Posted on | August 12, 2012 | 30 Comments
Has there ever been a campaign that went, literally overnight, from being about nothing to leaping neck-deep into the most treacherous, dangerous issue in American politics? Until [Friday] night, I thought Romney was running for president because he wanted to be president, full stop. Everything about him suggested personal ambition over vision — the endless flip-flops, the extreme caution on the trail, the negative-ad carpet-bombing of Gingrich and Santorum in the primaries. Then I wake up [Saturday] morning and find he’s made the boldest move on entitlement reform in modern U.S. history, all but gambling his candidacy on the public’s ability to not only see through Democratic Mediscare smears but to embrace a reform agenda. I don’t know how to process it. I respect Romney tremendously for it, but it just doesn’t compute. It’s like watching C-3PO lead the raid on the Death Star.
Jersey Nut calls our attention to this video in which Paul Ryan schools Obama on health care policy:
Watch CNN’s Candy Crowley describe the choice of Ryan as the expression of a Republican “death wish”:
Candy: Shut up and make him a sammich.
UPDATE: David Axelrod wants you to know that tall handsome Republicans are bad — bad! — for women.
UPDATE II: Donald Douglas says Allahpundit is “perhaps a shade more Eeyorish than need be,” but you expect that, right?
Some people are natural-born worry-warts, and that’s OK. You wouldn’t want everybody on your side to be boldly sanguine, cockeyed optimists expressing “irrational exuberance.” The critics and naysayers who serve as the voice of caution, pointing out the dangers and risks, are doing a service to the cause. The key in dealing with worry-warts is not to let yourself be paralyzed into inaction by such concerns.
Everybody’s worried — I’m worried, too — but leadership requires action, and fear is the enemy of action. Great victories cannot be won by avoiding risk. Now, everybody put on their game faces, and let’s go kick some butt.