On the Good Ship Malaprop, Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as “the next President of the United States”. Poor Mitt — he’s just not ready for prime time. Ryan is, though.
Ryan is a snake-oil salesman, and like any good snake-oil salesman he comes across as a regular guy, a guy who just wants to put you onto a good deal. This is oddly refreshing after the vacuousness of Romney and Obama. They are spokesmodels for corporate America and come off like spokesmodels — hollow and robotic. Obama’s lofty rhetoric, that once reminded you of the rhetoric of a great preacher of the old school, fails to impress anymore, now that we know he’s just blowing smoke up our asses.
Ryan comes across as a human being, a flim-flam man but not a robot or a pasteboard pastor. This will be a two-sided sword for Romney — Ryan may inject some humanity into Romney’s campaign but that humanity will simultaneously make Romney look even more synthetic than he already does.
But Ryan is good. He will wipe the floor with Biden in their debate. He will remind people of Obama’s synthetic persona even as he reminds them of Romney’s synthetic persona.
He has suddenly made the race interesting.