If there’s one man in America born for the job of debunking Obama’s myths and lies, it’s Paul Ryan.
As a political pundit, I have to admit my initial reaction to Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for V.P. was surprise. Ryan won’t gain Romney Latino votes, or expand Romney’s base. And, quite frankly, he’s not the most exciting guy in the room. Ryan is a policy wonk extraordinaire and boy genius. But those are not ideal attributes for giving rousing speeches. Not surprisingly, my first choice for the job was Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
But, after a day of thought, my opinion has changed 180 degrees. Romney made a brilliant move - he found himself a Stealth Weapon. Someone that proves that Obama is a phony. Someone who proves that Obama is not the smartest guy in the room. My advice- from one former Vice Presidential nominee to another- is to capitalize on Paul Ryan's unique brainpower and talents by turning Ryan into "Obama's Shadow." More on that later.
First, Romney made a bold move by not taking the easy road with a Pawlenty or Portman ("old white guys" just like him). He picked the architect of the GOP Congressional budget plan- the ONLY plan by any politician that at least attempts to slow the growth of spending (although I believe Ryan should have gone even further). Picking Paul Ryan embraces cutting government spending as the centerpiece of Romney’s campaign. He’s not hiding from controversy, or what Obama’s socialist cabal calls “radical ideas.” Romney is going for it. To be blunt, I didn’t think he had it in him. Bravo.
The image Team Romney has created is simple and stark- vote Romney/Ryan to at least try to control the size of government, cut spending and debt, reform entitlement programs to save them for future generations, and encourage small business to create jobs…
Or stick with Obama/Biden and choose pure insanity - embrace even more spending, more debt, bigger government, and keep demonizing and punishing the small business owners that create the jobs and actually pay for all government programs. Keep telling them "the private sector is doing fine" while you raise their taxes and ruin their businesses, and keep demoralizing them by telling them “You didn’t build that.” Voting for Obama is like killing the goose that laid the golden egg.
Romney has laid down the gauntlet. Like the heroic firemen running into the burning World Trade Center, Romney ran towards the tough choices, controversy, and claims by liberals that “women, children and elderly will starve.” Romney doubled down. Again, I just didn't know he had it in him.