That is my initial reaction to Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan. I say this for same reason that Steve Hayward likes the pick so much: Ryan wants to have an adult conversation with the American people about the looming insolvency of the welfare state.
Adult conversations during presidential campaigns are okay up to a point, depending on the circumstances. But the selection of Ryan limits Romney’s ability to control the extent to which the campaign will be driven by such a conversation. Nor will the conversation that Ryan brings to the fore be entirely “adult,” whatever Romney and Ryan may desire.
Ryan is a great congressman and would probably make a fine president. However, I fear that Romney has selected the one man on his short list who can hurt his chances of being elected president.