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.
Are you gay—not that there is anything wrong with that?
November 6th is going to be extremely disappointing for them.
Did you seriously just ask me that?
Even though queers are “funny” (pardon the pun), their drivel is more insane then funny!
Yeah...I guess there would be a lot more ex-political writers on food stamps if there wasn’t a market for crap like this....
Because I’m supposed to listen to a guy from a place called... Queerty?
John Gallagher, not biased in the least!
Why didn’t you warn us that link was to a Gay site?!
I would vote for Elmer Fudd before I would vote for Obama.
Fox has had dem spinners on all day. Their spiel is grating, but their eyes don't lie, they don't know if that “wet feeling” is collective pantpissing or the waves splashing up on the deck of the sinking ship Nobama.
The name “Queerty” didn’t alert you? I post threads from regular news sites, blogs of all kinds, black and hispanic newspapers, gay sites (especially Chick-fil-A related), foreign press, slightly left & right wing, extremely left and right wing, moderate, libertarian, conservative, local and national websites. Take a look sometime.
Never heard of Gallagher?
I like Paul Ryan a lot. He has sound, well thought out ideas to fix the economy, shore up medicare and stabilize social security. Ryan is a true conservative with strong, moral beliefs.
Romneys choice shows his capacity to understand what is really needed to turn American around. Ryan is someone who can help Romney govern and be a strong conservative advocate in the administration when the chips are down. This pick shows that Romney isnt half as bad as his detractors attempt to portray him.
November couldnt come soon enough for me.
I was afraid he was going to pick John Huntsman or Chris Christie. - Oh, and Joe Blubberman and McCain . . please. . . woulda, coulda, shoulda as Histeria Clinton once said. Palin was the ONLY bright spot in McCain’s campaign; she was savaged by the Obamamedia, but can now laugh all the way to the bank and more power to her. - Katie “Bump & Grind” Couric, who dat?
I thought it was Qwerty like the top row of keys on the keypad.
the entire election will be based on the economy and Ryan is an EXPERT on the economy. He is also well versed on the other issues facing this country but his wisdom on things finamcial will assure Romney of a victory. Just as an aside, Ryan ate up Obama in a one on one face off some time ago!!! We'll be just fine with him
Got a link?
Of course, the libs were not expected to be jubilant about Ryan’s selection. What we are/will be hearing from them about Ryan is the opposite of what they really think and believe about Ryan and the Romney ticket.
It’s going to be fun reading between their lines hehe...
This article is pure BS. But I love it! I am feeling giddy today and don’t give a flying crap what anyone who is against team R and R has to say.
except actually being gay
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