UPDATE (Jim): please make sure you take our poll. It will be interesting to see how you all vote, given your support for Senator Rubio last Friday
Meet America’s Comeback Team. This morning, it’s confirmed presumed Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney has selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his running mate. What do you think?
I’ve always thought pulling a candiate from the rank of governors was a good move since they have executive leadership experience running a government. Back in Oct. 2008, I wrote the following in my case against an Obama presidency. Look where picking two senators who had no real leadership experience has got us.
Presidents normally have had executive and/or military leadership positions prior to taking office.
Bush (43), Clinton, Reagan, Carter and FDR all came from the ranks governors. Bush (41), Ford, Nixon, Johnson and Truman were vice presidents prior to taking the oath. Kennedy was a senator prior to taking office, but had four years of military service during World War II. Eisenhower had extensive military experience beginning when he enrolled at West Point in 1911. Even Hoover had eight years of experience as the US Secretary of Commerce under Harding.
That’s almost 80 years of presidential history. Obama does not have experience to match previous presidents.
So Romney met my definition of someone who was qualified; not that I agree with him on everything. When it comes to vice presidents, I think a governor’s smart choice would be someone who can help them once they get within the Washington, D.C political and bureaucratic bubble. I think Ryan is a pretty solid choice.
Picking a current governor does not really help all that much unless you’re looking for star power, and there might be some power struggles since both of the leaders would be used to running the show. This is logical. This seems a safe bet. I think Ryan probably does have the skill set to lead if – God forbid – something would happen to a President Romney.
If someone is going to argue Ryan does not have the skill set, that should be completely ignored since President Obama had zero executive experience and he selected another bozo with zero executive leadership experience. On qualifications alone, the Romney/Ryan ticket blows away what Obama/Biden brought us in 2008.
Some writers are calling Ryan a “bold” choice. I don’t feel that way. It’s not a surprise at all, and my guess is his “negatives” in polling are pretty low.
What’s Ryan like? Here’s Ryan’s deconstruction of Obamacare in six minutes. The facts and figures spouted out by Ryan are completely valid, but can not be used in a campaign speech. You can’t use phrases like “budget actuaries” in a campaign speech. I think this is a good example of why Ryan is a good choice for VP. He knows what’s happening, and can support/advise Romney very well.
Guy Benson at Town Hall writes, with my emphasis in bold.
… Paul Ryan is one of the sunniest, most likeable conservatives on the scene today. He’s also the party’s top wonk and is completely fluent in fiscal issues. I predict that Democrats will publicly gloat over this pick (“he’ll be so easy to demonize!”), even as they privately worry. Paul Ryan is earnest, smart, articulate, attractive, calm, good-humored, and exceptionally gifted in explaining his case in persuasive and unthreatening terms. He’s from the Midwest, has blue collar appeal (unlike Romney, he did not grow up wealthy), and has a beautiful young family.
Jazz Shaw at Hot Air…
But as much as we need to have this conversation about fiscal responsibility and the future of entitlement programs, I confess that I’m still nervous about whether or not the rest of the country is ready to lace up their boots and seriously discuss tough medicine for an ailing system.
So maybe it is a bold choice if Romney is serious about dealing with the out-of-control entitlement programs scheduled to soon bankrupt us fiscally and morally.
A final thought… Paul Ryan was born in 1970, I’m four years older than him … and man do I feel old.