I don’t think anyone has coined RomneYAN so I’m claiming ownership to it and you’re all witness to it.
As for Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, it’s a risky move for Romney but both political parties will love it. Republicans believe Ryan will be able to move the focus of the election away from Romney’s tax returns, tax havens and his Bain years and bring it back onto the only issue they want to discuss – blaming the weak economy on President Obama.
As for Democrats, Ryan in the VP slot allows them to zero in on the Ryan budget and the catastrophic effect it will have on the middle class, the social safety net and economic recovery. Up to this point, Romney has been reluctant to talk about the Ryan budget but those days are over. It’s now front and center.
Timothy Noah at the New Republic believes Romney has just handed the election over to Obama.
…that’s the final demonstration that Romney will never, ever move to the center. He will never stop trying to establish his bona fides with the Republican party’s hard right wing, even when doing so demonstrably harms his own interest, as it does here. The inmates will run the asylum.
…this is a fantastic stroke of luck for President Obama. Presidents presiding over the sort of economy we have right now don’t usually get re-elected. But a president handed the opportunity to run against a GOP ticket that’s unabashedly in favor of abolishing Medicare–something even the Tea Party opposes–would probably win in November.
Erick ‘Son of Erick‘ Erickson believes that the Ryan pick while not the safest one Romney could have made, is the right one for a candidate desperately needing to shift the momentum over to his side.
Paul Ryan exposes the left’s great lie. They think they can just raise taxes on those who make $250,000.00 a year or more and never have to cut spending or fix entitlements. Paul Ryan not only exposes that lie, but he has plans to solve it. He does so as a fresh, young face who is not at all scary to old people and relates to them and to young people. He himself is in his early 40?s with small kids. He’s from a swing state, out performed John McCain in his home district, and is telegenic and articulate. Paul Ryan is what Mitt Romney needs.
We’ll see but with three months to go, the one sure bet is that a Paul Ryan in the VP slot serves Republicans better than a Sarah Palin ever could.