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Exactly What He Needed: What Ryan Brings to the Romney Ticket

By now, you’ve all heard the news: Romney-Ryan 2012!  The Republican nominee for President (yes, I’ve dispensed with the “presumptive” tag), Mitt Romney, has selected Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his running mate.  His choice obviously departs from my prediction, but it’s a great choice.

I’m sure everyone knows a little bit about who Paul Ryan is, so I won’t detail his biography here.  But I do want to hit a few high points for you—points I believe will are significant to the election.  Rep. Paul Ryan is an energetic 42-year-old Catholic family man from Wisconsin.  He is the always-controversial Chairman of the House Budget Committee and is about as conservative as they come.  But what do these biographical points have to do with the election?  Let’s review. (more…)

Veep: Mitt’s Number Two

We’ve heard so much gab in recent months about who Mitt Romney, the GOP’s all-but nominee for president, will or should choose as his running mate.  Every name you can think of has been mentioned: Chris Christie, New Jersey’s loud-mouth yet lovable governor; Marco Rubio, Florida’s junior (and did I mention Hispanic?) U.S. Senator; and Paul Ryan, the ever-controversial chairman of the House Budget Committee.  There has even been talk about names most have never heard: Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia, and Mitch Daniels, Indiana’s chief executive.

But now that the Veepstakes has entered its audition phase, the question everyone will be asking is: “Who will he choose?”  Will it be Rubio or Ryan?  Will it be Bachmann or Bobby (Jindal, that is)?  But the question that appeals to me isn’t so much “who,” but rather “how?”  And that’s what I’ll write about. (more…)

Out of the Closet: President Obama and Gay Marriage

President Barack Obama has a history of “evolving” on the issue of gay marriage.  In 2004, when running for the Illinois State Senate, he said “that marriage is between a man and a woman.”  Now, six years later, he has done a complete one-eighty.  On Wednesday, the president announced that he “affirm[s] that…same sex couples should be able to get married.”  While each of us has the right to change our mind on issues, Mr. Obama will face a substantial political backlash in light of this particular flip-flop.  (more…)

Romney v. Obama: The Tale of Two Campaigns

Well, it’s all but official now—it’s a two man race.  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum made a post-Easter exit from the campaign trail Tuesday to focus on being a more present parent to his three-year-old daughter, Bella, who has since birth been afflicted with chronic illness.  His departure has mostly cleared the path to eleven-forty-four for Mitt Romney.  Sure, a few sporadic votes will still be cast for Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, but with them sitting at 136 and 51 delegates, respectively, there is no logical or mathematical way for either of the gentlemen to get to 1,144, aside from a brokered convention.  I suppose it’s time for me to hop on the bandwagon and claim that Romney is now the eventual Republican nominee for President of the United States.  But what does that mean for the Romney and Obama campaigns from here on out? (more…)

Should he stay or should he go now?: Rick Santorum’s future as a presidential hopeful

As Tim Fitzsimmons points out, calls for Rick Santorum to drop his presidential bid have increased of late, especially in light of Mitt Romney’s sweep of Tuesday night’s primaries, winning Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  Romney leads the delegate count but Santorum has a strong appeal to conservatives, a group with which Romney is struggling, preventing him from sealing the deal.  So the question remains: Should Santorum stay in the race or concede defeat? (more…)