You know, I can almost hear Romney say "How do you like me now!?, Huh?....Huh?" He can't win this standing on his own two feet, so he picked someone younger, more vibrant, and with stronger ideas than his own.
In other words, he's defining himself through his Vice President.
So, Ryan's first stop is to campaign in Iowa while Obama is there. He's putting his VP up against Obama instead of facing him off on his own. Does this mean that Romney will face off against Biden?
So this leads to the next question.
Who, exactly, is the GOP presenting as it's choice for President? Romney or Ryan?
Romney's introduction of Ryan as the Next President of the United States sort of has a Freudian slip feel to it. Even when he talks up Ryan on 60 Minutes, he touts Ryan as a leader and a man who gets things done. In other words, it almost sounded like he was saying he had his own "Obama" on his team now.
Barack Obama doesn't need a strong V.P. pick to win this election; he's got what it takes to do it on his own. I think that's what it comes down to between these two men. Ryan claims that Obama isn't a leader but he's wrong. Romney is the one lacking leadership skills, that's why he's picking Ryan. People are going to listen to Romney but they are going to wait to hear what Ryan has to say.
Ryan's not the kind of man to compromise. He is very tough on his positions and I feel pretty certain that there is a gentleman's agreement between Romney and Ryan that in order for Ryan to agree to take this place on the ticket, Romney has to agree to Ryan's Plan for Prosperity.
Ryan has taken a huge risk; if they lose this election, this could be the end of his influence in Congress. People won't have as much confidence in his ideas.
I do have to say that I'm glad Romney chose him. In doing so, he really did clearly define the differences between the two options.