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Romney 2.0: The Paul Ryan Effect
Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2012 | David Malcom

Posted on 08/18/2012 6:46:08 AM PDT by Kaslin

Mitt Romney’s choice of Republican Congressman and budget guru Paul Ryan as his running mate has profoundly altered the presidential race. In selecting the wonkish, articulate Ryan, Mitt Romney has enhanced his campaign, and thereby his chances of winning the presidency, by arming the GOP ticket with an eloquent mouthpiece whose bold policy prescriptions strengthen Romney’s campaign with a reform-minded seriousness the Obama-Biden ticket simply cannot match.

Not surprisingly, even though Ryan has been Romney’s running mate for less than a week, the polls already reflect Americans’ buoyed confidence in the Romney-Ryan combo. Both Gallup and Rasmussen had Romney up by two in polls released days after Ryan’s announcement. Romney has also gained ground in some key swing state polls.

From a policy standpoint, the Ryan choice resolved all questions regarding Romney’s positions on the most important issues (economic) this election. By choosing Ryan, Romney has unabashedly affiliated himself with the reform wing of the GOP, put to rest any lingering doubts about his conservative bona fides, and appropriated for his cause a man whose bold ideas and able public defense of them call to mind the party’s best days when good policy intersected with good politics, e.g. Reagan’s defense buildup, 1990s welfare reform, Bush’s tax cuts, etc.

Importantly, on a broader political level, Romney’s choice ensures 2012 will not be a repeat of 2008, when a lack of planning and serious forethought gave way to a shotgun Republican vice presidential selection based not on policy substance or fitness for office, but on an urgent need to reinvigorate a lackluster campaign. The results speak for themselves.

In complete contrast here, after prevailing in the Republican primaries and polling evenly with Obama even before choosing Ryan, Romney chose Ryan from a position of surging political strength. And by choosing Ryan, the Romney campaign has fueled the momentum it gained from the primaries, and it is now poised to build on that strength towards the general election. Indeed, watching the energetic, youthful Ryan campaign in Colorado following his selection reveals just how much heft the campaign has gained in just a short period of time. His smile and charisma call to mind a great Democratic politician who captured the affections of a generation, and we do not mean President Obama.

In both style and substance, then, the Ryan choice was an unadulterated success. Further, Ryan’s selection answered the implicit question posed by the Romney campaign theme: Believe In America. But what kind of America? The Ryan choice means Romney believes in an America that works, lives within its means, and does not hide behind vapid slogans in service of a failed 1960s agenda. In other words, it shows Romney believes America would be better if all Americans worked and succeeded as he has. Accordingly, he and his new running mate plan to take America in a vastly different direction than the one President Obama envisions and has ushered in. The turnaround cannot come soon enough.

Perfectly consistent with and complementary of Romney’s vision are Ryan’s views, gleaned from his budget proposals and myriad YouTube videos. As Ryan told the president at the February 2010 White House healthcare summit, he has a different vision of Washington’s role in the citizen’s life. Watching Ryan school the Democrats on the policy minutiae and gimmickry of Obamacare, it is evident he, in contrast to the opposition, actually knows what he is talking about on the issues, and he cares deeply for how legislation will practically affect Americans, rather than how it will sell politically. His boldness in advancing sensible Medicare reform is completely inconsistent with a re-election above all mindset. The same cannot be said of the current White House occupant.

Finally, Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan may have the incidental benefit of elevating the substance and tone of the political discourse over the next three months. At a recent speech at Georgetown University, Ryan said, “Serious problems like those we face today require charitable conversation.” In the wake of the Obama campaign’s malicious and false attacks on Mitt Romney, and Joe Biden’s continuous gaffes that call into question his mental capacity, all Americans should relish the thought of mud slinging giving way to charitable conversation, a serious appraisal of the challenges we face, and a serious evaluation of which presidential ticket has the best solutions to address them. By choosing Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has deftly equipped himself to do just that.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012veep; campaign2012; mittromney; paulryan; ryan

1 posted on 08/18/2012 6:46:15 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
By choosing Ryan, Romney has unabashedly affiliated himself with the reform wing of the GOP, put to rest any lingering doubts about his conservative bona fides...

For some, perhaps.

2 posted on 08/18/2012 6:49:48 AM PDT by j_tull (Massachusetts once lead the American Revolution. Under Mitt Romney, it lead the demise.)
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To: Kaslin
"The [my] only connection [to the Republican Party]is I'm registered as a Republican"
--Mitt RRRRRomney
 


3 posted on 08/18/2012 7:48:17 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: j_tull

We’ll see. As the “stinks less” viable candidate whose Massachusetts history is not foremost in the mind of most US voters (and Barack Obama will never point a finger at that history, because that would be to accuse Mitt of being too liberal), Mitt is easily poised to walk away with this coming election. When he does, which he will do if he bumbles less than Barack, then everyone will see. Will Mitt adapt himself to the country’s expectations as a Dr. Jekyll, or will he become Mr. Hyde again (and enter into a very painful tug of war with Ryan).


4 posted on 08/18/2012 7:52:07 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: OldEarlGray
Tom Hoefling for President - 2012

LMAO

5 posted on 08/18/2012 8:15:14 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Two things working in Mitt's favor:
  1. He is no hard-core ideologue. Certainly not for conservatism, but not for libtardism either.
  2. The librard faction (even more than conservatives) can't help but hate him and this white-hot hate will drive him to pander to the people who are actually persuadable, the mushy middle and conservatives, much like it did George W. Bush after his sky-high approval ratings melted in the days following 9-11. There will be stumbles and setbacks along the way, for sure. But nothing like another four years of Obama. If Ryan is a sample of the type of people he is going to select to run a Romney administration, we may very well do better than a redux of four years of Bush.

7 posted on 08/18/2012 8:23:22 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin
Tell us, Kaslin - how'd this...

"Oops"
 
...progressive Charlie Foxtrot work out again?
 
 
BOHICA, Idiot.

8 posted on 08/18/2012 8:25:48 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: Vigilanteman

The librard faction (even more than conservatives) can't help but hate him

Which of course is why:

 

“Gay Republican Groups Praise Anti-Gay Paul Ryan As Romney VP Choice

by David Badash on August 11, 2012

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Politics

Both national gay GOP organizations, the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud this morning praised Mitt Romney‘s choice of the very anti-gay Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee. READ: Romney: Paul Ryan Will Be My VP (Or, Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask) “The selection of Paul Ryan is a bold and inspired pick. Paul Ryan has been the architect of policies that would benefit all Americans, especially gay Americans,” Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud Executive Director announced in a statement that called Ryan “a bold and inspired pick.”

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/gay-republican-groups-praise-anti-gay-paul-ryan-as-romney-vp-choice/politics/2012/08/11/46162

/s

=====================
 
Myth: What happens now?
Scott Toomey: Well, now, uh, Ken Mehlman, R. Clarke Cooper, Meghan McCain, Mary Cheney and I wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the Fithcally Conthervative log cabin, taking The Party(tm) by surprise -- not only by surprise, but totally unarmed!
Myth: Who leaps out?
Scott Toomey: Uh, Ken Mehlman,  R. Clarke Cooper, Meghan McCain, Mary Cheney and I. Uh, leap out of the log cabin, uh and uh....
Myth: Oh....
Scott Toomey: Oh.... Um, l-look, if we built this large wooden Rhinocerous -- [twong]
ALL:  Run away!  Run away!  Run away!  Run away!
      [splat]
 
NO SALE.

9 posted on 08/18/2012 8:32:01 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: Vigilanteman

I’ve long believed that Mitt’s chief motivator is to cater to whoever will give him the most kudos. He brags about Romneycare, true — but Massachusetts hasn’t tried very hard to shuck it off either, and retains a fan base for that. Mitt is vain. Whether that is liberals or conservatives would vary by circumstance. It might redeem a Mitt presidency, though as for Mitt himself he would remain a vain man.


10 posted on 08/18/2012 8:37:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Kaslin

11 posted on 08/18/2012 8:59:54 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: Kaslin
Romney’s choice ensures 2012 will not be a repeat of 2008, when a lack of planning and serious forethought gave way to a shotgun Republican vice presidential selection based not on policy substance or fitness for office, but on an urgent need to reinvigorate a lackluster campaign. The results speak for themselves.

Just can't resist continuing the PDS, can we. No one running, then or now, was more "fit for office" than Sarah Palin. This is getting almost as bad as Obama's never-ending reliance on bashing Bush to deflect the blame from himself. The GOPe is either in denial over their own incompetency, or they are making colder, darker calculations than anyone knows.

12 posted on 08/18/2012 9:09:38 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Kaslin

Your Gym RAT/RINO needs to work on his lower body.

http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/17/paul-ryan-shirtless-abs-tomach-photo-vice-president/#ixzz23oe2iXcG

Those skinny little Chicken legs like make it self-evident he’s about as “fit” as Myth is “conservative”.


13 posted on 08/18/2012 11:14:16 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: Vigilanteman; HiTech RedNeck
Will Mitt adapt himself to the country’s expectations as a Dr. Jekyll, or will he become Mr. Hyde again (and enter into a very painful tug of war with Ryan).
Two things working in Mitt's favor:
  1. He is no hard-core ideologue. Certainly not for conservatism, but not for libtardism either.
  2. The librard faction (even more than conservatives) can't help but hate him and this white-hot hate will drive him to pander to the people who are actually persuadable, the mushy middle and conservatives, much like it did George W. Bush after his sky-high approval ratings melted in the days following 9-11.
Seemingly it would be possible for Romney to move left after the election, and pull support from the Democrats in Congress to make up for the loss of Tea Party faction of the Republican caucus. But there aren’t many Democrats he would be able to associate himself with without associating with the hard left. So that strategy would blow up the two-party system, and cause a rift with his own VP, who does not serve at the president’s pleasure. So it appears that Mitt has lashed himself to the Republican, if not indeed the Tea Party, mast.
Romney saw what happened to GHWB when he took tacked left in office. It would be a serious unforced error, if anything worse than ’92 because Romney had Bush’s example before him, and foolishly ignored it.

14 posted on 08/18/2012 11:38:54 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

And again, for the sake of discussion, Mitt may expect any 2016 Democrat rival to be so screamingly unreasonable (that’s where the Donk party is headed in its hand basket — i mean what do you do for a sequel after playing the race card) that he can get away with being “moderately” liberal.


15 posted on 08/18/2012 11:52:40 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: OldEarlGray
Gay Republican Groups Praise Anti-Gay Paul Ryan As Romney VP Choice

I'm not sure I follow your point. So - if fiscally responsible gays are in favor of Ryan - that is proof that he is a poor candidate?

16 posted on 08/18/2012 12:27:13 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
And again, for the sake of discussion, Mitt may expect any 2016 Democrat rival to be so screamingly unreasonable (that’s where the Donk party is headed in its hand basket — i mean what do you do for a sequel after playing the race card)
You mean like Barak Obama in 2008?
that he can get away with being “moderately” liberal.
We know O’Sullivan’s First Law:

All organizations that are not actually right-wing
will over time become left-wing.
Just as surely, then, we know that the best conservative has to be watched, reinforced, and critiqued - and that Mitt Romney is not the best conservative.

17 posted on 08/18/2012 1:18:36 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama's worst nightmare:

I highly suspect Obama is effectively innumerate.

18 posted on 08/18/2012 1:26:26 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: jonno

Birds of a RINO Rainbow feather.

NO SALE


19 posted on 08/18/2012 4:28:39 PM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: OldEarlGray

Logic? Using yours, if gays like chicken then my eating chicken makes me “birds of a feather”?


20 posted on 08/18/2012 5:39:36 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

I’m saying “Barack Obama in 2008” is a one trick pony, or unicornlet. What else can the Democrats serve up in this vein that won’t look equally ridiculous to a public which says fool me twice shame on me.


21 posted on 08/18/2012 7:39:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: jonno

But we’re not talking about chicken, super genius - we’re talking about a Rainbow RINO candidacy for the POTUS, who homosexual activists are praising.

Quack, Waddle fithcally conthervative RINOcracy.

NO SALE


22 posted on 08/18/2012 8:30:16 PM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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