The pick of Paul Ryan to join Mitt Romney as the representatives of the Republican party for the general election this November was inspired. I think this has had a profound impact on the race already and has the progressives in the Democrat party scrambling. They are already scared and will now have to do so much more than what was already a daunting task--getting Barack Obama reelected based on his dismal failure as the President of the United States.
The Ryan pick forces the progressives to defend so much more ground than just 72 hours ago. Mitt could be attacked for Romneycare, his wealth, his time at Bain Capital (all positives, if you ask me) but they could not attack him on character issues. This front was narrow and could easily be defended by many who could resort to class warfare and implied racism. That is no longer the case. Ryan brings a voice of great intellect, breadth and depth to a host of issues that has now forced the progressives to argue issues that, up until this weekend, could be put on the back burner. Now spending, the debt, deficits, taxes, medicare, medicaid and defense are now on the table and up front. Just like a football team that has a burner at wide receiver and a passer who can chuck the football, the Romney team has forced the Obama defense to now cover the whole field. With already a strong ground game gaining strength, now we have a deep threat that can score at will.
The Obama administration and campaign is completely flumoxed by this choice. They were not counting on having to spend money in the Midwest and having to come up with something other than Mitt is Rich as an argument. As my callers pointed out this morning, they think that Mitt is Rich is a positive, not a negative. They want to work for someone who has been successful. They want someone who has signed the front of a check as the person guiding this nation. The last half hour of my program was filled with small businessmen calling to say how pleased they were with the choice and that Mitt was a guy who could be trusted with the economy of the nation.
We get a twofer with Ryan. We have a guy who has been successful in everything he has done, been married to the same woman for over 40 years, has raised five wonderful sons and knows how to get things done. He picked a guy who is faithful, pious, dedicated, smart, articulate and bring a blue-collar work ethic to public service. It probably doesn't get much better than this.
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