As I noted HERE just yesterday, I think it would be foolish for Mitt Romney to select Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on this year’s Republican presidential ticket.
But Jonathan Chait ARGUES that the pressure in favor of Ryan is becoming almost irresistible:
At this point, joining Ryan to the ticket would be a huge gamble. Romney would be tapping into Ryan’s immense political talent, but giving up on his win-by-default strategy that has taken a beating but might look good again if, say, some international disaster craters the recovery between now and November. In any case, the conservative drumbeat for Ryan has grown so overwhelming that it’s no longer even clear that Romney could turn Ryan down for an Incredibly Boring White Guy, even if he wants to. The Republican Party belongs to Ryan.