Ryan's out campaigning, at events, at rallies, giving speeches, at least as hard as Romney.
What more could he be doing?
For those of us who don't see Romney or Ryan except on tv, there should be a third possibility: No idea. I could check No idea because here in Georgia, I have No idea of what Ryan is doing and No idea of where Ryan is doing it.
Ergo, the lack of that possibility, eg, No idea, means that I cannot legitimately participate in the poll. If that is what is desired, then the poll will be a success. If it is not, and there is a real interest in perceptions of how Ryan is doing, then lacking No idea is a failure.
I am, however, only one Ricocheti and not all Ricochetus (plural for Ricocheti [?]) and, therefore, have No idea of how the rest of my peers are seeing this.
This is the most depressing conservative (?) website. Thanks for dashing my hopes. I think I will stay away until after the election!!
Did anyone really think Ryan's talents were as important to Romney as his conservative bona fides? Like Palin before him, he has energized the base; unlike Palin before him, he has a genuine and serious candidate to support.
Vice Presidents are supposed to support their candidates, not carry them: Romney's competence lets Ryan do his job as it ought to be done and Ryan's doing it.
AnnaS: "This is the most depressing conservative (?) website."
Actually, if one reads it with an open mind, one will find irony and other bits of humor sprinkled throughout the posts.
There is also the possibility of inventing new words here. Many but not all Ricochetus are fairly quick and fairly intelligent and will take pause at the invention of a new word, so if you find a new word in your lexicon, please drop it on us.
Ricochet is an expanding universe, with a myriad of possibilities. I certainly will look forward to your future contributions. (I may have to think if a new word for contribution, but nothing comes to mind right now. Sorry.)
I will keep an open mind and an eye out for a new word. What makes everyone here so pessimistic about Romney's chances?
Where's the "Hell No" option?
Actually, Anna, I think you'll find this group anything but pessimistic. Yesterday's poll results show that more than 90 percent of the Ricochetti think Romney will emerge victorious.
Thanks Troy! I am sorta new and it seemed otherwise today!
AnnaS: "What makes everyone here so pessimistic about Romney's chances?"
It depends on which everyone you are asking about. Paul Rahe has been insisting for months that it would be a blowout, both popular vote and electoral college vote, for Romney.
Others, being consistent pessimists, have less faith in the ability of Americans to hate being patronized while losing their jobs and homes.
Others have watched what appeared to be a listless campaign by Romney, and wondered if he was going to stand up and deliver a message.
To his credit, Romney did stand up and did deliver a message and delivered it very well. The caricature that was Romney was dispelled by the actual Romney big time at the first televised debate. Romney looked and acted like a man who knows both business and governing. He also has made it known that he will utilize talented women in government even if he has to solicit resumes and match skills and experience to the jobs he needs done.
Lastly for the moral conservatives, he picked Ryan and sounded like a moral conservative.
At this point he is checking all the right boxes, and it is the right time.
I would say because they are trying hard to be realistic. The picture painted by the MSM of the majority of Americans is not too attractive. It seems that they like class warfare, they feel entitled to the redistribution of hard-earned money, they like hearing fine people like Romney and Ryan being slandered, they are rude and want to destroy all the values that have made America a successful country. These people wouldn't vote for decent, family men like Romney. This is not a pretty picture.
This election is so important because it is away beyond the personalities of Governor Romney and President Obama. It will be revealing of the American people and whether they still stand by the original genius of the Founders, or want to move to Euro-Communism/Socialism.
Why there is so much anxiety among conservatives is because they know what is at stake and are terrified that America will continue on the road it is presently following.
I'm sure they know where Ryan helps the most, and that's exactly where he goes. He probably goes where Romney should go, but doesn't have time to.
That question is unanswerable from the Left Coast. We just aren't part of the race this time through. However, let me echo comments I've heard in many quarters of the interwebs, there are almost no Obama bumper stickers in evidence in Southern California. This is a big contrast to 2008. I've seen far more Romney decals than Obama this season.
Very helpful responses. Although you were not just speaking to me, I took it as so :-) Thanks!
I voted YES, but in truth I have NO IDEA. But it appears to me that, of the binary choice offered, yes has to be the correct answer....because whatever they're doing, it's working.
Further, Romney is the Presidential candidate. It would not be wise, for a host of reasons, to have Ryan eclipse Romney at this stage.
So the real time to be asking this question will be a year or two from now.
I voted "Yes" and I largely agree with Mike's sentiments. I'm tempted to say I've been somewhat disappointed by that Ryan isn't ... more exciting(?) but that has more to do with my own unrealistic expectations from when I wanted him at the top of the ticket. I realize now that intelligence, work ethic and even moral clarity are not enough to make an effective candidate. There's a certain presence and higher level of public speaking that Ryan is still developing (this is by no means a knock - I love the guy - but when he gives a speech he sounds like he's still in Toastmasters).
Mike Poliquin: Did anyone really think Ryan's talents were as important to Romney as his conservativebona fides? Like Palin before him, he has energized the base; unlike Palin before him, he has a genuine and serious candidate to support.
Vice Presidents are supposed to supporttheir candidates, not carry them: Romney's competence lets Ryan do his job as it ought to be done and Ryan's doing it. · 4 hours ago
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