Contra Tina: I Prefer Jindal
posted at 11:31 pm on June 22, 2012 by Mike Rathbone
I really hate the fact that when Tina graces us with her presence again at Hot Gas…Air, she puts up a post with which I must disagree. I even hesitated writing this post because I’d be going against her and that pains me. However, despite my reluctance to contradict Tina, I still think that picking Paul Ryan for VP would be a sub-optimal choice. Now this isn’t to say that I don’t like Paul Ryan. I think the world of Paul Ryan. He’s my favorite politician. Hell, I’d storm a machine gun nest for Paul Ryan, but do I think Paul Ryan would be the best pick for Romney as VP, I’d have to say no.
There are a couple of reasons why I think this way. First, by picking Ryan, you put his budget front and center. Obama might do that anyway, but with Ryan on the ticket, it definitely will be. Now, I support the Ryan budget and I believe that head to head against a reporter or some Dem operative (I repeat myself), Ryan would wipe the floor with them, but there’s an old maxim that says, “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.” I would prefer the campaign’s invaluable time (and when it is late August going into September, time is invaluable) be spent on its own message or attacking Obama.
Second, a Vice President Ryan would be part of the Romney administration. He would be less effective as a check on Governor Romney if the Governor starts to go wobbly. Paul Ryan, as Budget Chairman would act as a counterbalance to some of Governor Romney’s negative tendencies. He would set the agenda in the House and that is invaluable.
Finally, I think there is a better option that suits Governor Romney’s needs on the campaign. Bobby Jindal reinforces the theme of competence that I know the Romney campaign is desperate to exude. The man’s a fixer, he unquestionably qualified to be President, he’s brilliant (he’s forgotten more about healthcare than Obama & Biden combined will ever know), and he would help with the base without scaring off independents. Yes, Governor Jindal gave a bad speech in 2009. It happens. As I recall, then Governor Clinton gave a pretty bad speech introducing Mike Dukakis in 1988. Four years later, he did a fine job. While Governor Jindal won’t amount to the greatest orator this party’s ever seen, he can’t get much worse. Plus, we (as a country) have had our share of great oratory and where did that get us?
Paul Ryan would be a good pick. He’s an even better human being. A friend of mine serves on the Budget Committee and he can attest to that personally. However, he wouldn’t be the best pick and I want us to put the best possible ticket forward. That ticket is Romney-Jindal 2012.