Paul Ryan is considered “serious” and “an idea guy” although he has the intellect of an adolescent who had his life profoundly changed by a quick reading of Ayn Rands The Fountainhead. Wall Street marked him as an up-and-comer early on and– along with the Insurance Industry who has financed his political career and his rise to power inside the GOP House caucus.
As Paul Krugman has pointed out on numerous occasions, Ryan “don’t know much about economics.” Krugman’s analysis of Ryan’s proposals over the last year and a half are classic and make a complete mockery of Beltway conventional wisdom that the 42 year old Budget Chairman is going places.
Wall Street would like to see him in the Senate or White House one day. They’ve given him more in contributions than any other Wisconsin politician in history– $2,600,622 so far.
Ryan’s two top donors are PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Goldman Sachs.
“The worst rating in the poll goes to the U.S. Congress, which receives only a 19% approval mark, with 74% disapproving, nearly mirroring the national right direction/wrong track finding of 18% vs. 70%.
All of this background weakens Paul Ryan, who once enjoyed electoral and image majorities well over 60% has slipped to just over 50% and doesn’t make for Romney’s best choice for Vice President.