On August 10th, 2012, I told you that Mitt Romney is not running for President….. The very next day, on August 11th, 2012, Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as the next President of the United States.
YouTube Link => youtu.be/X2jMViSW0x0
New York Times: “Romney Chooses Ryan, Pushing Fiscal Issues to the Forefront”
To be fair, Romney’s “gaffe” (basically, whenever a politician says something that works against him or her, it’s called a ‘gaffe’ or ‘mistake’, like when a dude tries to explain why he ****** some other chick, and tells his girlfriend or wife “I made a mistake”, or “It just happened!”) occurs 8 minutes and 20 seconds into that video, and at 1 minute, 40 seconds into that video, Romney says “It’s an honor to announce my running mate, and the next Vice President of the United States, Paul Ryan”.
Also interesting in that video, to social media nerds, is the fact that C-SPAN included in their lower-3rd graphics the hashtag #mittvp, which obviously stands for “Mitt Romney’s Vice President”, but could also invoke “Mitt Romney for Vice President”.
Initially, I thought Paul Ryan was going to be a good selection as VP, because he’s the author of “The Path To Prosperity: A Blueprint For American Renewal”, which you can read for yourself, from this link on his website -> paulryan.house.gov/uploadedfiles/pathtoprosperity2013.pdf
The reason I felt that way is because up until now, Ryan has been standing up for his beliefs, which Romney does not.
The way it was supposed to work is Romney continues his wishy-washy dodging of direct answers to direct questions that matter to the American people whom he’s hoping will elect him, and Ryan drops the hammer with facts and statistics on why The Ryan Plan is better than President Obama’s direction for our country.
The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise was the Republican Party’s budget proposal for the United States federal government in the fiscal year 2012. It was succeeded in March 2012 by [The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal], the Republican budget proposal for 2013.
Representative Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, played a prominent public role in drafting and promoting both The Path to Prosperity proposals, and they are therefore often referred to as the Ryan budget, Ryan plan, Ryan proposal, etc.
The plans stand in contrast to the 2012 and 2013 budget proposals, outlined by President Barack Obama and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
This is useful because, similar to many, many, many, many, many issues.. Mitt Romney claims to have a plan for the American budget, but actually does not.
He can’t have a plan for the budget because he isn’t allowed to.
Ain’t that type-a party.
As Grover Norquist said:
YouTube Link => youtu.be/Kl0bmgHc9Pk
Norquist: “We are not interviewing for Fearless Leader. We don’t need a President to tell us which way to go. We want the Paul Ryan budget, which cuts spending 6 trillion dollars… [snip] We just need a President to sign this stuff.
We don’t need someone to think it up, or design it. We have a House and a Senate… The leadership now, for the modern Conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.
So focus on electing the most Conservative Republican who can win in each House seat, and the most Conservative Republican who can win in each Senate seat, and then pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become the President of the United States.“
So, Romney is specifically prohibited from taking solid stances on issues, because that isn’t in his job description.
Romney is the “Front Man”.. The dude with “enough working digits to handle a pen”, and the designated anti-Obama cheerleader.
We saw how far (not very) that role got Michele Bachmann.
Here is the entire Fox News interview of Paul Ryan by Brit Hume, from yesterday, August 14, 2012:
YouTube Link => youtu.be/1lpwVFdQL_s
The interesting thing about that interview is that there are times when Ryan speaks quickly and decisively, and is obviously flowing.. and there are times when he stumbles and bumbles when trying to answer questions.
The stumbles occur when he tries to explain Romney’s plan.
Ryan is articulate when he’s explaining his own plan and the concepts and philosophies behind it.
Another point that was brought up by MSNBC’S Chris Matthews is that Romney is animated when he’s around Ryan, and deflated when he isn’t, so they’re better off campaigning together instead of splitting up in an attempt to cover more ground in the ~90 days left until the United States Presidential election.
Here’s the thing… Romney vs. Obama was not a clear choice in policies, because a) Obamacare *is* Romneycare, enacted on a Federal level, as opposed to a State level, and because Romney isn’t allowed to state any of his positions because it isn’t in his job description, so all he’s willing to say is “What President Obama is doing is bad. I will do something different”.
There was no reason for Romney to say EXACTLY WHAT he would do differently, because he’s merely a cheerleader, sent to say “Obama is bad” every day in front of the television cameras.
The Republican hope, all the way back from when Mitch McConnell told you to your face that he and the rest of the Republicans were going to do everything they could to cockblock Obama, was that their efforts would result in Americans feeling like *ANYBODY* would be a better selection for President than Barack Obama.
Unfortunately for them, even with their obstructionist tactics, the American economy has been sloooooowly getting better over time.
If their fantasy dreams would have panned out, Romney would have selected a VP running mate like Marco Rubio, in an attempt to pander to Hispanic voters, whom, according to the polls are about to vote for Obama in November in a landslide.
Since it didn’t work out the way they planned it, Romney had to select Ryan to run for Vice President, instead of Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty.
This is because the November 2012 Presidential election is going to be decided by the American Independent voters:
An independent voter, those who register as an unaffiliated voter in the United States, is a voter of a democratic country who does not align him- or herself with a political party. Independents are variously defined as a voter who votes for candidates and issues rather than on the basis of a political ideology or partisanship; a voter who does not have long-standing loyalty to, or identification with, a political party; a voter who does not usually vote for the same political party from election to election; or a voter who self-describes as an independent.
Somehow.. Roughly 40% of Americans identify as Republicans in polls and 40% identify as Democrats, leaving the election up to two issues: a) Do more people that identify with a particular party live in this particular state?, and b) Are there enough Independents in this state to override the differential between the parties?
This is why there are states labeled “Swing States” -> elections.nytimes.com/2012/electoral-map
In this election, the Swing States are Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada.. Most of which are known to some as “Flyover States” because we never actually go to them.. We just FLY OVER them as we’re traveling to our actual destinations.
Other states like New York, Illinois, and California are definitely going to Obama.
Other states, like Texas, Georgia, and Wyoming are definitely going to Ryan.
The swing states are a toss-up and will be determined by whether they believe Obama or Ryan has the better plan for America to move forward in the next 4 years.
The *ONLY* way Republicans will defeat President Obama in the November 2012 Presidential election is by solidly stating that they have a plan, proving that that plan will work, and proving that Americans would be better off following the Republican blueprint.
They only have 83 days left to make this point.
They’ve already squandered the entire previous 365 days, bickering amongst themselves and nominating Romney as the best of the worst candidates they could have fielded this cycle, so there’s no reason for me to believe they’re going to suddenly change gears and do better in the remaining 3 months.
They really don’t have time to be stumbling and bumbling about what they think, at this point.
Negative Campaigning is not going to work. They’re preaching to the choir.
There are Democrats that are going to vote for Obama *REGARDLESS* of what you say about him.
There are Republicans that are going to vote for Ryan *REGARDLESS* of what you say about him.
It’s the rest of the people that they have to convince.. The ones that are currently undecided.. The ones that want to vote for someone whom they feel has the country’s best interests at heart, *AND* has a viable plan to make what they’re trying to sell us actually materialize.
Mitt Romney doesn’t stand for anything, AT ALL, so adding Paul Ryan to the ticket was a good idea, to make sure that the Republican Conservatives didn’t stay home on election day, causing Romney to lose by more votes than will be necessary.
However.. Now that Ryan’s down, he’s going to have to play his position for the next three months and STAND. ON. ISSUES, or else there’s no hope at all of a Republican win in 2012, and they’ll have to try again against Hillary in 2016.