So Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did it. He picked his running mate and future vice president, Wisconsin’s U.S. Representative Paul Ryan.
It was a good choice, for a number of reasons, not least of which is that Ryan automatically appeases and even excites the conservative base, much like Sarah Palin did for John McCain back in 2008. (Fortunately, this similarity doesn’t at all indicate the likelihood of a parallel fate, since Mitt Romney does have some semblance of a spine in the political arena. The only time that McCain showed his fighting spirit was when attacking his own party.)
Whereas many conservatives were hesitant or even downright hostile towards the idea of voting for Romney, they can rest a bit easier with Ryan as VP, token though that position can still largely be.
Ryan is, after all, the man who presented the nation with a plan to cut current national costs and the federal deficit in a responsible and even compassionate manner, regardless of what spendthrift liberals like to say. He’s proven that he can stand up for what he believes before the naysaying, hard-hitting, downright lying media, and he can do it with grace, poise and articulation.
And, of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eyes.
That’s not to say that looks should matter but, come on, they do… Let’s face the facts. My liberal aunt in California, for instance, didn’t vote for Bill Clinton because “he looks like an ape” but did vote for him the second time around because “he’s really rather handsome.”
Personally, I think her first assessment was much more accurate. Then again, I vote based on conviction, research and common sense, not how a person weighs on the attractive meter.
Call me old-fashioned, but it’s a recognition that Obama has been bad for this country and hope that we can still turn this nation around that has me voting for the Romney-Ryan Republican ticket this fall.