…(big drum roll) Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
And of course, right on schedule with hardly a pause for breath, the attacks begin (my impression is that there used to be a little grace period for the new nominee, but maybe I’m looking at the past with rose-colored glasses).
I happen to like Ryan. I think he’s smart, serious, and squeaky-clean. I have no idea if he’ll enhance the ticket’s electability, because at this point the election seems to be mostly about whether the American people will believe Obama’s audacious lies. That issue transcends Obama or this particular election year, I’m afraid; it’s about the electorate itself and its ability to assimilate and then critically evaluate information, impressions, and character.