Mitt Romney's chosen running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, is the reverse of Sarah Palin. She was all right-wing flash without much substance. He's all right-wing substance without much flash. Ryan is not a firebrand. He's not smarmy. He doesn't ooze contempt for opponents or ridicule those who disagree with him. In style and tone, he doesn't even sound like an ideologue - until you listen to what he has to say. It's here, in Ryan's views and policy judgments, that we find the true ideologue. More than any other politician today, Ryan exemplifies the social Darwinism at the core of today's Republican Party: Reward the rich, penalize the poor, let everyone else fend for themselves. Dog eat dog. Read more: Paul Ryan represents political dark age - SFGate Oh Robert.... The only thing dark are your eyes....a funny shade of brown....kinda like what my dog leaves on the front yard. You're supposed to be smart. I guess we see the Peter principle at work here. But Ryan's district voted for Obama the last time. Yet he wins by large margins. I wonder why that is ? Do you think it is because people listen to him instead of sprinting (in your case waddling....I've seen you walk) to your word processors to repeat the same crap that you can find at The Nation or HuffPo ? I'd like that answer Robert. After all, you are supposed to be smart.