It looks like game over for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. Romney, apparently suffering under the delusion that he is still competing for the Republican nomination for President and needs to shore up his right wing support, has chosen congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate. It’s Romney/Ryan 2012.
All across America this morning, people woke up to the sound of their spouses slapping their foreheads as they read the news. It’s a mind bogglingly idiotic move on the part of the Romney campaign, stupid on the scale of John McCain choosing Sarah Palin.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has already been suffering from the perception that Romney is like Robin Hood in reverse. Now, with Paul Ryan as his second hand man, that opinion has been confirmed.
Paul Ryan is the politician who submitted a proposed federal budget that would have completely eliminated Medicare, the program that provides affordable health care to senior citizens instead of simply allowing old people to die in the gutter.
Representative Ryan has declared that asking millionaires to contribute their fair share to the country is “rotten economics”. He has voted to take money away from public schools. He has even voted to cut food aid for children and pregnant women. What’s more, for all his talk about fiscal conservatism, Paul Ryan has voted many times against significant cuts of wasteful military spending.
Paul Ryan has a terrible environmental record, having voted to allow increased pollution from sewage and agricultural runoff in America’s waters, saying that clean water is just too expensive. Ryan has voted to weaken the law the protected the bald eagle from extinction, and has blocked programs to reduce mercury pollution.
The choice of Congressman Ryan as the Republican vice presidential running mate seems likely to alienate the libertarian wing of the Republican Party as well. Ryan has repeatedly voted in favor of extending the Patriot Act without any reforms, and also voted to approve language in the National Defense Authorization Act last year that gives the President of the United States the power to grab American citizens and hold them prisoner for an unlimited length of time without criminal charge. Paul Ryan is no friend of constitutional freedoms.
So, who exactly does Paul Ryan appeal to? He’s popular with economic elitists who care about making lots of money for themselves, regardless of the consequences for other people. That’s what makes for the unofficial motto of the Romney/Ryan campaign: Warning – Deluded Elitists Ahead.