Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney's choice of Ryan shows core weakness


Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate demonstrates Romney's core weakness as a candidate for President: Romney lacks the support of his party's base, and so rather than being able to pivot towards the center for the general election, he has been forced to choose a ideological extremist in order to placate the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

Mitt Romney may have finally locked up the support of the far right, but he loses any realistic chance to appeal to the nation's center. This pick won't help Romney in swing states, it will only enhance his wins in deep red states, and almost ensures that Obama will win in the Electoral College.

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