I expect the worst in life, that way I'm not disappointed when the wheels fall off the truck. If things turn out better than I expected, then I can breathe a sigh of relief. So while I'm cautious going into to November with Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket, there are some positive signs that we're nearly done with President Obama.
Trying to put the best face on the Romney campaign, I've come up with 20 reasons why Paul Ryan was a good VP pick. I'm sure there are those reading this list who will come up with a list of reasons why Ryan was not a good pick. I'm trying to be positive, which is against my nature:
- Paul Ryan is not Joe Biden.
- Romney Ryan sounds like Ronald Reagan.
- Liberals hate him.
- Democrat political operative and CNN contributor (naturally) James Carville was critical of Paul Ryan because he didn’t wear a tie during the VP announcement. You know the Democrats are worried if a news segment was devoted to what Ryan was wearing.
- He’s making liberals go insane. Russell Simmons, who is worth $340 million and owned a 49,000-square-foot home, tweeted: “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, two men who will destroy our people.”
- Romney/Ryan raised $3.5 million dollars in one day after the announcement. Money is an indicator of voter enthusiasm.
- More than 10,000 people attended a campaign rally In North Carolina. This wasn’t a union “rent-a-mob.”
- More than 10,000 people turned out to welcome Paul Ryan back to Wisconsin. Neither Romney nor Ryan wore a tie.
- A fundraiser in Chicago for Obama resulted in a half-full room.
- Obama and Co. immediately went on the attack. I think they’re surprised that Romney made such a bold move with a conservative.
- He knows how to debate.
- He’s not a wimp.
- He’ll stand up to the liberal media. Not a hard thing to do if a person decides to do it.
- He drove the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile and worked at McDonalds. This shows that he can relate to people who work for a living and that he had more private sector work experience than President Obama.
- He’s pro-life. He co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act and Right to Life Act.
- A National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) “press release being circulated by Democrats and women’s groups” accuses the Catholic, pro-life Ryan with “extreme” anti-abortion views.
- He’s against homosexual marriage. “He has voted in favor of the Marriage protection act, twice in favor of an amendment to the Constitution to define marriage, and against the repeal of the military's ‘don't ask, don’t tell’ policy.”
- Libertarians should like Ryan for this statement: “I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It's inspired me so much that it's required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff."
- Hopefully Ryan will help pull Romney more to the right.
- The Tea Party is enthusiastic. “This absolutely brings excitement to the ticket," said Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, who said she her reaction was "Wow!" when she heard the news. "This gives us something to vote for rather than voting against (incumbent Democratic U.S. President Barack) Obama.”
Bonus 21: The New Republic reports that "Paul Ryan Kills Off Moderate Republicanism For Good."Notes:
- Ryan does hold to the exception clause in the event that the pregnant woman’s life is in danger. As anybody familiar with this topic knows, there are few if any such dangers today. Any good doctor would attempt to save the life of the mother and the unborn baby. [↩]