I have no inside view of the choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate. But Ryan as Vice President was inevitable, if you were part of the Republican Party intelligentsia. Despite their best efforts, publications like Politico are making something of nothing when they claim unease among Republican political operatives. No one is worried about Paul Ryan except for the Democrats. The fit was obvious and necessitated by the Republican Party take over by Ryan and his mates. Romney's choice merely seals the deal.
Romney did make the right choice. No matter how you cut it, the Republican Party is Ryan's now and in the future.
The reasons for choosing Ryan include the following.
1. Ryan was like a Romney son, down to the height and hair of the other five. Romney's choice was a family choice, and they knew sons far more than daughters.
2. Ryan was at the center of Romneymoney, a funny thing that requires careful and clear articulation of what is right about Romneycare and where it needs to be fixed. The same is true of Medicare. Romney may be tied to Medicare, but the inaccurate rants protected even by Bob Schieffer (who left the part about Ryan not ending Medicare on the cutting room floor) that Romney and Ryan want to end Medicare completely are provably false.
3. Romney has repeatedly said that integrity was the most important feature of the Vice Presidential candidate, and he got that with Ryan. He had no false statements about parents or tricky financial handling of a Republican credit card (like Marco Rubio) and nothing that besmirched his heavily Catholic upbringing or pro-life tendencies.
4. No one knows what the Ryan Budget provides, least of whom apparently are the liberal media. In fact, either they are lying or they really do not know if it "guts" Medicare. What we do know is that it "ends Medicare as we know it." A phrase of little import, since it is much more important to know what it puts in its place.
5. So far, the biggest battle is whether and how the deficit is to be treated. And the priorities in doing so. None of the candidates has said enough about this. But Ryan has and the House has passed his budget. That budget is what Republicans want.
6. Ryan was already one of the "Young Guns." The other two had their positions already well-established by the Republican hierarchy. Only Ryan remained, and his position is now the next Republican presidential candidate, win or lose this time around.
So far, the mainstream media has done their usual hatchet job. And they will continue to do so.
Can Romney through Ryan control the message and get enough of it to the people to make a difference?
Only time will tell.