Mittens is scheduled to announce his running mate this morning, while touring the battleship Wisconsin, in Virginia. Stephen Hayes and Bill Kristol gleefully are predicting the pick will be Paul Ryan. Yes, Hayes and Kristol are nearly always wrong, but if Mittens doesn’t choose Ryan, the GOP establishment will likely feel bitch slapped and will whine about it all through the convention.
Now Faux Nooz has confirmed that it’s Ryan. Faux is about as reliable as Kim Kardashian’s wedding vows, but again, they’re speaking for the GOP establishment, and if Mittens disappoints, Mittens will feel their wrath.
In short, the establishment is demanding that Romney choose Ryan, and I doubt Romney has the cojones to say no.
The more interesting question is, why does the GOP establishment have a death wish?
Update — now the Washington Post says it’s Ryan.
Update — now the New York Times says it’s Ryan.
They are high-fivin’ in the White House right now.
Update — Ezra Klein has several thoughts on what the choice means. Significantly —
- “This is an admission of fear from the Romney campaign.”
- “Ryan upends Romney’s whole strategy.”
How does Ryan upend Romney’s strategy? The Romney plan had been to make the campaign a referendum on Obama’s handling of the economy, while Mittens himself remained vague about what he would do to make things better. With Ryan as the choice, the campaign is going to focus on specific policy proposals, which is what the Obama campaign wants.
Mittens also has wanted to run on his record as a private businessman and frequently reminds people that President Obama â€œnever spent a day in the private sector.â€ But Paul Ryan â€œnever spent a day in the private sectorâ€ either.
Update — Mistermix writes,
I woke up this morning to the reek of piss-pants desperation emanating from my Twitter in the form of Mitt Romneyâ€™s VP Pick, Paul Davis Ryan (and yes, it is happening, because those morons canâ€™t keep a secret). Man, this tells us a lot about just how worried, weak, meandering, insular and politically inept the Romney campaign is.
Update: Charles Pierce —
Leave it to Willard Romney, international man of principle, to get himself bullied into being bold and independent.