What President Obama and Conservative Ideologues Have in Common

They both are happy to see Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s VP pick.

Really, really happy.

I’ve spent the last two days writing about this, what it means, how it ties in with my recent writings about Mitt Romney’s Manifesto.

And then I read this great piece by David Frum over at CNN.

And then I stopped typing…  because he says it better.

My favorite points:

“The Romney-Ryan team will tell you that fixing Medicare is crucial to their plans for economic growth… Will voters accept this argument? Possibly, although relatively few economists will do so.

Most economists would draw a distinction between the government’s fiscal problems over the medium term and the economy’s problems in the near term. The economy’s near-term problems can be traced to the housing crisis.”

Do I need to remind anyone who was driving the car when this all went down? It was not Barack Obama.

Would smaller government (meaning less oversight) have stopped Wall Street from shooting up the financial wild west?  Obviously not.

Back to Frum on how Romney has now tied himself to the extreme right:

“He has been constrained first to endorse Paul Ryan’s budget plan (which he did in December 2011 after months of attempted evasion), to endorse a cut in the top rate of income tax to 28% (March 2012), and now finally to choose Ryan himself as his running mate. No leeway — and now no exit.”

And now a giant issue will be Medicare.  And as a result, so will The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In both cases, Republicans have the weakest hand at the table. And that is being kind.  They are ideologically ill-equipped to win this particular debate, as I will elaborate on in the days ahead.

By the way, Frum is a former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speechwriting for George W. Bush.  Despite this, he writes objectively and with little political influence, much to the dismay of his former peers.

I admire that.

And so should you.