I’ve been feeling pretty old lately. Whiny and narcissistic maybe, but old just the same. My body has taken a pretty bad beating over the years, but I am still young enough to remember how it felt off the showroom floor. I’m going back to college late in life, and most of the people there are much younger than I am.
I feel old.
Paul Ryan has been confirmed as Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick this morning, and everyone is talking about how young and energetic he is.
Could he be TOO young, they wonder..?
At 42, Paul Ryan is slightly older than I am.
Yeah… I’m hating THAT guy..!
But all jokes aside, everyone is wondering this morning how this will affect the Romney campaign, and the pundit in me is no different.
Politically, this is easy. Ryan is a heavy-hitter in the House of Representatives. So influential, in fact, that many pundits like me wondered aloud over the last few weeks if it would be detrimental to the party as a whole to take him away from that position.
Looking back, that was perhaps a foolish argument. The House is in no real danger of falling to the Democrats, even if Ryan’s Wisconsin seat is lost to them, which is by no means a fait accompli. Ryan would still be in a position to hold great influence in the House, while at the same time he would become President of the Senate, even if the position exists historically as a tie-breaker.
A policy wonk like Ryan would utilize the Vice Presidency like none before him.
This move also sets up the Romney campaign in a positive way. It allows them to hit Obama/Biden on a policy level with a great deal of credibility; something they have otherwise failed to accomplish. Obama won’t want to go toe-to-toe with Ryan in a policy debate, and he sure isn’t going to want Joe Biden to do it!
Expect Obama’s campaign to go even more negative, which leads me to my only real concern about Ryan’s VP nod:
Ryan has already been demonized in the media. They REALLY don’t like him. I suspect that they will resent the fact that they can not call him stupid, as they have with pretty much every Republican in my lifetime, including Ronald Reagan. But they have already had some success at portraying Ryan as a heartless Republican throwing Grandma down the stairs.
I have to wonder, with Romney’s negatives at this point, if another guy with similar issues was the way to go. I hate to bring race into it, but we all know that the Democrats will, so… Now we have two “rich white guys who hate minorities and want to take the goodie bags away from those poor people Obama shelters with such loving care”.
That makes me a bit antsy. It also makes me nauseous just having typed it.
The media won’t have a choice but to talk about how serious a choice this is, and that will give off a lot of credibility going in, but how long will it take before they flip the switch and go full negative..?
We have to be ready for that.
EDIT: Ryan himself is already proving that he will indeed be ready! What a great choice for VP! The rest of us need to be ready, too! I couldn’t be more excited…