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

Sharon508 Wrote: Aug 12, 2012 1:26 PM
Maybe I'm reading RayTheA wrong when he states "Most Americans are unwilling to accept that our social net is unraveling under its own financial weight so Ryan is seen as someone who likes throwing babies at old people." He is correct in saying this....Obama's team makes sure that those that don't research/read budget plans only rely on the stupid ads, thereby insulting everyone, but to those that rely on the ads,. truly believe everything they see. Brain dead is another word that comes to mind and drooling over a President who had no idea what Ryan was talking about in the budget meeting back in 2010 gave Obama the "deer in the headlights" look. It would be incredibly funny if it wasn't the President. CSpan had the video. Watch it.

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.