It’s not college football yet this Saturday. Sad face. But MR is announcing his pick for VEEP. Who will it be? Update: It’s REP. PAUL RYAN. My initial political take: Good Call, Romney. We shall see how it plays but as of this moment the race is:
The colossal disappointment/gregarious drunk ticket versus the Adult/Adult ticket.
I said in a lengthy comment here the other day that – like it or not – Ryan is the type of politician who represents our medium term future. In so much as Obama 08 was a mass, last-ditch, desperate, delusion – Ryan is an acknowledgement of reality. He’s a coming to. His coolness under fire may evoke real hope. Hope based on solutions, not emotionalism and denial. Nope, you don’t have to like the solutions, and many who don’t will support this ticket. (See 2010.) The hope will be akin to the moment when a financial mess gets through a meeting with a financial advisor and realizes there is a way out, or the moment an alcoholic walks into a gregarious AA meeting and realizes its neither a cult or a church.
He’s also the first real Generation Xer on a major party ticket. Obama does not count as in many ways he’s not one of us. Whereever he was born, he’s not from here. If you’ve questioned him for 4 years you know this. If you’ve never questioned him know this: The man you like exists mostly in your head. (Go ahead, call me racist, then go f**k yourself.) In Ryan’s case the expression of generational let down after the boomers did not morph into cynicism, it became about problem solving. If he holds up for the next few months this will act as a balm.
The attacks on Ryan will be of the ‘make Grandma eat cat food’ variety. We’ll see if they work. This is largely dependent on how Ryan handles the scorching klieg lights of a national campaign.