At first, I thought Romney had made a mistake. Most of the political wisdom that I had heard said that he would pick Senator Marco Rubio. Not only is Rubio a great pick because of his own achievements, but this could give Romney a chance to pick up some Hispanic support, as it would be the first time in American history that a Hispanic was on the ticket from one of the two dominant political parties. It’s a cynical notion, but a fact of life in American politics. Rubio could also deliver Florida with its electoral votes, which Romney needs to counter Obama in the Democrat strongholds of New York, California, and of course, his home state of Massachusetts.
My first reaction was to think that Romney had made an error in his choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. Not because I do not respect and think highly of Paul Ryan, but I thought that this made the ticket bland.
Paul Ryan has a talent that so many Republicans who run for president or vice president seem to lack. This is the ability to communicate effectively. I have felt this way about George H. W. Bush, obviously his son George W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain, and certainly Sarah Palin. Two republicans who have run for the nomination who have the ability to spar with the left-stream political types with their allies in their media branch offices like ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, etc. have been Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani, but their quests ended in defeat. Romney has chosen well and one thing that has been made clear is that Ryan does not get the deer-in-the-headlights look that was made so famous by Dan Quayle and amplified considerably by George W. Bush and Sarah Palin. Romney does understand that the aforementioned left-wing media branch offices of the Democrat party cannot portray Ryan as a gaffe machine. Remember how so many in the media ignore the gaffes that Obama makes, like recently when he called for paralegals and not paramedics to attend to someone who needed medical aid at one of his rallies?
Congressman Ryan brings the ability to convey information effectively, and he and Romney will be able to make this an election about the two very different visions of the future. The Romney-Ryan team’s message of personal achievement and the dignity of working and supporting yourself versus the Obama-Biden-Wasserman-Schultz team and its message of gloom, despair, redistribution, envy, and dependency. This will be a clear choice about the kind of country the American people want. This is the kind of issues focused election that we need. Mr. Romney, you made a good choice.