(Note: This post is NOT part of our current Democracy Symposium. If you want to follow the Symposium – and you should! – you can find the posts here.)
If you read one piece of analysis on Paul Ryan’s ascension to GOP royalty,* read this one, by PM at The Duck of Minerva:
What can you say about the pick but the obvious? Ryan is the most inspiring vice-presidential candidate since Jack Kemp helped Bob Dole win in 1996, the most ideologically pure candidate since George Wallace chose Curtis LeMay in 1968, and the most boyish sidekick since Batman adopted Robin.
Republicans are strangely jubilant today, as are Democrats; we should remember that vice-presidential picks almost uniformly do not matter, unless they are disastrous (Eagleton, Palin) or give us catchy slogans (“Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!”). But the current flood of punditry suggesting VPs don’t matter is badly wrong…
I’m especially interested in his suggestion that Ryan now becomes the GOP’s 2016 frontrunner (assuming that Romney loses this round). He could be right, but only if Trump, Palin, and Cain decide not to run.
(Gratuitous Internet Nonsense: Paul Ryan was, until recently, the face of Wikipedia’s entry on “Widow’s Peaks.”)
(PPS-Someone should check in on Tim Pawlenty…poor guy.)
*UPDATE: When I wrote “if you read one,” I obviously meant “if you read one that’s NOT here at the League.” You should read Tod Kelly’s piece also.