Paul Ryan may have made the greatest mistake of his political career yesterday when he publically admitted to the crime of being stupid enough to jump on the Romney ticket. I’m not sure what he was promised, how much campaign money and/or political clout the RNC heavies offered him, but there is no way it will be enough. The DNC will lie, cheat and steal in order to humiliate and destroy Ryan, who has potential to be a serious foe in years to come.
Paranoia? Absolutely not.
It does not help that Ryan is a career politician without private sector business experience. He is, in effect, the exact kind of person that Romney has repeatedly and loudly said should not be running the executive branch of the federal government. Really, it is the only point he’s made clearly in the entire campaign. No one is terribly sure about his position on anything else, but it is hard to miss Romney’s constant touting of his business experience as the primary asset he will bring to the White House.
The Democrats don’t even need that talking point, though. They know that half-truths and lies, if they are salacious enough, always stick better than even a mildly complex argument like the one in the paragraph above. If Ryan ever looked askew at a gay kid in high school, he will soon be accused of committing a hate crime. If he ever rolled through a right turn on a red, he will be a reckless potential felon who’s threatened others with a lethal weapon. If he ever had the guts to stand up to entrenched government interests who want to steal from our retirement funds to fuel their own avarice and greed, he will be accused of murdering senior citizens.
Oh wait, that last one happened already.