Don Adams, president of the Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, correctly described Governor Romney’s choice of Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan as a “brave choice.” He’s 100% right. Bravery is showing courage and daring in the face of danger and there is no doubt in my mind that Governor Romney would not have acted so bravely but for the belief that without it his candidacy was in great danger. You could argue that John McCain acted bravely, too, when he picked Sarah Palin. Foolishly, but, bravely.
To save Newt and Eric the sputtering comments, no, I don’t equate Paul Ryan with Sarah Palin (though he’s no Lyndon Johnson or even a George H.W. Bush), but he also is a risk. Young, very conservative and a bit of a one-trick pony with a savant’s grasp of the budget issues, but not much else that I can think of, Paul Ryan is on the ticket only because Governor Romney, who never took a risk he could avoid, is sweating the numbers, and more importantly, the trend he sees in the polls.
We’ll see how it plays out. As Willy Wonka says, “The suspense is terrible; I hope it lasts.”