Breaking news from Camp Romney!
He has caved to pressure and picked his Veep early (only a week ago, word from Team Romney was that we’d find out who his second was at the Convention).
Needless to say, the story has created an enormous amount of buzz. After all, Paul Ryan is considered one of the bright, intellectual lights of the Republican party, and a True Conservative. A real warrior, you see, and a “Deep Thinkerer,” to boot! What’s not to like?
Actually, I love this pick. In my opinion, this is Romney’s “Sarah Palin Moment,” and he just lost the election.
In my view, there were only ever two ways the VP selection was gonna go. It would either be:
1) Romney picks someone blander than he is (think T-Paw), so as not to get overshadowed by his own second during the big night. Doing so would keep the spotlight on Romney, but guarantee a snoozefest of a convention.
2) Romney picks someone to cover his own (woefully exposed) right flank. (Remember, his own base doesn’t trust, or even especially like him, and he had to characterize his governorship as “severely conservative,” and pretend that Romneycare doesn’t exist to even get them remotely on board). A pick to his right will make up for his own deficiencies in this regard, energize the base hugely, and make the convention much more exciting. The downside being that it does so at Romney’s own expense, pulling the spotlight away from him in what’s supposed to be his “moment of glory.”
The trouble, of course, is that this isn’t going to win him any new votes. Sure, the base will be jazzed, but the base was always gonna vote for him, even if doing so caused them to throw up in their mouths a little. (Anyone But Obama, remember?) And Ryan comes with TONS of baggage, not the least of which is his “Roadmap to Ruin” 1.0 and 2.0. That’ll become the primary focus of the election from here till November.
It gives the Dems cover, for free, and gives the R’s almost nothing in terms of undecided votes.