Well, yesterday I was urging him to pick Paul Ryan as his 'Veep' and today he has done so! But I suppose I should start with an apology because also yesterday I had the temerity to doubt that he would. Obviously it is not wise to underestimate Mr. Romney! A few weeks ago I quoted from an article in The American Spectator by Quin Hillyer and, just in case, I kept it on record. Hillyer chose six suitable candidates for the job and Ryan was one of them. However, he put two, not including Ryan, "in a class of their own". This is part of his summary in favour of Ryan:
Even before Paul Ryan morphed from impressive young congressman to conservative superstar, I was touting him back in 2008 among the four best choices for vice president. He would remain a superb choice. He can explain Republican budget and entitlement positions better than almost anybody out there, in terms almost anybody can understand; he knows how to attract blue-collar votes; and he might help Romney finally snatch Wisconsin for Republicans at the presidential level. (My emphasis)
That is exactly and precisely what the Romney campaign needs, and it should even please the grumpy, old 'Kraut' who, as I mentioned in my previous post, was demanding that Romney should inject some ideology into his campaign. Ryan, according to Hillyer, can do exactly that and as his speciality is the field of economic and financial strategy, that is precisely where ideology and practical politics meet and merge.
There is one other tremendous advantage in Romney's choice. If Romney wins there is a young heir apparent ready to carry the torch further into the future. If Romney loses, it still leaves Ryan well-placed to challenge in four years time. If Ryan won in 2016, he could undo most of the worst damage likely to be inflicted on the USA by yet another rotten, corrupt and corrupting Democrat political machine led by a clueless glove-puppet. And if the American people are dumb enough to re-elect Obama, then let us hope they are wise enough to turn both Houses Republican so as to stymie his worst efforts. However, in such a case, it would probably allow him to pick another Supreme Court Justice (or two?) and that would be a disaster whose effects would last for decades.
This link takes you to an interesting insight into the 'Romney way' as developed by him during his tenure of Bain Capital:
Worth a read.