Romney's excellent VP choice: Paul Ryan
The Kansas City Star
Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, Mitt Romney has made an excellent choice as his vice presidential running mate in Paul Ryan.
It’s great news for many Republicans, because they will be excited about the younger, fiery Ryan and his ultra-conservative views on everything from God to guns to entitlements.
And it’s good news as well for Democrats, who will vilify Ryan as someone who wants to gut government programs such as Medicaid and bring religion into everything he does as vice president.
The 2012 presidential election now will offer a very clear choice to American voters: Stick with the liberal Barack Obama/Joe Biden ticket, or opt for the conservative, we-promise-to-cut-spending Romney/Ryan ticket.
Romney announced Ryan on Saturday, and it’s almost certainly going to give a bump to his presidential campaign.
Romney has not been Mr. Smooth on the trail in recent weeks - from his disastrous overseas slip-ups to his continued decision not to release his tax returns,
But Ryan could change all that - if he performs as expected.
The seven-term congressman is known for being a decent orator, quick on his feet and sharp in his criticism of government entitlements.
Democrats will want to pounce on that fact about Ryan: He really hasn’t had a job in the private sector. Instead, he’s worked his life on the public dime, making money from the taxpayers.
Still, it appears Romney learned from the disastrous Sarah Palin pick of 2008, when John McCain selected a political neophyte to be his running mate.
Palin actually performed well in the first few weeks, firing up crowds. But the longer people looked at her and her record, they less they liked both.
Ryan has a more of a track record, with hundreds of votes in Congress, which is good for Republicans, who want him to run on it as an ultra-conservative politician.
And Democrats love that he has a record, too, because they will pound on it for the next three months, partly trying to scare Americans into not sending Ryan to a spot where he will be a heartbeat away from the presidency.