First, the disclaimers: (1) I’m rooting for Romney and (2) I was hoping for Marco Rubio.
As H.L. Menchken is oft-quoted:
“No one ever went broke or lost office underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
I think the majority of people who vote are poorly informed – accepting politicians’ focus group tested talking points — and cast their votes based on habit, group association or superficial candidate characteristics.
So, I figured that Rubio – a cool, good looking, young, articulate Latin guy – could deliver Florida, sway some Hispanics and make some single women swoon.
In other words, strictly a vote-getting maneuver.
Morning after, I like the Ryan pick.
He’s squeaky clean. The Team Obama muckrakers will go crazy trying to find dirt on the guy.
He’s very smart … knows the details, not just the storylines … won’t get Palinized
He’s very articulate … he’ll shred Biden in the VP debate … in fact, I’d love to see him go up against Obama with a neutral moderator (think back to Ryan’s performance in the infamous healthcare summit).
He’s all-Midwest … an area the GOP has to win … puts Wisconsin in play.
He’s Catholic … maybe the bishops will stand behind him on freedom of religion
Fiscal conservatives love him … remember 2010?
What’s the downside?
Dust off the “throw Granny over the cliff ad”.
Here’s my take: Medicare is the GOP’s equivalent of Brer Rabbit’s briar patch.
I think they want it on the table.
But, you say, they’ll lose seniors.
Not so fast.
I think that bomb will be easy to diffuse … and as a bonus, it puts ObamaCare back in play:
If you are on Medicare, your benefits will not be cut. Period
In fact, Romney & I will do our best to repeal ObamaCare and restore the $500 billion of Medicare cuts that are in the law.
Think about it.
What good is Medicare if doctors stop accepting Medicare patients?
What good is Medicare if some Washington bureaucrat decides that you’re too old to get your bad hip replaced?
Romney & I won’t let that happen. Period.
I think that this is going to get interesting …