Romney goes bold with Ryan as VP pick | WashingtonExaminer.com Mitt Romney is not known as a gambling man. When choosing a running mate, many observers expected Romney to make the safest, most cautious choice most likely Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.* By instead choosing Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney is sending a clear signal that he intends to run a more daring and more ideologically vigorous campaign than he has run up to this point. And in that sense, Romney has now become a gambling man. Although Romney had embraced the Ryan budget plan, he has now embraced its author, too and in the process moved the issue of entitlement reform and controls on federal spending to the top of the Romney campaign agenda. It wasnt in such a prominent position before. Romneys gamble is that in the midst of an economic downturn, voters are ready to accept Ryans prescription for fixing the federal budget, in particular his proposals for reforming Medicare. Romney and Ryan are right that major changes need to be made, and at some point the voting public will accept that view, too. That day is coming. The question is whether it will arrive by November 6. ******************************** It is a go for broke kind of thing. Can Romney sell the independents who will like Ryan's proposals which are concrete...and will be in start contrast to Obama's failed stimulus ? All the while convincing voters in Florida that he isn't going to throw them onto the street. And will Ryan help gain some traction with young people who are pretty disgusted with Obama's crappy leadership ? It's time to see just how right leaning this country really is.