As John Tabin has noted, multiple reports indicate that Mitt Romney will pick Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate.
I must confess that I spent the afternoon putting together an article titled, “Why Romney Won’t Pick Ryan”.
Never have I been happier to be wrong.
By picking Ryan, Romney has both elevated and embraced one of the leadings lights of 21st century American conservatism. More than any other Republican, Ryan has articulated a spirited defense of the free market, fiscal responsibility, what limited government should like and how we pay for it.
By picking Ryan, Romney has shown he’s not content to play it safe and willing to take a risk to win the election to restore America’s greatness.
By picking Ryan, Romney has put Wisconsin in play.
By picking Ryan, Romney has chosen a running mate that has gone toe to toe with President Obama and got the better of him as was the case during the 2010 Health Care Summit in Washington, D.C. When Obama publicly insulted Ryan to his face during a 2011 speech at George Washington University, Ryan called an impromptu press conference and said, “Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells.” Ryan strikes fear in the heart of Obama.
By picking Ryan, Romney may force Obama to drop Joe Biden in favor of Hillary Clinton or some other more formidable opponent because Ryan would wipe the floor with Biden in a debate.
By picking Ryan, Romney has kept the future of American conservatism alive for years to come and may have also picked a future President.