August 19, 2012

HOPE AND CHANGE:

Why Ryan Matters (William Kristol, 8/19/12, Weekly Standard)

The Romney 2012 campaign no longer brings to mind its Republican predecessor, the McCain campaign of 2008. Instead, Romney-Ryan could end up more closely resembling Obama 2008.

In 2008, Obama was the young forward-looking reformer, running on a big (if gauzy) message. He was able to capitalize on opposition to the Bush administration without seeming merely oppositional. He was able to enliven his campaign by his own presence and skills. Now it's the Republicans who are running on a newly bold conservative message, presenting a hopeful choice for change rather than mere opposition to the status quo, and on a ticket enlivened by Ryan's presence and skills.

Of course, Mr. Obama, like Mr. Romney, has neither presence nor skills.  Indeed, with the possible exception of Mr. Romney's putative faith--even that belied by his own political record--the two men are indistinguishable.  Mr. Ryan is, effectively, Mr. Romney's melanin.

Posted by at August 19, 2012 11:10 AM
  

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