There is more to the story. The coming debate over Medicare feeds into the larger theme that Team Romney has clearly been developing — and it gets to why I think Silver and Crowley are wildly off base.
Romney has been hinting at this message for some time: Under the presidency of Barack Obama, the United States has fallen into decline. The entitlement problem hasn’t just remained the same; the problems have been exacerbated.
The country needs real changes to restore American greatness. A vote for Obama-Biden is a vote for unsustainability. A vote for Romney-Ryan is a vote for change, and therefore hope that America’s best days are ahead. Or, we might say, Team Romney is all about hope and change — a campaign theme that is known to work rather well!
Go read the whole thing. If the crowd sizes are any indication, the Romney-Ryan ticket is wildly popular with the base. And I suspect it is playing well with independents. Romney’s pick shows a willingness to face problems head-on. That usually plays very well with Americans.
One other thing. It’s time – past time, really – to get behind these two men. If you publicly question them, you’re speaking for 0bama. William Jacobson has this exactly right. Time to invoke Reagan’s 11th commandment.