Ryan Candidacy Puts Debts, Deficits Front and Center
Liberals who are "giddy"
at the prospects of Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Congressman
Paul Ryan are in for a rude and sober awakening when they realize the
strategic genius behind the decision.
Team Romney's strategy? Lure the Obama campaign into attacking Ryan's "Path to Prosperity"
deficit reduction plan as a means to frame the 2012 election as a
battle over the economic consequences of debt and deficits. If Obama
strategists David Axelrod and David Plouffe take the bait, Mitt Romney
When the Obama campaign and its surrogates run retreads of the infamous "throw grandma off the cliff"
Medi-scare ads against the Ryan plan, Team Romney will run the
identical ad and say "Obama's reckless spending and deficit spending
have already driven America's economic future over the cliff."
When the Obama campaign claims that the Ryan plan paves a "path to
prosperity" for the big insurance companies, the Romney campaign will
counter that Obamacare has already paved a trillion dollar "path to prosperity" for Obama's big insurance company cronies.
When the Obama campaign alleges that the Ryan plan will "end Medicare
as we know it," the Romney campaign will fire back that Obama's
addition of $5,027,761,476,484.56 to the national debt has already ended Medicare as we know it.
Punch after punch, jab after jab, every Obama attack on the Ryan
approach to reducing debt will allow the Romney camp to frame and cement
Obama's ruinous spending explosion--as well as its disastrous effects
on the economic wasteland America has become under Obama's leadership.
To see how devastating such policy pivots will be, just take a look at page five
of Ryan's Path to Prosperity plan. There, Ryan contrasts Obama's debt
exploding vision for America with his vision for fiscal responsibility. It's persuasion on steroids.
Will Obama be foolish enough to attack Romney and Ryan on an issue
that puts debts and deficits front and center? Republicans could only
be so lucky.