FLORIDA, August 12, 2012 — So, does Mitt Romney have a secret plot to assure the President a second term? Is he making plans well in advance for a Mondale-style election night?
If nothing else, he certainly did make a bold choice for his campaign’s vice presidential slot.
What can one say about Paul Ryan? He is a Midwesterner — of Wisconsinite origin, to be exact — and a seemingly devoted Roman Catholic. The forty-two year old father of three is also a health enthusiast, which is good considering that his family has a deadly serious history of heart failure.
Is there anything else? Anything at all? Oh, yes, now that I come to think of it, there is.
This is the same fellow who proposed a federal budget not too long ago which paves the way for privatization in not only Medicare, but Social Security. So much for being assured care or security in one’s golden years.
The Ryan Plan has proven to be so unpopular that a traditionally safe congressional seat in upstate New York was lost, in large part, because of its popularity with GOP House members. One can only imagine the sort of damage this monstrosity might cause during November, when its author will be up for a vote from Boston to San Diego.
I can already hear the Ryan apologists screeching about my negative assessment of the matter. More than a few will probably reference my endorsement of Scott Walker’s opponent as a means of substantiating their grievances. After all, why would a Rockefeller Republican want a post-Reagan economic ideologue like Ryan to prosper in the first place, right?
The reality is that I very much hope Romney wins this race. His track record as a governor and a businessman are not perfect by any means, but nonetheless indicative of a man well suited for the White House. Still, I cannot deny that he has just loaded an insurmountably heavy weight onto his campaign bus.
In accordance with the rules of basic physics, the only thing it can do is slow him down. Considering that the President’s reelection race car was zooming far ahead to begin with, this does not bode well for the future — in either the short or long terms.
Oh, well. Ryan is better than Rubio, I will admit. That’s not saying too much, though.
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