As many of you have heard, and through much speculation over the past days, weeks and months, Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan, a 7-term congressman from Wisconsin, as his V.P. Candidate.
The Choice of Ryan, while many may think opens Romney to criticism, is actually a very good choice. If you look at the litmus test of any V.P. pick, regardless of party, the 3 things that stand out are: 1) Does the pick share the beliefs and values of the nominee, and can he articulate them? In this case, it is a big yes, especially if you look at their previous campaign events. Paul Ryan is extremely well spoken, and has an enthusiastic style, which will counter, what many people claim as Romney's Dryness. 2) Does the pick energize the base. This is another easy one, yes. Ryan and the so-called Ryan Budget Plan have been supported by many Republicans and the Tea Party, and even some conservative Democrats. And lastly, 3) Can the pick take over on day one if needed? While many look at his youth, as a 7-term congressman, Ryan has spent a lot of time, not just on economic issues, but researching many of the issues that he is called to vote on, and how his budgets affect those other areas, such as defense, etc.
While not a litmus test item, the other thing is electoral votes. When you combine the fact that Ryan comes from Wisconsin, and the success of Governor Walker against the recall, there is a strong chance that Ryan could possibly help turn Wisconsin from Blue to Red.
All-in-all, I think Ryan is a great choice, and will compliment the Romney campaign well.
What say you???