Let Paul Ryan Be Paul Ryan

Alright, I just finished watching the announcement and speeches from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan thanks to the invaluable Right Scoop. I’ve said a lot of this on Twitter lately, but now I want to go beyond 140 characters.

First off, it’s an exciting pick for me as it was my pick for Veep. There were a lot of arguments pro- and con- on whether the pick should be Paul Ryan and both were sound. The main argument against was that wouldn’t we be better served with Ryan in the Congress where he eventually become the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and maybe even Speaker of the House? That’s a lot of maybes and I think it’s analogous to resting a pitcher for Game 7 of the World Series. This election in November is like Game 6 with us down 3 games to 2. We don’t win Game 6, there will be no Game 7. (IFYKWIMAITWD)

Paul Ryan became a household name for conservatives when he ate the President’s lunch at the Health Care Summit. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he would not be the Vice Presidential nominee were it not for that meeting and President Obama’s 6 minutes of hell:


Ironically, when President Obama offered up this summit to the GOP, many of us were saying in our best Admiral Ackbar voices “It’s a trap!” We had every reason to believe it so, but were stunned to find out the usually bumbling GOP had a trap of its own in Paul Ryan who displayed his wealth of knowledge on budgetary issues and thus a star was born.

Now that he is the pick, I beg and plead with the Romney campaign to let Paul Ryan be Paul Ryan. Some have joked that with all his charts and graphs he’s a like a Ross Perot Jr. You know what, despite the fact that Perot became a staple of Saturday Night Live fodder, a lot of people loved Perot and his charts and graphs. It resonated. Let Paul Ryan debate Joe Biden with a huge stack of papers, let him spout statistic after statistic to the MSM. Let him kill our opponents, not with kindness, but with knowledge.

I’m not so arrogant as to believe I speak for most people in the country or even in the conservative movement, but a pick like Paul Ryan gives a pessimist like me a glimmer of hope that we can turn this around. It’s easy to dismiss the MSM, but Romney needed a running mate like who knows how to handle Brian Williams and Chuck Todd and Charlie Gibson and all the others that will pepper Ryan with false premise after false premise. You need a running mate that can look them square in the eye and say “You’re premise is wrong. Here’s why:”

Ryan gave a pretty good speech today, full of the usual applause lines, but then in about the last 3 minutes he served up some red meat that was most pleasing to the palate:

The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:
We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!
We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility!
We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them!
We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:
What kind of country do we want to have?
What kind of people do we want to be?
We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.
Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I’m excited for what lies ahead and I’m thrilled to be a part of America’s Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done. Thank you.

This is our last stand. Romney/Ryan have to give it everything they’ve got. Don’t fear the MSM, don’t fear the smears. Spread the message and fight.

Why Paul Ryan Needs To Be Vice President

If this election is about the economy, about getting rid of a socialist ideologue, than is there any better spokesman for that fight than Congress Paul Ryan? He spoke to AEI yesterday about “Obama 3:16“:

Every now and then, he pierces the veil. He’s usually pretty coy about his ideology, but he lets the veil slip from time to time. … His straw man argument is this ridiculous caricature where he’s trying to say if you want any security in life, you stick with me. If you go with these Republicans, they’re going to feed you to the wolves because they believe in some Hobbesian state of nature, and it’s one or the other which is complete bunk, absolutely ridiculous. But it seems to be the only way he thinks he can make his case. He’s deluded himself into thinking that his so-called enemies are these crazy individualists who believe in some dog-eat-dog society when what he’s really doing is basically attacking people like entrepreneurs and stacking up a list of scapegoats to blame for his failures.

His comments seem to derive from a naive vision of a government-centered society and a government-directed economy. It stems from an idea that the nucleus of society and the economy is government not the people. … It is antithetical to the American idea. We believe in free communities, and this is a statist attack on free communities. … As all of his big government spending programs fail to restore jobs and growth, he seems to be retreating into a statist vision of government direction and control of a free society that looks backward to the failed ideologies of the 20th century.

This is not a Bill Clinton Democrat. He’s got this very government-centric, old 20th century collectivist philosophy which negates the American experiment which is people living in communities, supporting one another, having government stick to its limits so it can do its job really well … Those of us who are conservative believe in government, we just believe government has limits. We want government to do what it does well and respect its limits so civil society and families can flourish on their own and do well and achieve their potential.

As a side note, if Romney tabs Ryan to be his running mate, Obama will have only himself to blame. Remember it was Obama that inadvertently made Ryan a star when he invited the Republicans to the Health Care Summit and Ryan ate the President’s lunch.

GOP Victorious In Health Care Smack-Down

I was listening to talk radio the other day and heard Democrat strategist Pat Caddell talking about the latest political news. He made the point that yes the Republicans are probably gonna win big this November but that their victory will be by default and that they’ve done nothing to earn votes except for the fact that they’re not Democrats. While I disagree with some of his reasoning, his overall point is correct.

That is, until today.

The Republicans accepted the invitation to hold a round-table discussion with President Obama and the Democrats on health care, live on television. Many said ‘Don’t do it, it’s a trap!’ And, of course, it was a trap and we had good reason to believe the Republicans weren’t smart enough for this political battle. Well, even the best of us were wrong. The Republicans, like any good NFL team, had a great game-plan and executed it beautifully. In other words, today at long last they earned their forthcoming votes.

And it appears the GOP has a new star in one Paul Ryan: