And finally Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate for the upcoming US elections sparked an outpouring reaction within the political mainstream. The selection of Ryan simultaneously ignited another debate that compares Mitt Romney’s choice of Ryan to the one made by John McCain in the 2008 elections by choosing Sarah Palin.
Like the advisors of Barack Obama, even we just could not stop drawing comparisons between the two candidates as the race for the White House heats up.
1. Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin both have a ‘Bold’ factor common
According to Obama camp member David Axelrod, he is feeling the very same excitement he felt four years ago when John McCain appointed Sarah Palin as his VP – to an extent he is right. Like Sarah Palin who was termed as a controversial and bold choice made by McCain, similar things are being said about the selection of Paul Ryan. The boldness in the choice of electing Paul Ryan can mainly be because of his controversial budget plan of cutting expenditures.
2. The Potential of Firing up a campaign
No matter what objections you have for these two people, you have to admit that they brought energy to beleaguered campaigns. With many remembering Sarah Palin as the winner of a beauty contest, it did provide Republicans to haunt Democrats. Similar has been the reaction towards Paul. His appointment has given the Romney camp much needed fillip. Voted as the prom king at school, Paul now looks forward to draw huge crowds to energize his conservative base.
3. Conservatives: One word to describe them both
It may not look like to many but Paul and Palin do have a lot in common when it comes to their staunchly conservative approach towards issues such as gay marriages, gay adoption and abortion. Plan went to the extent of saying that she would not opt for abortion even if her own daughter was raped. Similar has been the approach of Paul on these issues. He has co-sponsored bills that would declare that life begins at conception and would grant legal and constitutional rights to fetuses.
Apart from these similarities it is worth mentioning here that the election of Ryan reframes the election as a fundamental clash of ideologies. The selection accentuates on the opposed direction in which each party wants to take the country.