from journalists who seem to believe that anyone who understands the budget must be, even if his proposal would account for the largest redistribution of wealth upwards in U.S. history.
Journalists who understand Ryan know that hes reshaped the Republican party in his own image, forcing the GOP to play a losing game on topics like privatizing Social Security and the debt-ceiling debacle.
Ryans own belief system is based on that of Ayn Rand, the crackpot philosopher of unbridled capitalism who believed that the rich are morally superior beings whom the government (and the poor) are trying to destroy. If you take that as your starting point, its not hard to get to the Ryan budget plan. In fact, even Catholic bishops, who are essentially Republicans in clerical garb, felt the need to criticize Ryans plan as an attack on the poor. As a Catholic, Ryan seemed stung by the criticism, even though Objectivism is as anti-religion as Marxism.
Ryan has built his career on numbers, so he hasnt been so visible on social issues. Still, hes a reliable anti-gay vote. He supported a constitutional amendment to restrict marriage to opposite sex couples, as well as a ban on gay adoptions in Washington, DC. He also opposed the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
Ryans enough of a fellow traveler that the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and the Faith and Freedom Coalition all issued statements of praise.
So what does Romney get by choosing Ryan? An ecstatic right wingand an ecstatic Democratic party. In choosing Ryan, Romney has given the Democrats a gift of immense proportion: The chance to make the campaign a referendum on Ryans budget proposal instead of Obamas economic performance. Combined with the existing meme about Romneys wealth and taxes (or relative absence thereof), this is a potent theme for Democrats.
For hardcore fans of Ryan, this is exactly the debate that they want to have. For GOP strategists who would prefer to win, this is exactly the debate they dont want to have, because Ryans plan polls dismally with the public.
Now the election is no longer about President Obamas economic plan, but about what the alternative might look like. If you like the alternative, youre thrilledbut not many people do.
Plus, we have yet to have the discussion about whether a Congressman from Wisconsin with limited foreign-policy credentials is really qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. The last member of the House to be elected vice president was John Nance Garner, who was on the ticket with FDR. Usually, the choice smacks of desperation. The number of House members who lost their VP bid include Geraldine Ferraro and Bill Miller.
Its hard to imagine that Romney wants to follow in the electoral footsteps of Walter Mondale and Barry Goldwater. But hes just taken a giant leap in that direction.
LOL @ the right wing wanted Paul Ryan. Who writes this crap?
We don’t “believe” the government is trying to destroy producers, we KNOW they are. All the way down to a kid’s lemonade stand.
Have heard this Rand stuff a lot today. Just because he likes some aspects of her books doesn’t make him a full-blown Objectivist. He religion and other ideas would frankly show he is not.
I hate Objectivism. But Rand isn’t completely wrong and has some good ideas despite taking them too far.
Actually I think Ryan’s a good choice for Romney. He’s publicly acknowledging he needs conservatives to win. Now if he can just keep that thought in his flighty little head for the next five years, he’ll be OK.
“If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had some ice cream!” — Mitt Romney
Keep the delusion going Democrats. It’ll only hurt more in November.
I read as far as this bit of idiocy.
This article needs a barf alert.
In this instance, the same crowd that thought Chick-fil-A was done for a couple of weeks ago.
This dirt burglar fails to realize that there’s a very large segment of this country that would vote for Chuckles the Clown over Comrade Obama.
Queerty seems awfully unhappy about their prediction that Romeny-Ryan will lose. Hmmm. I think their general state of panic outweighs the words they are saying. They know Romney has gone from probably going to win to definitely going to win. Remember — they always say the opposite of what they believe in an effort to deceive the gullible.
OK by me!
Long as DoD gets back into the border protection biz...
If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had some ice cream! Mitt Romney
You’re pulling our leg aren’t you? Or are you. In any case, a gret line.
Chuckles, the Clown ???? Heck, I’d vote for Chuckles, the candy bar over nobama.
Fellow traveler. Gee, I know I've heard that phrase before. I wonder what the origin of it is.
Make that “a great line”.
I never heard of the writer, but it obviously for good reason. He’s a moron.
Rand was excellent when it came to the role of government, she went off the rails when it came to how to personally life. She had more sense than all liberals on the role of government.
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