Mitt Romney's act of desperation
|Let's make this election about you and what you stand for, Paul. Can't go wrong... right?|
Conservatives are wetting themselves with glee, but Mitt Romney's selection of right-wing Republican wunderkind Paul Ryan as his running mate is nothing if not an act of desperation.
Sure, there will be an initial boost -- mostly conservatives who are suspicious of or outright dislike Romney, coming back into the fold, along with some fiscally conservative independents who don't know any better -- but it won't last. As Charles Pierce wrote:
Paul Ryan is an authentically dangerous zealot. He does not want to reform entitlements. He wants to eliminate them. He wants to eliminate them because he doesn't believe they are a legitimate function of government. He is a smiling, aw-shucks murderer of opportunity, a creator of dystopias in which he never will have to live. This now is an argument not over what kind of political commonwealth we will have, but rather whether or not we will have one at all, because Paul Ryan does not believe in the most primary institution of that commonwealth: our government. The first three words of the Preamble to the Constitution make a lie out of every speech he's ever given. He looks at the country and sees its government as something alien that is holding down the individual entrepreneurial genius of 200 million people, and not as their creation, and the vehicle through which that genius can be channelled for the general welfare.