First off, it's an exciting pick for me as it was my pick for Veep. There were a lot of arguments pro- and con- on whether the pick should be Paul Ryan and both were sound. The main argument against was that wouldn't we be better served with Ryan in the Congress where he eventually become the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and maybe even Speaker of the House? That's a lot of maybes and I think it's analogous to resting a pitcher for Game 7 of the World Series. This election in November is like Game 6 with us down 3 games to 2. We don't win Game 6, there will be no Game 7. (IFYKWIMAITWD)
Paul Ryan became a household name for conservatives when he ate the President's lunch at the Health Care Summit. I don't think it's a stretch to say he would not be the Vice Presidential nominee were it not for that meeting and President Obama's 6 minutes of hell:
Ironically, when President Obama offered up this summit to the GOP, many of us were saying in our best Admiral Ackbar voices "It's a trap!" We had every reason to believe it so, but were stunned to find out the usually bumbling GOP had a trap of its own in Paul Ryan who displayed his wealth of knowledge on budgetary issues and thus a star was born.
Now that he is the pick, I beg and plead with the Romney campaign to let Paul Ryan be Paul Ryan. Some have joked that with all his charts and graphs he's a like a Ross Perot Jr. You know what, despite the fact that Perot became a staple of Saturday Night Live fodder, a lot of people loved Perot and his charts and graphs. It resonated. Let Paul Ryan debate Joe Biden with a huge stack of papers, let him spout statistic after statistic to the MSM. Let him kill our opponents, not with kindness, but with knowledge.
I'm not so arrogant as to believe I speak for most people in the country or even in the conservative movement, but a pick like Paul Ryan gives a pessimist like me a glimmer of hope that we can turn this around. It's easy to dismiss the MSM, but Romney needed a running mate like who knows how to handle Brian Williams and Chuck Todd and Charlie Gibson and all the others that will pepper Ryan with false premise after false premise. You need a running mate that can look them square in the eye and say "You're premise is wrong. Here's why:"
Ryan gave a pretty good speech today, full of the usual applause lines, but then in about the last 3 minutes he served up some red meat that was most pleasing to the palate:
The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:
We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!
We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility!
We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them!
We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:
What kind of country do we want to have?
What kind of people do we want to be?
We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.
Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I’m excited for what lies ahead and I’m thrilled to be a part of America’s Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done. Thank you.
This is our last stand. Romney/Ryan have to give it everything they've got. Don't fear the MSM, don't fear the smears. Spread the message and fight.