I think that this logo suggested by the Democratic Underground captures the economic and political philosophy of the Republican ticket perfectly.
Why Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan is still being puzzled and even fretted over, especially by Republican party insiders. Gossip is emerging that Romney picked him over his advisers’ recommendations.
Another Republican in conversation with the campaign — though not a member of the inner circle of Romney advisers — said the early skeptics tended to be the political professionals, including consultants Stuart Stevens and Russ Schriefer, and pollster Neil Newhouse, while Myers, foreign policy advisor Dan Senor, and ultimately Romney himself favored Ryan.
One has to take these leaks with a huge amount of salt because they are usually deliberate and meant to advance a narrative rather than be true. In this case, I can think of three purposes. One is to help Romney shed his image of a weak leader swayed by the winds, by making him look decisive and bold. He may have feared that people might think he picked Ryan because he was scared of the backlash from the Tea Party. Another is to shore up his credentials with the extremists in his party, that he is truly one of them by being willing to pick Ryan over the need to choose an alleged ‘moderate’. The third is to inoculate the advisors from any blame if the choice goes horribly wrong
Perhaps the truth is more banal. People do tend to want around them those they feel are like them and are personally comfortable with. Ryan seems like the kind of person Romney would have hired at Bain, ambitious, eager to please those who have power, willing to rationalize greed, and lacking any empathy for the adverse effects on the lives of those affected by his decisions.