The Genius of Choosing Paul Ryan

Yesterday, Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to be his vice-president. There were the usual calumnious brickbats from the Left. Surprisingly, I was intrigued by the skepticism from several conservatives that choosing Ryan was a sign of desperation by Romney and that Ryan may have hurt his future on the national stage.
The choice is classic Romney.

This choice reminds me why he chose Kerry Healey to be his Lt. Gov. in 2002. He endorsed her in the GOP primary. He needed Healey to meander through the landmines of state government. He needs Ryan to meander through the landmines of the federal government. Romney understands his weakness includes not knowing the ins and outs of government. Thus, he finds and supports the best qualified person to help him in this area.

I think before today, Romney was at best a 50/50 proposition to win in November. Romney is raising and holding a boatload of cash but he is not generating much excitement on the ground. Team Romney sees Obama as vulnerable but were trying to win with the “not Obama” mantra. It isn’t enough. Romney isn’t about to lose this race which he has a damn good chance of winning.

Romney needed to tap into the TeaParty mindset that won huge victories in 2010 at the federal and state levels. The Tea Party mindset is one of fiscal conservatism and nowhere near the views of the “birthers”. Folks like Portman, Rubio, and Christie may tickle the fancies of conventional thinkers but choosing Ryan is truly inspired thinking. This is not about just winning 270 electoral votes. It is about putting some traditional blue states in play. It is why I think Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, (where some of the huge victories occurred) are now in play. There will be others like Pennsylvania. This will also force Obama and the Democrats to spend money needed in battleground states to save normally safe blue states.

To be sure, the talking heads on the Left will be parroting the mantra of “pushing Grandma off the cliff” and “teabaggers”. Team Obama has nothing in their arsenal that resemble good ideas and solutions. Their arsenals are replete with demagoguery, divisiveness, and hate. IIRC, Ryan caused Obama to scratch his face with the middle finger in response to Ryan’s questions about ObamaCare. There was also a subsequent public insult made to Ryan by Obama during a public speech at Georgetown University.

Most of all, this choice is a signal to the MSM and the Left that Romney is ready to go mano a mano with Team Obama. They are not afraid of anything the MSM and the Left will throw at them. The GOP House candidates openly embrace the Ryan budget while more and more Democratic candidates are running away from Obama. Perhaps, Obama can proficiently explain why the Federal Government has gone 1200 days without a budget.

While Romney has been raising and saving a lot of cash, Obama has been burning through his raised cash. There is more excitement among the nut-roots to raise money for Elizabeth Warren’s run for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts than there is for Obama.

Team Romney now needs to put a consistent message before the American voter. If that message is Paul Ryan, Romney will win and it will not be close. If Romney pulls a Bob Dole and under-utilizes Ryan, it will be a disaster.



Romney Needs A Wyche Fowler Moment

Back in 1986, Fowler was running for the US Senate in Georgia against the GOP incumbent Mack Mattingly. Mattingly was to debate Fowler on a local Atlanta station and Mattingly at the last moment cancelled or was delayed. Fowler used his airtime to blast Mattingly. Newt Gingrich called the radio station and asked if Fowler would like to debate him in lieu of Mattingly.

Wyche’s response: “Oh, Newt, I’ve been trying all over this state to debate the organ grinder-I’m sure not going to debate his monkey.” Fowler won that election.

Lately, Romney has been under attack from Obama’s surrogates in the media and in politics.  He has been assailed for not making public his tax returns.  Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, insinuated that Romney would not make these returns public because he had not paid any taxes during the years in question.  This calumnious charge extended the shelf life of a non-story.  Even worse, Obama’s superPAC released an ad in which a husband blamed Romney for his wife’s death from cancer.  The ad patently untrue and showed the depths Team Obama will go to destroy their opponent.  The media, which is still in the tank for Obama, demands Romney respond to  each and every allegation.  After all, they know Obama cannot win reelection based on his record in office nor on the substance of his ideas.

In response, Romney needs to drop the gauntlet on Team Obama.  Romney needs to directly challenge Obama to cut out all the surrogates and make this mano a mano between Romney and Obama.  Obama is too dependent on teleprompters and surrogates. The president is like the boxer who amassed a 20-0 record because his manager fixed the bouts. No one’s laid a glove on him. This isn’t a time to pull punches.

Then, Romney needs to hit Obama on issues of substance.  I’d also love to hear Romney weigh in on outsourcing, especially since the president doesn’t understand the word. Something like, “For a guy who doesn’t like outsourcing, he sure does it a lot. The stimulus? He didn’t make that law. He outsourced it to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Obamacare? He didn’t make that law. He outsourced it to a bunch of special interests groups. The key elements of his entire agenda were outsourced. The president says he has a problem with outsourcing. So do I. I have a problem with a president who outsources leadership. That won’t happen in a Romney administration.”

It is time for Romney realize just how weak Obama is as an incumbent.  This is not only a winnable race but also a realization that the Emperor wears no clothes.  In this case, Obama should be exposed as an empty suit.