It’s a Trap
Mitt Romney only picked Paul Ryan because President Obama picked him first. Ezra Klein points out that it was the President who made Paul Ryan a national figure after the Ryan budget was released. Having endured three years of mindless partisan opposition to everything he did, the President saw a chance to highlight Republican ideology. Ryan’s budget became Obama’s perfect foil. Klein argues that the risk in highlighting Ryan is that the Congressman’s plan is more likely to pass. The plan passed Congress twice and as Grover Norquist said, “We just need a president who can sign the legislation that the Republican House and Senate pass.”
By elevating Ryan, the President forced Republicans to actually run on the policies they hope to implement. That’s good for America—but terrible for Mitt Romney.
At least McCain picked Palin for his own reasons.
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