Jeffrey H. Anderson spells out the benefits of having Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's pick for vice president. I couldn't agree more. From National Review Online:
...Ryan would benefit Romney’s candidacy in unique ways. Here are just a few:
- Picking Ryan would excite and unite the party.
- By putting Ryan on the ticket, Romney would add the party’s single best spokesman on three huge issues: Obamacare, the budget, and the debt. Imagine Ryan debating Joe Biden — or Hillary Clinton.
- By adding such a heavyweight to the ticket, Romney would convey to the electorate how high the stakes are in this historic election.
- The pick would also show strength. By making it, Romney would (rightly) indicate that he’s not afraid of being overshadowed by anyone.
The 23-year age difference between Romney and Ryan makes them seem more like natural complements than like rivals, and by all accounts the chemistry between them is excellent. Moreover, younger voters are increasingly disillusioned with Obama, and putting the 42-year-old Ryan on the ticket would encourage many of them to give Romney a second look.