My friend prides himself on asking provocative questions. So when we learned last Saturday that Mitt Romney had selected Paul Ryan to be his running mate, I wasn’t surprised when he asked, “Do you think two boring white guys can beat Obama and Biden?”
My short answer was, “I sure hope so.”
To be honest, I was a little surprised that the Romney team made such a bold — even courageous — choice. I can’t imagine any selection Romney could have made that would make the battle lines between the two parties any clearer. Will this country vote to grow government and increase taxes or to bring runaway Federal spending under control, reduce taxes and begin to balance the budget?
I wish I were more confident of the answer. But with almost half of the population dependent on a government check (and not paying anything in Federal taxes), you can be pretty sure of which side they’re going to vote for.
There are now 45 million Americans receiving food stamps every month. And the Administration of President Barack Obama is actually spending millions of dollars running ads encouraging more people to sign up.
Even more people are now getting Medicare. How many of them will buy into the Democrats’ lie that Romney and Ryan will end Medicare as we know it? Sad to say, probably a lot of them will.
Remember that incredible TV commercial the Democrats ran two years ago, where a Ryan look-alike pushed an elderly lady in a wheelchair off a cliff? That will be mild compared to what we’ll see this year. Heck, the Obama fanatics have already accused Mitt Romney of being a felon and a tax cheat and of killing a woman by denying her healthcare. And they’re just getting started.
The sleaze is going to come thick and fast, my friends. The Democrats know their only hope of winning is to make Romney and Ryan look like dangerous, irresponsible extremists. Sadly, they can count on the support of much of the mainstream media to do exactly that. In fact, The New York Times ran its first editorial on the Romney/Ryan “extremism” the day after we learned that Ryan was Romney’s choice to be his Vice Presidential running mate. It will only get worse.
You can expect to see and hear a lot more — and a lot that’s nastier — over the next 12 weeks. After all, the Democrats can’t run on the accomplishments of the Obama Administration over the past four years, can they?
By the way, I don’t agree with the “boring” label my friend used. I was impressed with what I saw and heard on Saturday morning, when Romney and Ryan appeared together aboard the USS Wisconsin. (Nice choice of venues, incidentally.) And I was impressed again on Sunday night, when the two men made their first media appearance on “60 Minutes.”
I liked what both men had to say. I was especially impressed to hear Ryan say during his first remarks as Romney’s Vice Presidential choice:
America is more than just a place … it’s an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.
This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.
This idea is under assault. So, we have a critical decision to make as a nation.
We are on an unsustainable path that is robbing America of our freedom and security. It doesn’t have to be this way.
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!
That message and promise will resonate with a lot of voters. In fact, it garnered more applause than anything else either gentleman said that morning.
Yes, conservatives love the Ryan selection. In fact, it’s done a lot to increase their trust and maybe even their affection for the man at the top of the ticket. I can’t imagine anyone Romney could have chosen who would do more to solidify his support among the party’s base than the man whom Human Events named “Conservative of the Year” for 2011. He’s young, energetic, full of enthusiasm and very, very bright.
I can’t wait to see Ryan versus Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate. Ryan will make Biden look like the pompous blowhard he really is. It’s too bad we won’t get to see Ryan debate Obama. I don’t think there’s any question who would be the smartest guy in the room. And Ryan is just as eloquent without a teleprompter.
Michael Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s son, described the selection as Romney’s “first great move.” He said his dad would have approved of the choice, adding, “It’s going to really infuse some excitement and a lot of excitement probably within the conservative ranks.” Indeed, it already has.
Obama strategists claim they are also delighted with the choice, arguing that Ryan will be easy for them to attack. I think this is more bravado than brains. Sure, some of their faithful followers will applaud every new “Mediscare” taunt they launch. But hopefully enough voters will see through Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric and budget-busting programs to say: “Enough!”
The coming election will present the electorate with the clearest choice we’ve seen in generations. Will we allow our leaders to continue to pile trillions of dollars in debt on our children and grandchildren?
We’ll know the answers in three months. In the meantime, I’m delighted Romney selected a running mate who is such a passionate and effective advocate for our side. Aren’t you?
Until next time, keep some powder dry.