If this is considered one of the riskier picks that Governor Romney could make for the 2012 GOP presidential ticket, it displays just how close-to-the-vest and safe the Republicans have collectively approached November.
Let’s face it, folks: picking Congressman Paul Ryan for the #2 slot on the 2012 GOP presidential ticket was not as hard as people think.
Neither was it risky. In fact, it allowed Governor Mitt Romney to make a move that, albeit seen as “risky” by several pundits and media types, is as risk-averse as possible with the biggest bang for his buck.
By selecting the 7-term, 42-year-old Cheesehead Congressman for the vice presidential post on the 2012 ticket, Governor Romney is providing himself the opportunity to mix the very best of most sides of the VP selection tug-of-war that he faced over the past few months. By going with one of the faces of the GOP’s future, Romney gets a chance to tap into youthful energy akin to what Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) would have brought to the ticket, especially considering the RNC’s convention romp to Tampa later this month.
Articulate, likable, and poised, Ryan brings qualities to the now-established Romney-Ryan 2012 ticket that the former Massachusetts governor sorely needs.
These factors do not take into consideration the Tea Party factor in the decision that seals this move as a good one for the Romney camp. Although well-respected as a Washington insider, Senator Portman is not nearly as known within Tea Party circles, the very sets of political energy that Republicans need to continue the successes of 2009 and 2010 elections. Although acknowledged as a two-term governor of a traditionally-blue state, Governor Pawlenty had already proven his lukewarm acceptance by red-hot passionate conservatives. Just the same, although Rubio is the one of two Florida-based politicians that used the Tea Party momentum to overcome long odds on the way to Washington (with the other being Congressman Allen West), his short time in Washington would basically eliminate one of Mr. Romney’s staple statements: that President Obama may be a nice guy, but he is simply in over his head due to his lack of real-world and federal experiences. Paul Ryan is the best candidate to give Mitt Romney a chance to leverage both youth, experience, and genuine grassroots excitement within the political right.
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