Democrats seems to feel that the choice of Paul Ryan is the best thing that could happen to the Obama campaign, short of Romney picking Donald Trump. I don’t agree. I think choosing Paul Ryan is likely to improve Romney’s chance of winning.
Remember when the Tea Party fundamentally changed the make-up of Washington – and of the Republican Party? They became popular because they believe in something, they express it with heartfelt passion, and they stick to it. Doesn’t matter that their opinions are a nasty set of right-wing views meant to make a misery out of the lives of the majority of their supporters. They present themselves as truly worked up around a firmly held ideology.
Romney is a chameleon, and is only interested in winning. His personality is tepid – and so is his support. He’s been unable to demonstrate that he actually cares about anything at all, except his personal ambition. He does not inspire the way his challengers during the Republican primary – sociopaths one and all – did, a month at a time, because they stood for something, even something bizarre and idiotic.
Obama is a weak non-leader who has yet to exhibit a serious commitment to anything other than compromise and appeasement. We do not even have evidence that he will fully protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. He doesn’t get angry, he draws no line in the sand, and simply cannot be depended on by anyone other than Wall Street – the one constituency to which he has demonstrated total solidarity.
Biden is muzzled and is a company man. He’s allowed to express his pro-women, pro-queer, pro-labor views when convenient, but he is not permitted to really show his juice, which may have in the meantime dried up from disuse.
Ryan will be the only one among the four to speak out with consistency, determination, clarity – and we will see whether or not Romney will be able to control him. His ideas are hateful, he is an arrogant twit, and if he has his way, our stressed-out difficult lives are going to get much worse. But in a campaign, people need to get excited enough to move their butts to vote. Those who were excited by Obama four years ago are sunk in disappointment. Romney couldn’t excite a speed freak with a finger in an electrical outlet. Only Ryan can speak out with the steadfast fervor of an ideologue - while pulling off the reassuring drag of a rational-straight-white-man. People are hungry for cut and dry solutions, for confidence, for promises. Ryan may, in the end, be Romney’s smartest move.
PS: Is it clear to you that that top image is an elephant's ass?
(Elephant = Republican symbol)