The pick has been made, the game is afoot.
Congressman Paul Ryan from Wisconsin is the Vice Presidential candidate for the republican ticket.
Congressman Ryan serves Wisconsin’s 1st District and has since 1999. The 1st district is home to Janesville, where Ryan is from, and the town of Racine.
You may have heard of Racine, it featured prominently in the Tom Hanks movie A League of their Own, about the Women’s Professional Baseball League that sprung up, largely in the mid-west, during WWII when Major League Baseball was going on hiatus for the war.
After the nonsense with the recall vote in Wisconsin, the stupidity with the dog on the roof (Romney), the eating of dog (Obama), the bullying of classmates (Romney), the using and selling of drugs in high-school (Obama), we may actually get to some serious issues in this campaign.
So you can forget all that crap, it counted for nothing. We have the other player now. Now it all counts.
Tale of the Tape
Born in 1970 – so yeah he’s only 42, 23 years younger then Governor Romney, but more importantly only 3 short years younger than me. Maybe my guidance counselor was right.
The congressman is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with degrees in business and political science.
Married to Janna Little and has 3 children. So we have four of the most boring faith based family men in the history of American politics going head to head for the White House. As my friend John said the other day, they are all so alike personally, they’ll have to make stuff up about each other in order to attack.
Mr Ryan is Roman Catholic, coupled with the Governor’s Mormon faith, this is the first presidential ticket in some time without a traditional protestant. Not sure this is an issue, no actually I’m sure this is not an issue, but with the dopiness that seems to define the President’s current campaign strategy, my gut tells me we’ll hear a little more about this than we should.
An odd but possibly serious fact – Ryan’s father, grand father, and great grand-father all died of heart attacks before the age of 60. I’m almost positive this will come up. Medical history is common fodder for campaigns, and that’s some serious history bro.
In the interest of full disclosure, I voted for the President in 08, but I was probably voting for the Governor this time around. The president’s campaigning has led me even further in that direction. This pick all but seals my vote. I mean excluding the fact the guy is a heart attack waiting to happen, from appearances and speeches he is a no non-sense business guy with the only official budget proposal on the table. That’s not just between the candidates, that’s all of the body politic in Washington. His economic plan, like all plans, has rough edges but some republicans even ran from it. Newt Gingrich, as you may recall, was one of the first to jump ship.
You remember Newt don’t ya: big ass blow hard, ego bigger than his belly, 3x loser on the marriage/adultery circuit. Has plans for a moon base by his THIRD term as President and thinks little black kids should be taken from grade school and sent to be janitors of Moon Base Gingrich. Yeah that’s him. Anyway he called Ryan a right wing radical on the morning talk shows when Team Gingrich thought they still had a shot, way back in February.
The right wing radical charge may well be true, and I don’t think it is, but as of this moment no one, not even the republicans, have come up with an official budget proposal even though they don’t seem to be fully behind the Ryan budget. At least Mr Ryan is working, trying to fix things, a trait that seems foreign to most politicians in DC at the moment.
For the Governor this was a good pick. Congressman Ryan gives the Governor a solid conservative to lean on. It would appear to me the two of them can get the conservative base and have a good chance at all those independents and undecideds that will sway the election.
Senator Rubio of Florida is a little young and Mr Rubio muddled his own history by claiming to have fled Castro’s Cuba when in fact his parents left before the crackdown started. They didn’t escape or flee on a raft. They bought airline tickets and basically immigrated to the US.
My pick, Senator John Thune of South Dakota, would have been a good pick, but he probably would not have brought the charge to the ticket the way Mr Ryan will.
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio was in contention but like Thune, a solid pick with no pizzaz.
Mr Ryan it is. I like it. I’ll probably buy the t-shirt.
I believe the R&R campaign will be civil and focused on the issues at hand. They better be. Unlike McCain and Plain, who sidetracked themselves with the nonsense of faith, country of origin, and other derogatory tacts towards then Senator Obama, Romney and Ryan can run on actual truths. Truth 1: The President is a decent man, but his policies for the last four years have not fixed things. Truth 2: They should stand up and declare that the President is indeed an American, just not the right American for the job.
All you weak minded folk can wallow in the stupidity of wether he is christian/muslim, American/Keynyan, socialist/communist. Most of you wouldn’t know a communist or a socialist if they kicked you in the ass. The irony is President Obama is losing votes from the progressives because he failed to deliver the socialism so many right wing nut jobs said was coming. It would be laugh out loud funny if it wasn’t such a sad expose of the way the media, left, right, and center, seems to be able to lead the general public around by the nose.
In my opinion, much like President Bush, the current President is a good guy tying to do his best. President Obama’s best is just not good enough. Dissecting his polices without slinging mud at his character should be easy enough for the likes of R&R. (credit Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina for the R&R tag)
However the President’s campaign has shown a bizarre willingness to crawl in the mud, and for no apparent reason. The Governor never went there, but all the Presidents men seem in a rush to dive into the lowest level of the cesspool. (A forthcoming post titled “The summer of stupid.” will go into much detail.) The Governor has yet to make a personal attack against the President.
R&R need to stay on that path. The high road should lead them to the White House.
You can read Vice Presidential candidate Ryan’s speech here: Romney/Ryan 2012