Ryan actually has the policy heft that Palin pretended to have. Sure, like Palin, Ryan has no foreign policy experience. But I certainly don’t expect Ryan to be as disastrous in international relations. Not because Palin set the bar so low that I felt more qualified to run for vice president just by being able to answer the questions posed to her. But because Ryan is a hard worker who will study actual policy rather memorize lines to get through a debate or interview.
Palin was a statewide elected official before she quit her office halfway through her first term as governor. Ryan is a seven-term congressman who has never run statewide, let alone nationally. Thanks to his “Roadmap” and subsequent budget plans, Ryan has spent more than two years under the hot lights of national scrutiny. Yet, the lights of a presidential campaign burn with the heat of a thousand suns. We’ll soon see whether Ryan can handle that. But this much I know: He won’t wilt.
Finally, here’s the biggest and most important difference between Ryan and Palin. With his selection, the 42-year-old Ryan is the bona fide leader with the necessary policy chops that conservatives hoped Palin would be. She was poised to be the leader of the Republican Party after her 2008 defeat, but she squandered her future potential on reality TV shows and point-scoring from her perch at Fox News. That Palin won’t be speaking at the convention in Tampa is proof that her Republican reign mercifully may be over.
I really don't think I will EVER tire of watching pundits use Palin as a measuring tool for how bad a political candidate COULD be. It just warms the cockles of my heart.
However many in the GOP are still in a relative panic over Mitt's choice for VP. Enough so that they sent out a memo with talking points directing them on how to spin the Ryan budget and the predicted blowback concerning his views on Medicare.
Some, like Dick Morris, are even saying that this might have doomed the Romney campaign. (Yeah like it WASN'T doomed already!)
By the way speaking of blowback, I hear that Palin will be on with Greta tonight. This will be her first interview since being kicked to the curb by the Romney campaign, and told she will have NO role at the convention.
I will certainly have MY bowl of popcorn at the ready. Could be HIGHLY entertaining.