Dear Readers: While I doubt I will add anything new into the discussion of Mitt Romney’s pick of fiscally savvy Congressman Paul Ryan for being his Vice Presidential teammate, I did want to share a few worthy links that highlight my delight and enthusiasm for the choice. Numbers do not lie, and this race is going to be oriented on a subject that I see no evidence that Obama ever passed in school: MATH.
The first link is to Tammy Bruce, who has a special report on this development that is open to the public: Public Podcast: Special Report==> Paul Ryan Selected for VP She, like myself, were not anticipating such a bold choice. But, the arrangement forces Americans to make a clear and stark choice this November: Fiscal responsibility or economic disaster. Math does not lie.
Fellow SLOB KT Cat has these enthusiastic words:
What a fantastic VP pick by Mitt Romney. Ryan was my #1 choice by miles. With the Ryan pick, Romney is forcing the debate on our out-of-control spending and total capitulation on the budget process. While Barack Obama is running ads accusing Mitt Romney of killing women with cancer, Mitt is picking a guy with the courage to take on our totally unsustainable entitlement spending.
Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as his VP, ending months of speculation, has me both nervous and delighted. Nervous, because I am by nature conservative about risk and would have gone with Portman or McDonnell from a pure electoral math perspective. … I am delighted because this has the potential to be a game changer in a different way that Palin was a game changer (which I still believe was a great pick at the time.) …
Ryan is also the voice of the next generation. Brother blogger Dean has voiced his belief that a new battle has been joined in which his generation will have to fight for the future of America. Paul Ryan is a member of that generation and young enough to know that without true reform, the federal deficit will wreck his generation’s ability to have any semblance of a retirement. Picking Ryan signals that Romney is ready to take on the serious issues of governing that will face this nation in the next four years.
That the uber-leftists and progressive media types are howling is indicative they were NOT prepared for an innovative choice. For example, Andrea Mitchell (mindlessly promoting the War on Women meme) said: “This is a base election. This is not a pick for suburban moms, this is not a pick for women.”
You know, Andrea is absolutely right. This is a pick for EVERY AMERICAN. Romney made the choice in November transparently clear. In fact, many women are thrilled, including Lipstick Underground, who has this: ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 T-SHIRTS DESIGNED BY A WOMAN FOR WOMEN.
Because math does NOT have to be ugly!
W.C. Varones, a long-time libertarian, is also delighted with Ryan’s selection: It’s a bold choice. Most folks thought Romney was a wimp and would go for a safe choice like Rob Portman. Ryan has actually proposed a budget plan (something the Senate Democrats haven’t done for years), which leaves him open to the Democrat attack machine about what might get cut. They’ll try to scare seniors in particular that he wants to take away their Medicare. He also offers the “Graphic of the Day” (to the right):
My New York friend, Lonely Conservative, sums up our opponents views on the choice nicely:
In short, don’t listen to the Democrats on TV. They’re freaking out, just like Obama.
Oh, and did I mention that Romney raised over $2 million after the announcement by this afternoon?
Their snark is in direct proportion to their desperation. However, our side does snark extremely well, too — but this snark is tinged with joy. For example, citizen activists everywhere are looking forward to the Biden/Ryan debate on Oct. 11th, as the Twitter trending topic #BidenDebateLines.
Besides the snark, the other sign that the extreme left did NOT see this coming is the fact they immediately played the race card, as noted by Professor Jacobson/Legal Insurrection.It shows that the “granny of the cliff” meme is such a loser that this nasty bit of business has immediately been launched. Ryan’s supposed racist crime: Using the term “anchor baby“. Despite the left’s recent revision, the original and sane definition has no racial overtones. But, this sort of thing is going to be seen as elevated by the time Nov. 6th rolls around.
Paul Rahe sums up my take on today nicely: Romeny’s Declaration of War.
I have predicted that Romney will win by a landslide. The choice of Paul Ryan means that Romney has chosen the path that will maximize the significance of his victory and its impact on the races for seats in the House and Senate. As in 1980, this is going to be a national election — in which local particularities count for much less than usual.
American Thinker offers the following take: Triumph of Math.
Number rules the universe.
And the electoral numbers are going to send a loud message that will reverberate all the way to Washington, D.C.
CANTO TALK UPDATE:
Please click HERE for a podcast of Silvio Canto’s great BlogTalkRadio.com show, in which I discuss “Tea Party Democrats” and the devolution of the Democratic Party with Silvio and his guest, Frank Burke. I go into detail about specific Tea Party difficulties with Republican party elites, discuss what a “Palin Democrat” is doing as a citizen activist, and history buffs may enjoy my rendition of the atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki (a story that often gets overlooked in the wake of Hiroshima).
Silvio and his guest tonight, Clayton Cramer, discuss the Ryan pic entertainingly and in detail!