I just spoke with a sharp Democratic Congressional staffer I know who tells me that he thinks Ryan was a smart choice for Romney. He says that there was no way Romney would be able to hide from the Ryan budget plan — because Obama would pound him on it and the wingerati would insist that Romney stick by it — and that Ryan is the best salesman for the plan. Bear in mind, it’s not Ryan’s plan per se, it’s something people drew up in a right-wing think tank. Ryan’s just a frontman for the operation. He’s done a fantastic job (via) of getting Beltway idiots to pretend that a predictably radical right-wing plan is some wonderful piece of wonky courage.
I think my friend is probably right that Romney was stuck with the Ryan budget plan anyway. The hard-core anti-New Deal right activist crowd has taken over the Republican party.
You go to war with the unpopular extremist policies you have, not the popular moderate policies you wish you had.
Telling people that you want to turn Medicare into a voucher program is probably political suicide. Real Murkins don’t like vouchers; at best, vouchers are something the airlines make it difficult for you to use, at worst, they’re a way to keep the strapping young bucks from blowing all their welfare money on steak and cigarettes.
If this election is a referendum on vouchercare, Democrats obviously win. But Josh Marshall’s stunt stand-in is completely wrong here:
Having Ryan on the ticket will make it difficult for the losers of the election to claim that the winners doesn’t have some claim to pursue their fiscal vision. A decisive electoral resolution to this high stakes political fight is actually kind of scary no matter where you come down on issues like Medicare, Medicaid and tax policy. But it’ll also be good for the country if it means the government will have new running room to pay at least passing attention to things like mass unemployment and eroding infrastructure that the next president will have to deal with, whether he’s a Republican or Democrat.
That’s bullshit. If Romney wins, it will mean Republicans have a mandate to turn the country into the Randian paradise the Founding Fathers envisioned. If Obama wins, it will mean that the Kenyan soshulist had the sense to tack to the center…and he better stay there.
As Atrios famously said about some other election (I can’t find a link on teh google), whatever happens on election night will prove once and for all time that we are a right-center nation.