Don’t Buy the Hype — Republican Insiders are Sweating Bullets Over Ryan
We’re being told that Romney’s “bold” pick of Paul Ryan, a “really smart,” “really nice,” “intellectual” guy is super-cool. Heck, according to Joe Scarborough this morning, Ryan is “adorable.” (It’s an insult to voters everywhere to imply we should vote for someone because they’re “adorable.”)
And dang it, the spinmeisters just don’t understand why that “bold” move is polling so low. They insinuate it must be us, we the little people, who just don’t get how totally cool Ryan is.
And then there’s this:
GOP Pros Fret Over Paul Ryan
You’ve heard them on television and read them on POLITICO — cheerful, defiant statements from Republican political professionals about Mitt Romney’s bold masterstroke in tapping Paul Ryan as his running mate, and turning the 2012 presidential race into a serious, far-reaching debate about budgets and the nation’s future.
Don’t buy it.
Away from the cameras, and with all the usual assurances that people aren’t being quoted by name, there is an unmistakable consensus among Republican operatives in Washington: Romney has taken a risk with Ryan that has only a modest chance of going right — and a huge chance of going horribly wrong.
In more than three dozen interviews with Republican strategists and campaign operatives — old hands and rising next-generation conservatives alike — the most common reactions to Ryan ranged from gnawing apprehension to hair-on-fire anger that Romney has practically ceded the election.[…]They’re worried about inviting Medicare — usually death for Republicans — into the campaign. They’re worried it sidetracks the jobs issue. They’re worried he’ll expose the fact that Romney doesn’t have a budget plan. Most of all, they’re worried that Romney was on track to lose anyway — and now that feels all but certain.