And the crowd roared. Maybe they thought the same thing. Perhaps they cheered so loudly because they thought "Thank goodness, Romney's finally come to his senses. Perhaps we Republicans can really win this thing with Ryan at the helm now!"
Of course he means that Paul Ryan will be the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee and potential President. He can't mean that he's trading places with Ryan in the current Presidential election. Or could he?
Maybe Romney's freudian slip occurred because he thinks that Ryan would make a better President than he himself. Perhaps he thinks with Ryan's help, he will become President but is attributing most of the effort in that cause to Ryan. Who knows what was really running through Romney's head when he mis-spoke so eloquently? More likely it was a brain-fart of developing senility showing.
But will Paul Ryan really help the ticket? Talk is that half of Republicans think Ryan will hurt the Presidential cause, mainly because they don't think he is conservative enough and his budget plan doesn't reduce the deficit fast enough.
Even so, it's doubtful that those Republicans will vote for Obama. However, it is possible that Ryan's budget plan, his attack on social security, his attack on medicare and his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) will drive away elderly Independent voters. That could be critical in swing states such as Florida and may cause them to lose the election.
Perhaps the best thing that Ryan will do for Romney is to remove some of the focus of the very successful negative attack adds. But then again, Ryan's "sinful" political reputation is sure to draw fire from concerned religious groups and kind humans everywhere.
Now that I think about it, Paul Ryan may not have been such a good idea for the GOP, but choosing him for VP mate may just be the best thing that the Republicans could have done for Obama.