Another pretty face…
Eric Alterman is correct in his evaluation of the Romney/Ryan agenda. Unfortunately, Romney and his new pretty-boy veep may sway voters who in 2008 were willing to give the nice, clean-cut, well-spoken young man a chance (even though he was black), as those folks will now give the nice, clean-cut, well-spoken young man (and he is white !) a chance to set things straight. Already the media are playing the 2009 clip of Obama noting that Ryan’s ideas have to be given serious consideration. The president’s current refining of the division line between himself and the GOP and its candidates appears as empty political rhetoric in view of the president’s past conciliatory tone and actions. I am afraid that Obama will now use “scare ’m” negative attack ads, which will be subject to the media’s truth-o-meters, instead of didactically laying out the details of the Romney/Ryan economic plan. And if he takes the detailed approach, I fear the details will be lost on those voters who will be swayed seeing the two clean-cut, nice men on their screens. Fellow liberals may now revel in Romney’s veep choice; but Ryan’s ideology may matter very little to currently undecided voters.
Aug 13 2012 - 3:46pm