When the names started coming out for Mitt Romney’s VP choice, I wondered about Rep. Paul Ryan. I am happy with him being Mitt Romney’s running mate. Of course on the Obama support side, there is disgust and joy to this choice. On Facebook, I responded in the affirmative to a Democrat friend’s question on the Ryan selection. All of the responses after mine were downright nasty. One commenter said that the Ryan choice caused him to vomit. From within the Obama campaign, they see Paul Ryan as a stereotypical conservative who does not want to bother the rich, but will take from the poor and middle class. They are betting that the electorate will see it that way also.
I see Paul Ryan as a solid conservative Republican in comparison to Romney being more moderate. In the video Rep. Ryan schools Pres. Obama on the detrimental spending concerning what is now, the Affordable Care Act (tax) when it was still in the bill stage. As I imagine, the vice presidential debate this fall, I see Rep. Ryan cleaning VP Biden’s clock.
Mitt Romney swept the Washington, D. C., Maryland and Wisconsin primaries last night. Newt Gingrich along with Ron Paul are really out of the competition at this point, but what about Rick Santorum. As much as I like him, I think he maybe out of the competition too! If he loses his (and my) state of PA, it is over.
Mitt Romney is a moderate. So many folks on the conservative side are so leery of him! Some say he is no different from Barack Obama because of the government health care he help to establish when he was the of Governor of Massachusetts. Mitt Romney is not a real conservative, but he is no Barack Obama either. I can see a Romney economic team implementing business friendly policies over the Obama economic team folks who are very much into deficit spending and government control of the economy policies.
Right now, Santorum is my man, but If Mr. Romney becomes the Republican presidential nominee, I will vote for him against Pres. Obama in November. If Pres. Obama gets another term , there will be little if no constraints on him to go government-run/control crazy, especially if the Senate remains in the Democratic majority and the House goes back to being Democrat.
A grouping of dissatisfied political strategist and donors are coming together to form Americans Elect (AE), which is not a separate party. This group is bipartisan and represents the moderates dissatisfied with the way our elective officials in Washington are dealing with the issues. It is the middle voice that is being ignored, but now wants to shake up things. They want to add a 3rd presidential candidate in 2012, but this group does not have a candidate. AE has raised over $22 million already and has ballot slots in 9 states with several other states awaiting certification.
AE plans to have presidential candidate convention over the Internet. This group wants to change the political process by making the presidential candidate pick a running mate from a different party. Now really, what good would that do? AE also wants to make primary voting more open through online voting and not have the primary decided by few voters (the earlier primaries). I feel they have a point here. I live in a state where the presidential primary is too late most times for my vote to count towards any of the candidates.
I heard Laura Ingraham this morning talking about AE. She feels it is just a moderate front to get Pres. Obama reelected. Her feeling is that moderates are really liberals. She could be right, but does this group really sound like they can be some kind of a game changer in the 2012 presidential election? Read more about Americans Elect here.