BY SAM FIELDS
The Romney pick of Rightwing Congressman Paul Ryan betrays both Mitt’s weakness and poor organization:
- First and foremost the selection of Paul Ryan has made certain that the GOP attack on the Obama economy is over. It will now be a referendum on continuing Medicare and Social Security as we know them.
- Of those who know who Ryan, I would bet 90% only know about last year’s “Ryan Budget”. It calls for replacing our current “fee for service” Medicare system with subsidy to let Seniors—thinks likely voters– buy private insurance. Everyone agreed this was going to mean at least $5000 out of pocket to those of us on Medicare.
- I wonder whether the vetting of Ryan included checking out his income tax returns and for how many years?
- When Republicans run for the nomination they run to the right. You then have to move to the center for November. Picking a right-winger like Ryan makes clear that Romney’s people believe he has still not fired up the conservative base. This is the same problem that McCain had in 2008 which led him to the dingbat from Wasilla.
- As part of the Ryan “stand-on-you-own” image he will be talking about growing up without a dad. You can bet “dollars to donuts” that we will rather soon learn that after his father died the family sought and obtained every kind of Federal government assistance beginning with Aid for Families With Dependent Children (AFDC). I would also not rule out food stamps, Section 8 housing, etc.
- Presenting the prospective VEEP is one of the most important events in a Presidential campaign. Was the decision to do it at 9 a.m. on a Saturday part of a master plan to introduce Ryan when a third of the country was likely to be sound asleep?