In the run-up to Mitt Romney's selection of a running mate, the Obama campaign (including his super pacs of CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, et., al.) was holding its collective breath hoping for Tim Pawlenty or Rob Portman. Conservatives were holding their breath hoping the choice would not be someone like the aforementioned gentleman. Not that there is anything wrong with the two men I mentioned, both are competent and well-spoken. It's just that neither of these two men compliment Mitt Romney, they match him. And with an economy on the brink of another recession and the Federal fiscal house in danger of sliding over a cliff, the country needs a bold economic plan that will right the ship. That plan is the Ryan budget, and who better to explain it on the campaign trail and implement it as part of the Romney Administration, than Paul Ryan himself.
I had heard of Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, several years ago, but really became a fan in 2009. The newly elected President Obama had a health care meeting with Republicans (back in the day when the President at least pretended to work with the other side, now he refuses to even talk to them at all). In that meeting Paul Ryan demonstrated that he knew more about the President's health care plan than he did himself and made the President look very foolish. But in that moment I realized that Paul Ryan, in the words of Bob Dylan, knows his song well before he starts singing. He insures that he knows everything about a subject before he opens his mouth, unlike our current Vice-President and President for that matter.
No matter how much the Obama campaign tries to divert the voters' attention away from his failed policies which have given us record debt and unemployment, the election is going to be decided on economic prowess. Both Mitt Romney, and now his VP, have demonstrated throughout their careers to have the budgetary and economic skills necessary to lead the country to prosperity. President Obama has failed spectacularly at this task.
Paul Ryan not only brings his desperately needed budget plan to the table, but he possess that rare talent to be able to unapologetically articulate Conservative principles. In very understandable language he is able to inculcate in people the logic and rationale of Conservative principles and why they work every time they are tried. I applaud Mitt Romney for thinking outside the box in making his VP choice, and after he wins the election in November, this will be seen as one of the defining moments of the campaign. I also look forward to watching Paul Ryan debate the hapless and feckless Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate. The true validation of Mitt Romeny's pick of Paul Ryan will come from the left in the following weeks and months before the election. They will try to convince Conservatives what a bad choice Ryan was and will spew lies, half-truths and slander in an effort to poison the voters against him. The more they attack him, the more it will convince me of the ineffable wisdom of Mitt Romney's choice. Someone oughta tell the Obamas to start packing now.