There’s been an almost Pavlovian reaction among President Barack Obama’s supporters in responding to Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Obama’s spin doctors are salivating at the chance to dissect the Wisconsin Republican’s conservative record and politically disembowel him with it. But they don’t understand that Ryan’s conservatism is not going to hurt him anymore than Ronald Reagan’s did in 1980. Bearing, like Reagan, a specific plan of action for difficult times, Ryan may be just the man to ride his conservatism straight into the West Wing.
Ryan lacks the lifetime of experience Reagan brought to his politics, his thinking and his persona. But the House Budget Committee chairman does have a grasp of detail and numbers that Reagan could not match.