August 12, 2012

DEVILISH DIFFERENCES:

Romney shakes the race with pick of Ryan (Dan Balz, August 11, 2012, Washington Post)

Ryan's addition to the ticket shows that Romney is prepared to run a more robust campaign with a sharper message built around tax and spending cuts, deficit reduction and entitlement reform. That is exactly what a growing chorus of Republicans, nervous about the direction of the Romney campaign, has been urging.

A Romney-Ryan ticket will help to clarify the choices for voters in November. Rarely have the two parties presented such a stark contrast in visions as now appears to be the case. Those competing visions could produce, after a summer of often small-minded tactics, the kind of big debate about the country's future that both Obama and Romney have said this campaign should be about.

Except that, as Mr. Obama's acceptance of Simpson-Bowles and willingness to enact a grand compromise with John Boehner demonstrate, there is no contrast in vision, only some quibbling over details. Indeed, Mr. Obama has already signed into law $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts via sequestration, including cuts to Medicare.  

Posted by at August 12, 2012 8:36 AM
  

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