Romney picks a running mate, and it's.... Paul Ryan? WTF?
I have to admit a certain fascination with American politics - it's certainly far more entertaining and vibrant (Perhaps Lurid?) than politics closer to home, so I've been following the Presidential race a fair bit so far, and found this interesting.
So, it's been announced that from a field of candidates, Romney has chosen member of the house Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wi) to be his running mate. Ryan was, of course, a rising Republican star, a Tea Party darling and a major player in the budget crisis last year, being in charge of creating the Republican budget plan - a plan known mostly because of how much it stunk, and how it tried to change out Medicare from guaranteed healthcare for pensioners to a voucher system, which would have seen many retirees unable to procure health insurance. Even though he promised not to go after those already receiving Medicare, just strip benefits from new retirees, it still was extremely unpopular with seniors. It also basically wanted to take away most of the progressive tax system in favour of two flat levels - so the poor would end up having higher taxes, while the rich would receive lower taxes, as well as lowering corporate taxes. That budget ended up getting shot down by both sides of the aisle, even Republicans hated it because of how much it hurt their chances with older Americans who make up a significant proportion of their base.
It seems a strange choice for Romney to go a hard right tea partier for his running mate, rather than someone with a broader appeal. Obviously it's Romney playing towards the Republican base trying to shore up support (as he's disliked by a significant proportion of it), but even then, Ryan seems like a poor choice, as his record on Medicare will make him a liability with seniors. Perhaps his choice is being dictated in some way by more right wing party leaders and donors, who might prefer Ryan's Randist philosophy and his advocacy for lowering tax rates on high income earners.
Anyway, I can't really see this choice ending up any better than Sarah Palin did. What are your thoughts?
It's all in the name.
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