As a Brit, I watch US politics from across the pond. Sometimes in the UK different aspects of US politics are highlighted, other times they are not. Having endured a lengthy and brutal election in 2012, Americans are now being primed for the next election in 2016. Surely they deserve some respite.
Of course pundits in the media, and a select few citizens, could be the only people who are showing an interest in the political shenanigans. Most ordinary people concentrate on who will give and who will take away. Many have neither the stomach nor the will to immerse themselves in the fine details of politics.
There are voters who lean to the political right, center or left, but there are also floating voters. These voters cannot make their mind up until the eleventh hour. Their choice could boil down to things like how a candidate performs in debates, his accent or his appearance.
Yes, even presidential elections sometimes boil down to petty issues.
Paul Davis Ryan was born Jan. 29, 1970, which would make him a mere 46 in 2016. That's young for a US presidential candidate, but not too young. It is doubtful that his age would prevent voters giving him their vote, but there are other reasons why they may not.
Would you vote for Paul Ryan in 2016? If I was eligible, I certainly would not.
Fair enough. I am not Conservative but my reasons would be purely superficial. As my old Mum,would say when we were kids, be careful of people with certain facial features.
Doomed as untrustworthy, suspect, villainous or criminal were people with the following qualities:
Ryan just looks wrong. His name would perhaps suit an American president better than Barack Obama, but we are all used to Obama now. With the passing of time it now sounds just fine.
"Paul Davis Ryan" may sound presidential, but the man does not live up to his name.
He appears surly, arrogant and cocky, perhaps not all at once. He has a world-weary face that looks as if he carries a mountain of misery of his young shoulders.
As Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012 he certainly outshone Mitt at times, but that was not hard to do. Mitt looked ill at ease and uncomfortable in front of the cameras. He failed to find the right balance and paid the price in the election.
American voters chose to re-elect Obama to office for many reasons, but do not discount the influence of his style, easy-manner, amiable face and warm smile.
If you support the GOP you will no doubt disagree. However, you have to accept that Obama was re-elected against the odds. It did not simply come down to his policies. Maybe Romney gifted the election to Obama with his poor performance.
Whatever your opinion, you will surely agree that Obama's win was something of a surprise. The conculsion is that his charisma won, through.
That may sound silly, but it is not. Romney showed no charisma during his 2012 election campaign. It is doubtful he could throw his arms around a person in need, in the genuine way that Obama does at times.
Would Ryan be a better option?
To date, Ryan has shown a distinct lack of feeling, personality, affinity with the people or any traits which would make him presidential material.
So would you vote for Paul Ryan? Because I sure as hell would not.