NEWS BLOG: The Ryan choice

Running with Romney: Wisconsin conservative Paul Ryan. PHOTO COURTESY GAGE SKIDMORE.


Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan has certainly livened things up. And for a while on Saturday, I agreed with the commentators saying it’s a good choice: good for the country. Their reasoning: now we can have a national debate over substance.

But after spending much of yesterday reading about Ryan and thinking about what his selection may mean, I’m not so sure. I’ll have more about this in my weekly Urban Journal column, which I’ll post on Tuesday night, but at the moment, I’m worried – about what the selection says about Mitt Romney and what it says about the future of the Republican Party.

During a casual discussion about Ryan in our newsroom earlier this morning, news editor Chris Fien had an interesting – and important – question: Does this mean the Romney campaign has given up on the center?

That leads to another question: If so, can Romney win?

And then another question: Is there much center left among American voters? Are there enough centrist voters that the Ryan choice will affect the outcome of the election?

We’ll find out in November.



  1. In 2008 Obama carried Ryan’s district with 51% while Ryan simultaneously won his seat almost 2:1. Sounds pretty darn centrist to anybody outside a newsroom.

  2. Troll Whisperer · · Reply

    Ryan as a centrist – thanks for the morning laugh, j.a.m.!

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