Fri Aug 10, 2012, 10:05 PM
Liberal_in_LA (31,077 posts)
Picking Ryan would turn desperation into disaster
Indeed, when all is said and done it’s quite possible that Romney will look back at the post-primary period as the moment when he blew his chance to seriously challenge Obama.
So what if anything can Romney do about it? The most immediate opportunity to turn things around is in his selection of a vice-presidential nominee. Because Romney’s poll numbers are tanking it increases the likelihood of a “shake-up” pick – someone who can allegedly move the numbers. This means eschewing a safe but steady VP selection like Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty or Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and calling an audible at the line of scrimmage. Indeed, the latest conventional wisdom is coalescing around Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
But this would be a huge, even catastrophic mistake for Romney. Veep picks rarely matter all that much in presidential elections, and the general approach should be to do no harm when picking one. Selecting Ryan, while potentially pacifying conservatives who will likely vote for the Republican ticket anyway, would be the functional equivalent of putting a giant target on the Romney campaign.
After all, Ryan is the author of the deeply unpopular House budget passed by Republicans – which would eviscerate the social safety net and do away with Medicare’s federal guarantee. It’s the equivalent of political Kryptonite, and even though Romney has foolishly endorsed the document, putting the Congressman on the ticket would make it that much easier for the Obama campaign to tar Romney with the most unpopular provisions of Ryan’s budget. This is not to mention the fact that Ryan has no experience on the national political stage. That he’s even being considered is a sign of Romney’s growing desperation and all too evident indications that he has not closed the deal with conservatives.
When times are rough, there is often the inclination to throw the Hail Mary pass (a la Sarah Palin in 2008). But while Romney’s chances of victory are narrowing, the selection of Ryan would compound his problems and make winning in November that much more unlikely. The Romney campaign has hardly been a font of competence to date, but picking Ryan would be political malpractice.
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Fri Aug 10, 2012, 10:45 PM
hifiguy (13,143 posts)
3. The Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver would be
yet another godsend to the POTUS. His oppo researchers will crucify the entire ticket if Mittwit is dumb enough to pick the ZEGS.
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