But Hey, Paul Ryan Is From Wisconsin, And I Am Excited About The News
Hannibal Hamlin gets mentioned in our home more than you might imagine.
From James’ research into genealogy, to my interest in the Civil War, the first Vice-President of Abraham Lincoln gets his fair share of conversation time in our home.
That Hannibal Hamlin came from Maine, and James grew up there is not lost on the conversations, and it all remains a rather interesting point of history for us.
I suspect many of my readers are thinking that the first post on my blog concerning the selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee should contain some blistering partisan remarks. But that will have to wait for another posting.
I have to tell you that I am rather excited about this news.
Politically I feel the Ryan nomination is a risky selection. There will be pitfalls Romney must now deal with in relation to the Ryan budget proposals, and there will be interest groups that names such as Marco Rubio could have appealed to that Ryan can not even begin to relate with. But all that will be dealt with down the road in many ways as we head to the election.
I am excited, as someone who loves politics more than partisanship, about the Ryan nomination. There will be a continuing buzz and energy in Wisconsin that will not happen in any other state this fall because of this news.
There will be banner headlines in tomorrow’s Sunday state newspapers, TV broadcasts will have more local coverage of the now national candidate for the remainder of the election, and perhaps something more than ‘everything Packers’ will dominate in this state. Would that not be refreshing? After the Packers embarrassing start this week the Ryan news might even be a relief.
Sure there are partisan differences with Paul Ryan, and they run deep. But there is also a real honor for Wisconsin that one of our own made a national ticket. This is what I hope we can all focus on today.
History is being made, and we get a rather front-row seat in this state from which to watch it all unfold.
In that sense I think we all come out as winners in Wisconsin.
Who knows maybe 151 years from now folks will talk about Paul Ryan as we do of Hannibal Hamlin.