It is usually a sign of weakness of a campaign if they can not get a current or ex statewide office holder or a cabinet level type to take the VEEP slot. The only two House members I can remember in my lifetime were Goldwater in 1964 picking Congressman William E. Miller of upstate NY and Mondale in 1984 picking Congressman Geraldine Ferraro. As you know, those two slates with Congressmen VEEPs lost in two of the biggest blow outs in history.
So I would worry, if Romney picked Ryan. I think picking another governor would be a better way to go. I could also live with a Senator.
I have to disagree on this one. Ryan is probably the single most influential Republican in America right now when it comes to the budget, entitlement reform and the economy. All through the Spring, the obama campaign was referring to the “Romney/Ryan budget plan.”
Ryan isn’t some anonymous congressman, he has been the counterpoint to obama for the past two years.
If anything, Ryan should be the presidential nominee.