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coalition_unwilling

(14,180 posts)
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 10:48 AM Aug 2012

Why did Ryan agree to be Romney's VP pick? What does Ryan gain from

tying himself to a floundering effort? Is Ryan deluded enough to think that, with him on the ticket, RMoney has a chance of winning?

I'd be interested to hear DU's speculation.

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Why did Ryan agree to be Romney's VP pick? What does Ryan gain from (Original Post) coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 OP
2016. No doubt it's positioning him. PLUS $$$ from the Norquist/Koch Bros for the future. n/t progressivebydesign Aug 2012 #1
+1 n/t FSogol Aug 2012 #5
Hmm. But if the Ryan Plan comes front and center and RR go down in flames, wouldn't coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #8
Add in the book deals and speaking fees. sadbear Aug 2012 #15
Next in line? A shot at running for Senate. Better lobbyist dollars later on. Motown_Johnny Aug 2012 #2
Yup ! russspeakeasy Aug 2012 #4
It's usually about positioning yourself oldtime dfl_er Aug 2012 #3
But being VP nominee for LBJ-Goldwater v 2.0 hardly seems like coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #11
It always ups your profile oldtime dfl_er Aug 2012 #17
He's gonna lose his seat in Congress. RevStPatrick Aug 2012 #6
He thinks he is the saviour of the country. He is power hungry just like Mitt. Lint Head Aug 2012 #7
Yes, those with huge egos do delude themselves all the time. I also think he want to position still_one Aug 2012 #9
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Tom Ripley Aug 2012 #10
Yip the last two GOP VP picks are on TV when ever and where ever they find one Johonny Aug 2012 #14
Ryan expected to lose his congressional seat. SDjack Aug 2012 #12
Republicans have a "next in line" philosophy on presidential candidates. tritsofme Aug 2012 #13
Even if RR get shellacked like Goldwater-Miller did in '64? We never coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #16
I don't care why, EC Aug 2012 #18
2016 n/t librechik Aug 2012 #19
 

coalition_unwilling

(14,180 posts)
8. Hmm. But if the Ryan Plan comes front and center and RR go down in flames, wouldn't
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 10:59 AM
Aug 2012

that hurt Ryan's chances in 2016? Or is the thinking that a rump Repig Party would be even more enamored of Ryan?

 

Motown_Johnny

(22,308 posts)
2. Next in line? A shot at running for Senate. Better lobbyist dollars later on.
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 10:50 AM
Aug 2012

More airtime on FAUX. A platform to spew his nonsense from. Etc etc etc.

 

coalition_unwilling

(14,180 posts)
11. But being VP nominee for LBJ-Goldwater v 2.0 hardly seems like
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 11:02 AM
Aug 2012

a smart move if the real game is 2016. Maybe Ryan is thinking 2020 or beyond?

oldtime dfl_er

(6,924 posts)
17. It always ups your profile
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 11:39 AM
Aug 2012

whether your guy has a chance or not, it still gets you publicity and visibility, and they usually spell your name right.

 

RevStPatrick

(2,208 posts)
6. He's gonna lose his seat in Congress.
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 10:57 AM
Aug 2012

For someone as young as Ryan is (OMG... He's younger than me!!!) a losing ride as VP won't harm him in the long run. This will actually help him save face when he loses his congressional seat, and it gives him national facetime. 2016, 2020, 2024... he's young enough to go for any of those years.

I don't think he expects to actually win this...

still_one

(91,459 posts)
9. Yes, those with huge egos do delude themselves all the time. I also think he want to position
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 11:00 AM
Aug 2012

himself for 2016 if romney loses


Johonny

(20,412 posts)
14. Yip the last two GOP VP picks are on TV when ever and where ever they find one
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 11:07 AM
Aug 2012

speaking fees, TV shows, magazine covers... there is $$ to be made being VP for the Republican party.

SDjack

(1,448 posts)
12. Ryan expected to lose his congressional seat.
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 11:04 AM
Aug 2012

Two outcomes: 1) He is elected VP, and will be in a good place for seeking run for GOP nomination in 2020+. 2) If he is defeated, this move to be VP candidate will earn him points with the GOP. He will be a player in the 2016 GOP campaign, with at least a good chance of being a cabinet officer if the GOP wins the presidency.

tritsofme

(17,248 posts)
13. Republicans have a "next in line" philosophy on presidential candidates.
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 11:07 AM
Aug 2012

The fundraising networks and exposure he will gain will give him the inside track on 2016.

 

coalition_unwilling

(14,180 posts)
16. Even if RR get shellacked like Goldwater-Miller did in '64? We never
Sat Aug 11, 2012, 11:33 AM
Aug 2012

heard of William Miller again (at least until his hilarious daughter Stephanie became all the rage on liberal left-wing talk radio

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