VP Candidate Representative Paul Ryan (R/Wisconsin) - An Asset or A Liability?
Will Rep. Paul Ryan for VP handicap Romney's Campaign?
How will voters react to Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney's choice for his running mate?
I don't want to purposely rain on what should be a day of rejoicing for conservatives in the Republican Party, or what Willard Mitt Romney has hoped to achieve by selecting Representative Paul Ryan (R/Wisconsin) as his running mate, but Romney's choice of Ryan has the makings of a political disaster.
Paul Ryan is best known for his views on the future of America's economy. As a Roman Catholic he has come under criticism from his church leaders for views on the economy which his church says fail to adequately protect the poor and vulnerable in American society.
His views have also been criticized for favoring tax benefits for the rich, the very complaint the Obama Campaign continues to pound away at when trying to claim that Mitt Romney is out of touch with the mainstream American voter.
By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Romney is gambling that the choice of Paul will unite the Republican Party and focus Election 2012 on Obama's deficit spending and Obama's record as president.
What Paul's selection has actually done is to add to the controversy symbolized by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and the polarization of the "Haves" and "Have Nots" as the Republican Convention and remaining months of the campaign come down to the national voting on November 6, 2012.
The technicalities of the nation's economic dilemma are not something the average voter will get excited by, controversial or not. Rep. Ryan can probably explain those as well as any possible Republican candidate for the vice presidential slot on the national ticket. But the technicalities of our economic system are a "ho hummer."
Furthermore, classical U. S. politics calls for grandiose promises of "something for everyone" and not the reverse: "universal sacrifice," especially sacrifices the opposition will characterize as coming from the 99% in favor of the 1%.
Rep. Ryan has 13 years of experience in the House of Representatives, and a lifetime of post-college (Miami of Ohio) experience in Washington, DC and Wisconsin politics. His selection should be good for Republicans' chances of winning Wisconsin's electoral college votes. He is an experienced politician who carries with him the possible label of "obstructionist" as a leading House Republican opposed to so many of Obama's initiatives in the current deadlocked partisan politics on Capitol Hill.
Can Americans visualize Rep. Paul Ryan as a viable American president should Romney somehow become incapacitated? How will Ryan fare in a head-to-head debate with current Vice President Joe Biden?
The potential voters who actually vote on November 6th will be mulling over those questions as well as Obama/Romney when they enter the voting booths on November 6th. Meanwhile the "he did/he didn't" and the "he would/he wouldn'ts" will continue to be laid out before them until then.
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Rep. Paul Ryan at age 42 has spent most of his adult life in Washington, DC and Wisconsin politics. His views on the future of the American economy have been controversial and his choice as Mitt Romney's running mate in Election 2012 is problematic.
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