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Does It Matter that Paul Ryan Is on the GOP Ticket?

Jonah K. Wrote: Aug 12, 2012 1:35 AM
You forget two major points. 1. A successful Romney presidency will set Paul Ryan up as the defacto GOP nominee in 2020. Although Ryan's experience may be "tainted" by the realities of the executive office, I don't see him wavering his principles one iota. 2. Ryan's nomination pulled off the same feat that Palin's injection into the race in 2008 did with regard to the pre-tea party conservative base. While the GOP lost some seats in Congress, the GOP based was fired up to run on all cylinders to form the various tea party contingents, routing the dems in 2010. This time around, his nomination will probably be worth about 5 or 10 house seats 2 or 3 senate seats. Bottom line: Firing up the Tea Party is ALWAYS a good thing for the GOP!
RayTheAnarchoCapitalist Wrote: Aug 12, 2012 9:50 PM
Ryan voted for TARP, auto bailouts, Medicare Part D, several increases of the debt limit, and his Path to Prosperity increases the debt every year for the next 30 years. Tell me again how he's fiscally conservative.

The honest answer is that it probably means nothing. I don’t think there’s been an election in my lifetime that was impacted by the second person on a presidential ticket.

And a quick look at Intrade.com shows that Ryan’s selection hasn’t (at least yet) moved the needle. Obama is still in the high 50s.

Moreover, the person who becomes Vice President usually plays only a minor role in Administration policy.

With those caveats out of the way, the Ryan pick is mostly good news.

Here are the reasons why I’m happy.