OK. I don’t really think of myself as a political junkie – but compared to many of my friends and acquaintances – I am one!
What has my interest at this time is Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as a running mate. In many ways he’s what the Republican Party needs: young, Tea Party acceptable, a real tax wonk, and a Catholic (did I say that out loud?). He’s also not what the party needs, he’s white, from the Midwest, and because of his economic proposals in the House, fodder for the Dems. And the real $64,000 question — will he help Mitt get elected?
I don’t think Ryan changes the needle that much. He plays to the party faithful (or most of them) and he will help bring some of the folks in the middle to the Grand Old Party – but it’s still the Other Guy’s race to lose. President Obama continues to play the populist, and I for one think that there are too many folks out there who don’t trust business types and will vote for the guy who seems to protect the underdog. Although I may have some issues which would make me a hippie, leftist, tree hugger to some, I still feel that a balanced form of capitalism (not free of all regulation) is best for economic growth and that Mr. Romney and Ryan can help us curtail many – but not all – the woes that have been set upon us. The mess that we are presently living (economic, social, etc.) was years in the making and is not going to be fixed in one term by a new administration. That’s going to take Congress and a whole lot of their constituents to fix – and as a country, are we willing to do what’s right – rather than what is convenient?