The Atlas Shrugged Ticket: Conservative David Frum Says Paul Ryan, on Balance, is a Minus for Romney’s Campaign

Why does he say that? Because in picking the Ayn Rand enthusiast and millionaire Paul Ryan,

Romney has transformed a campaign about jobs and growth into a campaign about entitlements and Medicare. Romney will now have to spend the next months explaining how and why shrinking Medicare after 2023 will create prosperity in 2013. Economic conditions are so tough—the Obama reelection proposition is so weak—that Romney may win anyway. But wow, the job just got harder.

Frum is referring, of course, to the Ayn Rand inspired Ryan budget plan, which is now the Romney-Ryan budget plan.

My take: in choosing Ryan, the Obama campaign’s narrative is nicely reinforced. The millionaire who picked another millionaire for his running mate really is out to enlist the federal government into the service of a social Darwinian agenda. My bet is that the ultimate result of Romney’s pick is that President Obama’s electoral vote count on election night will exceed 300.

Mitt Romney has grossly miscalculated. By putting a guy on the ticket with him whose favorite novel is about rich people shrugging off all other people and retreating into a hyper-fortified, gated community called “Galt’s Gulch,” he has perhaps revealed more about his vision for America than he knew.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to The Atlas Shrugged Ticket: Conservative David Frum Says Paul Ryan, on Balance, is a Minus for Romney’s Campaign

  1. Anonymous says:

    From the Obama campaign’s talking points to your blog. Why not just copy and paste?

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      I’ve never been to Obama’s campaign website, so I don’t know what you’re talking about in terms of cutting and pasting. The “Social Darwinism” phrase I’ve heard Obama use, but I think it’s apt. Other than that, all the observations are out of my own sorry noodle (for what they’re worth, which you obviously think is not very much).

      And I liked “The Atlas Shrugged Ticket” when I thought of it. I hadn’t seen it anywhere else. Maybe I’m the first to use it.


  2. concerned christian says:

    Santi, I hope that your strong commitment to Obama does not get into your good judgment, while you were posting this sarcastic video about Paul Ryan, Drudge posted a link to a more enlightening presentation of Paul criticism of Obamacare. It is worthy ofdiscussion not the stand up comic jokes in your video.

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