In honor of the album that saved rock and roll in the late 80’s, let’s take a look at the presidential ticket that may save the nation.
Guns and Roses. The name suggests, as the Joker in Full Metal Jacket would say, the duality of man. A peace sign on your uniform and ‘Born to kill’ on your helmet.
Guns and Roses. Romney and Ryan.
Politics is the art of compromise, the art of pleasing everybody, or at least enough people to get reelected. Romney’s choice of a running mate is interesting because it shows us what Romney thinks of himself. Had he chosen Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal, we would have felt differently.
Romney sees himself as the rose, Ryan is the gun. Are you okay with that? I know I am.
Paul Ryan is, perhaps, the brightest man in the room, in any room. He knows budgets like Bo knew everything . He’s also the guy the democrats would have you believe was pushing Granny’s wheelchair over the cliff, in spite of the fact hat his plan would do less damage to social security and medicare than Obamacare already has.
So if Ryan is the gun, that makes Romney the rose. Ryan was chosen to solidify the right, Romney must feel pretty confident about his ability to woo the center.
Independents, who flocked to the good ship Obamapop in droves the last time around, are sitting on the fence this year. Romney’s choice of Ryan as a running mate seems to signal that he is not worried about them this time around.
Romney sees himself as a compassionate conservative in the mold of GWB. Although he would never say this, that’s exactly what he is. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney was forced to do things that no real conservative would ever do. This makes him more palatable to independents, while also making true conservatives leery of him.
Ryan takes care of the conservatives. The rest shouldn’t be too difficult. All but the most extreme Obama lovers realize that we are headed for disaster. Continuing on the path we are on, and don’t think a reelected Obama with no need to plan for his next election will pull out all the stops to remake the country in the image he sees fit, is a recipe for disaster.
Romney simply needs to convince the swing voters, the average American, the normal folks who get up and go to work every day, that his plan is better than the other guy’s plan.
Ryan will take care of the people that really pay attention. Romney merely needs to be the new fresh face that will sway the people that don’t. He must feel good about his ability to do just that. If not, Romney’s ‘Appetite for Destruction ‘ will be fed by Obama’s recipe for disaster, and we’ll all go hungry.