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April 03, 2012


Obama Picks His Opponent

Ezra Klein: "The message of President Obama's budget speech today was this: In 2012, the Republican nominee for president is going to be Paul Ryan. And that's true even if Mitt Romney wins the nomination."

"By lashing Romney to Ryan's budget, Obama intends to lash him to the conservative wing of the Republican Party. Where Romney has purposefully refrained from filling in the details on his agenda, the Obama campaign intends to use Ryan's blueprint to fill them in on Romney's behalf."

"This can only work because Romney can't actually walk away from Ryan's budget: He's already called it 'an excellent piece of work' and campaigned alongside Ryan. Worse, Romney knows full well that conservatives would shriek if he began publicly distancing himself from the policy framework that the Republican Party has coalesced around."












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