As Mitt Romney’s decision on a running mate draws near, there’s still considerable SPECULATION that the nod will go to Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin:
Bill Kristol and Stephen Hayes caused a stir this week when they encouraged Mitt Romney to pick Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as his running mate.
The conservative Weekly Standard authors based their argument for Ryan on the premise that Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has endorsed the House Budget Committee chairman’s budget anyway, and is going to be attacked for it by President Barack Obama’s campaign no matter to explain and defend it than Paul Ryan?” Kristol and Hayes wrote.
I think such analysis is foolish. Why would Romney want to choose a running-mate who’s already in the enemy’s cross-hairs? The Ryan budget plan is potential political poison for Romney. He’s going have a hard enough time finessing his support for the plan even without Ryan himself on the ticket.
If you can find anyone willing to bet that Romney picks Ryan, take the wager. Bet the farm. It ain’t gonna happen. Romney’s not going to want a running mate whose rigid ideology overshadows his own penchant for using the political Etch-A-Sketch.