Paul Ryan is going to be Mitt Romney’s choice for Vice President.
That is the news. The question now is …
Is this good or bad for the nation and the conservative movement?
When Paul Ryan announced his budget plan, the left went nuts. The plan was actually quite timid as it took almost 40 years to balance the budget. But Ryan did one thing that was significant. His budget reformed entitlements, which threaten to bankrupt the economy.
This earned Ryan the anger of the left and he ended up having a look alike star in a commercial showing him pushing granny off the cliff.
While the left is going to immediately attack Ryan, we conservatives should be standing and cheering, because this is a good choice.
At 42, he is young. He is charismatic. He is bright and just as important he is conservative.
By choosing Ryan, Romney has saved the conservative wing of the Party.
Before anyone starts doubting that Ryan is a conservative, he has a 91, almost 92, career rating from the American Conservative Union.
Ryan also now shoots to the front of the line for the Presidency.
If Romney wins and serves two terms, Ryan is the almost certain nominee in 2020. If Romney loses, and we still have an America in 2016, Ryan is then the presumptive front-runner.
The good news here is that Romney did not choose a moderate. He did not choose one of the insiders, such as Rob Portman. He did not chose an almost certain loser such as Tim Pawlenty.
The question that we have now, which will not be answered soon, is why Romney chose Ryan.
Was he simply a guy who provides some cold political calculus to the campaign? Most political maps have Romney down be ten or so electoral votes with a lot of states listed as toss-ups. Wisconsin might well have gone for Romney anyway but it is one that should go red now. If Romney carries Wisconsin, as well Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, along with the states he is expected to carry, that should give him 276 electoral votes.
Did Romney choose Ryan to reach out to conservatives?
It could be.
His staff has to be paying attention to the complaints from conservatives. Anyone who reads conservative blogs understand that conservatives are at best nervous about Romney. Complaints about Romney range from his campaign flip-flopping on issues to complaints his campaign is incompetent.
Some conservatives have even been talking about trying to force a brokered convention. While there is almost no chance of that happening, the effort could be embarrassing.
A Ryan nomination now stops much of this.
Does this mean Romney is now paying attention to conservatives?
We will find out.
A couple of things are certain. Romney did not pick a disaster choice, like Chris Christie, who would have destroyed any conservative support he had.
The other thing is, Romney for all of his flaws and all of the unknowns about him, remains a far better choice than Obama. No matter what, Romney is not an anti-American Marxist like Obama.
No matter what happens, we must make certain Obama does not get a second term.
Romney’s choice of Ryan for VP should be a cause for encouragement and hope.
Because after Obama and the Democrats attempt to ruin this great nation, it really is time for a “Comeback Team.”
I totally agree, I think its a great pick for v.p. and conservatives!
Don Johnson, you don't " totally " agree, you " completely " agree, . . . after all, you ane NOT an " airhead " VALLEY GIRL, . . . . ( rolling eyes, . . . . ).
Be nice David.
My enthusiasm for the GOP ticket has just went up! I can't wait to make calls as a volunteer for the Romney/Ryan ticket. I loved the way Ryan mentioned out Founding Fathers and that We The People govern and not the other way around.
But, Ryan has to get the word out that he amended his 2010 Budget Plan for Medicare. In 2011, he changed his plan for Medicare to say that those younger than 55 will now have the option to choose the regular Medicare or receive a voucher. And for those over 55 they would still be on the regular Medicare plan. The Dems are already lying by saying that Ryan will do away with Medicare. It's the Dems who will destroy Medicare by kicking the can down the road until they run out of other people's money.
IMO Paul Ryan is a good choice. He has the numbers, he is a family man, devout Christian, fiscal conservative and hopefully will help define the Romney presidency. To date Romney is only letting the Obama left smear machine define him. Its about time that the Romney Ryan ticket starts defining their platform. This team must put out their plan for America and start fighting back.
Well said Dennis, and I agree.
Paul Ryan for VP was not my first choice, but he definitely is a good choice. Maybe now Romney will get back on message about the #1 problem we face -- the Economy. It will force Obama to justify all his atrocious waste of our precious dollars on nonsense and the lack of a budget for the past three years. We need Romney and Ryan to hit hard on the lack of fiscal responsibility of the Obama Administration. It isn't Ryan throwing Grandma over a cliff. It is Obama throwing our Nation into a cestpool of destruction that we won't recover from if he gets re-elected.
Niether were my first choice. I will support them. I wish someone could/would encourage Ron Paul and Gary Johnson and others to officially withdraw and not split the vote. We need every vote we can get.
I always liked Ryan. He took alot of heat for his budget ideas. I feel I can get behind him and even Romney. Not the best choice for President for sure but the best we have right now.
They could show the iconic Atlas bearing the Earth and then rotate him around and we find it's Obama's face, then he does a heave-ho with the Earth tossing it toward the sun.
Hey Joseph, that is an excellent idea!!!!