Now that we know Paul Ryan has been selected as Romney’s running mate, the 24/7 media vetting will begin. Hopefully he’ll do better than Palin did who was in over her head. I doubt anyone expects he won’t be able to go toe-to-toe with Biden or Obama, and he gives Romney increased credibility with social conservatives, likely something he’s going to need.
But this is the weekend, so we don’t focus on that stuff on Saturdays. Instead I’ll arm you with 3 interesting anecdotes about his life that will make you look really intelligent and informed in your stuffy social circles over the weekend:
- His great-grandfather, grandfather, and father died at 59, 57, and 55 of heart attacks, respectively. Paul Ryan is 42 and looks to be in good shape.
- He was voted prom king in high school but also “biggest brown-noser”. If brown-nosing gets you to where he is who’s laughing now?
- He once stated that Ayn Rand of Atlas Shrugged was the reason he going into politics and that it was required reading with his Congressional staff. He later backtracked the comments after the Catholic church (he’s Catholic by the way) found out because Rand’s philosophy is atheist-ish. But he pretty much took back everything he said. If this was due to a change of heart (the comments were 7 years apart) once can respect an evolving worldview.