In 2008 Sarah Palin was picked as a materialistic candidate. She had no real experience to become vice-President and the voters quickly saw that. But that didn’t stop the right-wing pundits from trying to sell her to us with such qualifications as “she’s hot” and “a great attack dog”.
Fast-forward to 2012 and we are seeing a repeat. For example, here’s a story that Matt Drudge is pushing:
Now back to 2008. That was a time when we heard the right got after Barack Obama for being “skinny”, despite his body fat being estimated close to double that of Ryan’s. Are appearences really what our Presidential selection process has come down to? Well Politico seems to think so:
Overlooked, understandably, in Saturday’s analysis and news that Rep. Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee was one mostly — but not entirely — unimportant aspect: Paul Ryan is kind of hot.
Upon hearing the news of Ryan’s nomination, TMZ was quick to declare Ryan “the hottest vice presidential candidate ever.”
But looks shouldn’t matter when it comes to President or vice-President. Instead the focus should be on experience and plans. The right seems to ignore this.
So since Romney announced Paul Ryan his choice to top off the ticket, the right has been gaga with Ryan love. But they aren’t focusing on what he can do, but instead on what he looks like. This has given him a superstar status for the right, which brings us to another problem. If the second on the ticket becomes the “star” of the ticket, then you have already lost the election. This isn’t about electing a vice-President, but rather a President.
So was Paul Ryan chosen to take eyes off of Mitt Romney? It sort of seems like it right now. Of course the same thing happened in 2008 when John McCain picked Sarah Palin. We all see how that ended up. It sure seems like the right is bound to repeat that mistake.