The immediate benefit to Mitt from picking Ryan is that the Press Corps will stop talking about Mitt. For a while. For the next week or two the story won’t be the tax returns and the gaffes and Bain and begging the President to stop picking on him and looking at him funny. It will be what a smart and brave guy Paul Ryan is and isn’t it great that this campaign will finally be about tackling the deficit and reining in entitlements and just how deeply back into their place we have to put poor people.
I don’t get it.
I don’t get the National Press Corps’ collective man-crush on Paul Ryan.
I got Reagan. I got Newt. I got W., grudgingly. I even get Palin.
Inside DC he must play very differently. But out here he comes across as just another dweeby company man who’s climbed the promotion ladder by impressing his bosses by telling them exactly what they want to hear but with charts.
If life were a movie, he’d be the guy the boss wants his daughter to marry instead of Clark Gable.
Seriously! What am I missing? What’s his secret? Does he just give off a vibe? Does he smell nice? Are those big staring blue eyes hypnotic?
Can anybody in DC explain it? Why do they swoon for him so?