Mitt Romney has made his biggest decision of the 2012 elections thus far: Paul Ryan, gentleman from Wisconsin, is his vice-presidential candidate. The official announcement was made a bit after 9 am EDT, Saturday in Norfolk, VA (CNN), but his Romney vice-president app spilled the news a couple of hours earlier (CNN).
There was much speculation leading up to the announcement. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey seemed to be in the running and it all amped up when everyone realized that he had not been given a speaking spot at the convention. Christie is very popular and charismatic, perhaps too much so. There seemed danger that he might overpower and overshadow Romney much in the same way Sarah Palin seemed to do with John McCain in 2008. Also, he is a bit of an unknown and perhaps too volatile. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio might have delivered a big state, but maybe he was a little too unknown. Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota is moderate and inoffensive but also not terribly exciting. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is a TEA Party favorite and might pull in the Hispanic vote, but he is also untested and might offer the same might not be ready to lead the country problems that Palin had. In the end, it appears that Ryan won out not only because they apparently get along really well, but because he is an exciting and invigorating choice. Considering the surprising polls recently (Real Clear Politics), most of which seem to point to a big lead by President Barack Obama, it is a shot in the arm that the campaign definitely needs.
Whatever else Ryan might be, he is not boring. Ryan is a TEA Party poster boy, in fact, questioning Ryan might have been one of the nails in the coffin of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's own failed run for the nomination. By picking Ryan, Romney might finally do what he thus far been unable to do for himself: Excite the base. What makes this an especially interesting pick is that it might excite both bases as Ryan is not exactly beloved by the more liberal base of the Democratic Party.
Ryan is, of course, the architect of the "Ryan Plan." The budget calls for corporate tax cuts and an overhaul of Medicare that Democrats claim will costing participating seniors more and more with each passing year as it would eventually send Medicare into the marketplace and give participating seniors a fixed amount towards that (FOX News).
At any rate, this is it: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for your GOP ticket in the 2012 elections. What do you think? Was Ryan your vice-presidential dream pick? Are you happy?
Oh, and if you were listening to the announcement, Romney did announce Ryan as the next president of the United States of America, and yes, he did correct himself.