Perhaps, a more accurate title for this post would be "the most recent case for Paul Ryan." A fair number of conservative writers are expression, at this early date, serious concern about the Romney campaign. It seems adrift, bordering on moribund. At this momet Romney's conservative bona fides are not what's giving me pause.
It's his seeming inability to engage in an all out battle that has me deeply concerned. A week ago today the Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel dubbed November "The Obamacare Election." She was arguing that it was now the frontburner issue in this race. Romney responded by virtually ignoring the Supreme Court ruling that inspired Strassel to write that. And one of his surrogates agreed with President Obama that the individual mandate penalty is not a tax. That forced Romney to contradict that position on Wednesday.
The ultimate "fighter" pick for running mate would be Chris Christie. But conservatives have concerns about his conservative credentials almost as much as they do Romney's. And two on the ticket from the Eastern Seaboard doesn't seem like a good idea. Rob Portman and Tim Pawlenty are solid conservatives but neither is pugnacious. I think Bobby Jindal can be, I know Paul Ryan is.
If Marco Rubio really is out, and it's seems more and more that is the case, I think Paul Ryan is the best option available, even if it's for reasons the Romney campaign either doesn't understand or won't admit.