THE HAND OF GOD?
By: John LeBoutillier
Mitt Romneys selection of Paul Ryan to be his running mate will not
help Romney win the election. Romney has run such a poor campaign that it is now doubtful
he is going to win barring an economic collapse even though this is an
entirely winnable election.
Romney has run one of the worst challenger campaigns in the modern political
era. From his poor, message-less speeches and empty interviews to the self-created mess of
Cayman-Swiss bank accounts/un-revealed income taxes/Bain/offshore jobs, he has sabotaged
his own chances of ever being President.
He now realizes this; a month ago he was basically tied with Obama and thus refused to
gamble with ideas or a positive message. Then, beginning with his fiasco of a trip to
Europe, his poll numbers have begun to collapse. His staff has been in panic since early
Thus, the Veep pick. Instead of a safe choice, i.e. Senator Rob Portman, with a chance
to help electorally in Ohio, Team Romney knew it had to throw a Hail Mary pass and hope it
re-jiggers the entire race.
Enter Paul Ryan, an ultra-serious heavyweight on the exploding budget and debt issues.
The Ryan Budget is his baby and it is indeed controversial. It will soon become a
central point in the Presidential and Congressional races.
Here is where The Hand of God may now be in this campaign: the underlying governmental
problem we face is our inability to get ahold of federal spending especially Social
Security and Medicare.
For decades candidates have been told not to talk about these two
programs. They are the third rails of American politics. So both parties have
avoided the reality of exploding debt and bad demographics aiming to bankrupt us all
fairly soon. Instead, all these candidates care about is saving their own skin and
Paul Ryan has had the courage to not only talk about them but to offer future
solutions. Maybe they are not the right solutions; thats for the American people to
decide. But the first step in saving/fixing these entitlements is to talk about them. The
American people deserve a full airing of the financial situation. Then, an informed
electorate can decide.
Mitt Romney, for the political reasons articulated above, needed a game-changer and
selected Paul Ryan. The result may very well be that it does not help the GOP win this
year; in fact, the controversial Ryan Budget will now certainly become an issue in several
key Senate races and we may not re-gain control of the Senate for that very reason.
But for the future of America at least the key budget issues are going to
be put front and center into the public sphere.