But maybe that's one reason Ryan was picked. He's an admirer of Ayn Rand. His pick clarifies a capitalism versus socialism referendum in the fall.
A lot of talking heads put money on Rubio to help with the Latino vote but team Romney must have either found something in his background they didn't like or figured they would be slapped too hard for pandering. Ryan also appears to be in Obama's head based on several past interactions so perhaps the 'rattle factor' was another reason for the pick. Ryan is basically a math wonk who should subtly tear apart the plagiarizing car salesman VP in any debate. Might be a BFD.
The announcement on a Saturday is also interesting. It's as if Romney was trying to tone down the typical MSM DEFCON 1 weekday reaction by trying to ease Ryan in over several days. Of course the mainstreamers will morph into pants-on-fire mode as soon as they emerge from their hangovers, but it's Saturday--not as many people are reading or watching. The New Yorker already shows signs of being somewhat incoherent, inadvertently bashing Obama by explaining how Ryan is not really qualified because...
But Ryan’s Washington experience is also light, at least for a potential President—which, after all, is the main job description of a Vice-President. Ryan has worked as a think-tank staffer and Congressman, but he’s never been in charge of a large organization, and he has little experience with foreign policy. Given how Sarah Palin was criticized for her lack of such experience, I’m surprised that Romney would pick someone whose ability to immediately step into the top job is open to question.Bold to highlight what Sarah Palin and the right said about Obama. Except he was the top of the ticket, not numero dos. And of course Palin had been 'in charge' of a 'large organization'--the government of Alaska. She had as much foreign policy experience as Obama (taking trips overseas isn't foreign policy experience). OK, Obama was in charge of the Annenberg Challenge (and his campaign lied about being appointed by Bill Ayers) but his experience paralleled that of Ryan. Perhaps the NYer will notice their faux pas later today.
That said, does Ryan meet the Cheney test? It appears not. Then again, would Rubio? Portman or McDonnell might have been better choices on that front. We'll have to see what Darth says. Until then get ready to hear that Ryan pushes little old ladies down elevator shafts on his lunch break.