Last night on Twitter, New York Times blogger Nate Silver said, “I think Ryan pick …indicates (a) bearish view from Romney campaign.” Silver elaborates here, saying that Romney picked Ryan in part because he believes “he had a losing position” against President Obama.
Likewise, today, CNN’s Candy Crowley said:
[T]his might be, looks a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish. That, oh, my gosh, do we really want to talk about these thing? Is this where we want to go when the economy is so bad? We could have stayed on that.
These interpretations of the Paul Ryan pick — that it is either a move of desperation or a really stupid choice — are wrong. While it’s true Democrats will run a Mediscare campaign like they did in 1996, Romney and Ryan have three powerful rejoinders this time around: