Romney Asked Ryan For “Several” Years of Tax Returns

Zeke Miller: Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign requested “several” years of tax returns from potential vice presidential picks, senior adviser Beth Myers, who ran the search, told reporters Saturday. Several is, of course, more than two.

The Generational Politics of RyanCare

John Quiggin: [Future Congresses] will face three choices: (a) Repeal the whole thing if they can do so before it comes into force; (b) Keep on paying high taxes to fund benefits they will never receive for the benefit of the selfish old so-and-so’s who voted to cut the rope once they had reached the [...]

Romney Doesn’t Need to Mobilize the Base

One view of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan is that it is like John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin. The Republican base doesn’t trust Mitt Romney just like they didn’t trust John McCain, and so both men picked VPs who the base does trust. If that’s what Team Romney was thinking, it was a huge [...]

The Choice in 2012

The best way to understand Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan is that it’s an admission by Romney that he will lose if the election is a referendum on Barack Obama. But a referendum election was always his best hope for winning – just stay vague and hope that 8% unemployment is enough for voters [...]