Now that the dust is starting to settle over Mitt Romney’s “bold” veep pick Paul Ryan, many Republicans are fretting in private over what his vice presidential candidacy may mean. Um, dream team for the Obama campaign. This election won’t be about the economy, as it should. It will now be about entitlement programs, specifically Medicare, which Paul Ryan literally wants to “throw momma from the train” with his voucher programs and sweeping cuts all the while looking out for the ultra-rich like his boss Mitt Romney with tax cuts after tax cuts.
Politico: “Away from the cameras, and with all the usual assurances that people aren’t being quoted by name, there is an unmistakable consensus among Republican operatives in Washington: Romney has taken a risk with Ryan that has only a modest chance of going right — and a huge chance of going horribly wrong.”
“It is not that the public professions of excitement about the Ryan selection are totally insincere. It is that many of the most optimistic Republican operatives will privately acknowledge that their views are being shaped more by fingers-crossed hope than by a hard-headed appraisal of what’s most likely to happen.”
The GOP strategists are also concerned Ryan could cost the party House and Senate seats this fall, if the Democrats are successful in demonizing the vice presidential candidate’s controversial budget plan, which calls for deep cuts to entitlement programs and changes to Medicare.