So says U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
Cole, a political operative before entering public office, said Romney picking Ryan would be akin to Ronald Reagan in 1980 selecting Jack Kemp, then a young, up-and-coming conservative congressman, rather than George H.W. Bush.
“Reagan picked up and ran on Kemp-Roth,” said Cole, referring to the tax-cut proposal that encapsulated conservative thinking of the time. “And a lot of people thought that was a dangerous and radical idea.”
Just think of how better off the country and the GOP would be today if that had happened (or at least if Jack Kemp had won the 1988 GOP nomination for president.)
Cole may not know how close to the truth he is on this as 18 years ago Paul Ryan sat at a cubicle desk just outside of Kemp’s office at Empower America. I know this because I was on the other side of the cubicle divider from Ryan. (Gee, if I knew then what I know now, I should have gotten my picture taken with Paul instead of Jack…)