Since Mitt Romney choose Paul Ryan as his Vice-President, much has been said and written about how Paul Ryan changes the dynamics of this race. There is no doubt he raised the enthusiasm level for Republicans, more than a notch or two. Some of that enthusiasm and interest is clear behind the scenes. I can tell you the posts I have written about our future Vice-President are receiving more attention from the search engines and from social media. Anything that mentions Paul Ryan seems to do well. The under current of excitement in this campaign seems to be growing every day.
There are also outward signs of how exciting the campaign is becoming. Some of those signs come from the candidates themselves. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan seem to genuinely like each other and it is showing up on the trail. We have always know Ryan is enthusiastic about what he is doing and it seems to be rubbing off on Romney, who is sometimes perceived as reserved, even aloof. Part of that perception comes from his personality. Mitt Romney is a private person who is reluctant to talk about his achievements. In other words, he really doesn’t like to toot his own horn. The signals I am receiving from reading the news reports tell me things are changing.
(Politico) Under a bright blue sky, at a theater-in-the-round set-up on Saint Anselm College, Romney and Ryan tag-teamed, playing off one another as they fielded queries.
“I hadn’t seen them in person before and I can tell you from the anecdotal …it was very powerful,” said Tom Rath, a top New Hampshire endorser of Romney’s who said he got calls from attendees afterward.
“They said, I haven’t seen Mitt like that. It wasn’t so much Ryan, it was Mitt.”
Ryan, he added, would repeatedly “set the ball up in the air, and Mitt spiked it.”
“Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan had a visible rapport with each other. They were able to answer parts of the same question that build upon what the other said. It was very impressive and provided a tangible example of how their focused solutions on the fiscal and economy challenges of the country are not only the greatest message focus for the campaign but also might just be the glue that probably bound this relationship from the beginning.”
When Mitt Romney first announced his choice of Paul Ryan to be his Vice-President, theories abounded about why he chose Ryan. Some of the experts opined that he should have chosen someone who could have helped him win a swing state, and that Paul Ryan wasn’t that person. However, I still go back to the comment made by Jim, from Conservatives on Fire. Romney might have picked someone who would have been more helpful in the campaign to get himself elected; but he picked someone who will be a great asset if he is elected. I think what we are seeing is exactly that. The presence of Paul Ryan is bringing out a side of Mitt Romney we have seldom seen. There can be no question, he has helped this campaign tremendously.
Obviously, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan can not campaign together every day. They have to branch out separately, in order to cover more ground. In a campaign that has several swing states that are crucial, it is a necessity that each man be on his own. Having said that, and after watching the two men together, it may be smart for their aides to work in as many duo appearances as possible. It clearly works for both men and seems to be working for the voters.
I have always held the opinion that Paul Ryan would be a different kind of Vice-President. Unlike Joe Biden, he can be turned loose on the campaign trail, without worrying about what he might say or do. If Romney and Ryan can win this election, I suspect he will be more than a Vice-President who is just a spokesperson or the deciding vote in the Senate. If Mitt Romney is smart, and I think he is, he will give Paul Ryan a larger role in shaping administration policy. It may not be he conventional thing to do, but if he does, he may very well be the best asset Mitt Romney has.