So, by now, you know that Mitt Romney has selected Fiscal Rock and Tea Party Hero Paul Ryan as his running mate for the November election. And, like clockwork, the attacks have started from the left.
I'll get into the specifics of some of them later, but for now, let's look at the positives of Paul Ryan:
1) He comes from an important battle-ground state. Wait, when did WI become "battle-ground?" you ask. When they elected Scott Walker, and then when they re-elected him during a recall. WI was already in play, the pick of Ryan may have just sealed that deal.
2) He comes from a traditionally blue district. Remember this, because it's important. When you start hearing people talk about how he's some super-extreme conservative, remember that he had to win over a good portion of both independents and Democrats, and has done so with convincing margins several times.
3) House Budget Committee Tested, Tea Party Approved. You'll hear many Tea Party conservatives say these two statements, usually back to back. "Paul Ryan's budget doesn't go far enough," and "It's too extreme to pass." This is the zeitgeist of the Tea Party. We're no longer pure political novices, and we understand that some progress is better than none. Congressman Paul's budget is a necessary step to fiscal sanity.
4) "Hey Girl. It's Paul Ryan."