Mitt Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate in this 2012 campaign marks a total about face in the GOP’s philosophy of what it takes to get the big guy elected. Ryan’s credentials as a conservative are indisputable, unlike Romney, who is often viewed as a double talking huckster by those in both parties. Also Ryan is said to have a functioning personality, unlike the supercilious, weasel, rich guy, perception many people have of the man at the top of the ticket.
In other words, Ryan may actually be less of a jerk than his running mate… of course, we have to give him some time. All this is in total contrast to John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin four years ago. Holy Nutjobs Batman, the train’s jumped the tracks and is heading for the convention at top speed.
At the time Governor Romney made his VP choice, 38% of Americans had never heard of Paul Ryan. This is a considerable improvement over the huge percentage of Americans who had no idea who Sarah Palin was at the time of her selection but much lower than the percentage of Americans who currently wish they had never heard of her.
Ryan is the architect of the Republican plan to kill Medicare but if there were any Democrats out there who thought that there was going to be a Republican who wasn’t planning to kill Medicare, they’d better hope that Medicare covers the extended stay in a mental health facility that’s going to be their next stop.
Now that the big announcement’s been made, the current speculation is whether Ryan will follow the “Palin Precedent.” Will he quit his job? Will there be a book tour? Does he have daughters and are they knocked up? Will he be booked on “Dancing With The Stars” this season, or next?
Palin thought it was great fun to put a bullet in an elk. Ryan catches giant catfish with his bare hands. What’s not to like?