Morning Examiner: Ryan’s veepstakes vault

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

There is one Republican whose picture is on the front page of both The Washington Post and The New York Times this morning. And although both stories are about Mitt Romney’s campaign, the picture isn’t of him. It’s of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

The Post headline reads: “Some see a golden ticket in Romney, Ryan.” The Times blares: “Budget author, Romney ally, turns into a campaign focus.” Both articles go on to make the same points: 1) Ryan and Romney functioned as a perfect team while campaigning in Wisconsin this past week; 2) choosing Ryan would instantaneously excite a now skeptical conservative base; and 3) if President Obama is going to make the Ryan budget the centerpiece of his campaign against Romney, why not have the plan’s author on the ticket to defend it?

Ryan is already on record he would have to consider any offer to run as vice president. And his enthusiastic campaigning for Romney in Wisconsin shows he has the capability and the desire to sell Romney as the next Commander in Chief. Contrast Ryan’s spirited endorsement of Romney at Tuesday’s night election party in Wisconsin with Sen. Marco Rubio’s, R-Fla., at best lukewarm endorsement of Romney (parodied on The Daily Show here).

In a separate article, The Post‘s Chris Cillizza writes:

It’s not hard to imagine this thought in Romney headquarters this morning: You want to make the Ryan plan the centerpiece of this campaign? Fine. Game on. That’s a fight we want. If you believe — and you should — that the dominant issue of this campaign is over which party has the best plan to put the country on sound financial footing then there’s no better way for Romney to drive a contrast with Obama than to put the face of the conservative approach to budgeting on the national ticket. (It doesn’t hurt that Ryan is telegenic, beloved by tea party conservatives and from a swing state like Wisconsin.)

Romney still could also make a safer choice, like Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, or Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Campaign 2012
Romney: Speaking at the American Society of News Editors luncheon in Washington on Wednesday, Romney accused Obama of running a “hide-and-seek campaign” replete with lies about Republicans’ policy proposals, coddling of foreign leaders and “a series of election-year conversions.”

Obama: Constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law School professor and former mentor to Obama, told The Wall Street Journal that the president “obviously misspoke” earlier this week when he made comments about the Supreme Court possibly overturning the health-care law.

Around the Bigs
The Wall Street Journal, Markets Fear End of Stimulus: Fears that the central banks of Europe and the U.S. may soon end efforts to support financial markets as well as fresh concerns about the health of Europe’s weakest countries drove down stock markets around the world Wednesday.

USA Today, Fact check: Obama’s Supreme Court remarks: finds that “As any number of others were quick to point out, there is ample precedent for the Supreme Court voiding laws passed by Congress. In fact, overturning unconstitutional laws has been part of the Supreme Court’s job description for more than two centuries” and that “the health care law wasn’t passed by a “strong” majority, either. In the House, the final vote was 219 to 212, with all Republicans and even 34 Democrats voting in opposition.”

The Washington Examiner, White House has no comment on CBC’s Trayvon Martin bill: Asked for comment about a Congressional Black Caucus resolution that declares that “racial bias” caused Trayvon Martin’s death, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “Again, I don’t think it’s appropriate and I won’t, therefore, comment on something that’s under investigation by both the Justice Department and Florida authorities.”

Righty Playbook
The Heritage Foundation‘s Nina Owcharenko says conservatives do have a plan for health reform.

At The Corner, David Muhlhausen reminds Obama that Head Start doesn’t work.

The Republican National Committee posted a video showing that Obama gave the exact same speech about the Ryan plan last year that he give this year.

Lefty Playbook
The Los Angeles Times George Skelton asks, “Should high-speed rail take priority over higher education?”

ThinkProgress reports that, in response to pressure from liberal activists, Coca-Cola has agreed to stop giving money to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The Daily Beast‘s David Dow calls on Democrats to impeach the Supreme Court if they overturn Obamacare.

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