Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney selects Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate. In a sane and healthy society, this would be a disastrous pick -- Mr. Ryan has proposed two budgets that would kill Medicare and compared Wisconsin union demonstrators to Egyptian demonstrators without meaning to pay a compliment, and he's not even a lock to keep the House seat he's won easily in every election since 1998. But we live in a sick, immoral, and decadent society, and here's how he could become Vice President: the "liberal" media, having spent so much time painting him as an "intellectual" and a "serious" "policy wonk," won't want to appear like a bunch of idiots for failing to point out that the Budget Emperor's been running without any clothes on for almost two years, so they won't. I suppose it's possible that the "liberal" media might understand that the "serious policy wonk" mythos won't stand the harsh light of a Presidential campaign, so they might "forget" they ever anointed him. But that's a hell of a thing to count on, and Americans deserve more than that.
In a possibly related note, the Romney campaign suggests that a rash of bad poll numbers for their candidate doesn't accurately reflect how well he's doing. "Guys, it’s the middle of summer, it’s the doldrums, it’s the middle of the Olympics," one Romney adviser said. "There has not been any national news, anything that would push these numbers from 3 to 9 points...You’ve got to have something to precipitate that kind of sea change." But I suspect we do have something that would "precipitate that kind of sea change" -- and that something is Mitt Romney.