I don't see the ryan selection as an indication of romney's view of romney's electoral prospects. I see it more as a repeat of the considerations that went into the choice of sarah palin: that is, as a sign of the deep fractures that a moderate republican candidate must overcome in order to win his own party. one also has to keep in mind that romney has not been able to attract the top flight talent to his campaign staff, which is both a major consequence of the fractures that he feels he has to overcome and a significant reason that the ryan choice is perhaps, to turn a phrase, "ill advised".
From news reports over the past several months, when the specifics of Ryan's House budget are read to voters across the political spectrum the majority disapprove of it. Many simply hate it.
And now Mitt Romney is chained to the Ryan budget like the Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier characters in "The Defiant Ones" (remember, for all their attempts at escaping, they ended up back on the chain gang).
Lastly, in choosing Ryan Romney has managed to paint a picture of a candidate lacking enough backbone to stand up to the right-wing of his own party at a time when more than mere conventional wisdom says he should be tracking toward the political center.
The electorate has probably already been questioning Romney's commitment to any stand he makes on any issue, so at odds are his recent statements with a record as governor of Massachusetts that includes the very health care provisions that he now vows to overturn nationally as president.
Even if they don't recognize the original quote, voters may already suspect that the inescapably millionaire Romney eminently satisfies Oscar Wilde's definition of a cynic: someone who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
Just another bullshitter - I don't understand it but it seems the right wingers like to get bfed...over and over again... the harder the better.... PRES. OBAMA: When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure, you know, he’s just being America’s accountant, trying to be responsible …This is the same guy who voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn’t paid for. So it’s not on the level.