Well, at least Mitt didn't land on the battleship Wisconsin in flight gear to announce his Mission Accomplished. His political histrionics also began with another "game change" with him announcing, and later correcting, Paul Ryan as the "next president of the United States."
With Mitt Romney, you never know.
As I watched Act One of the media cliff-hanger finally played out, I must admit that it all gave me a sense of Yogi Berra's "deje vu all over again". As some of the pundits quickly defined Romney's choice as the means to ignite his skeptical conservative base - why must conservatives always have to be ignited? - I recalled the moment from the 2008 GOP presidential convention in which Sarah Palin bounded onto the stage to be introduced as John McCain's exciting runningmate. There was a lot of talk at that time that this firebrand from Alaska or somewhere could be counted on to invigorate McCain's languishing campaign. Some of the white guys in the the convention crowd showed up wearing buttons teling us that Sarah was "hot".
That, too, was to be the "game changer'", which ultimately led to a not-so-flattering book and movie. The irony of it was that it in fact changed Palin's game of rising celebrity to that of a slighted - if wealthier - bystander in today's political crowd.
Ryan, the right-wing "blue collar" Wisconsin congressman, has a long paper trail that will be fully vetted in neighborhoods across America by November.. For now, we're content to conclude that McMitt Romney has been handed a partner by the hard right, succumbing to, say, William Kristol, the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal and Tea Party gurus.
You have to wonder. Haven't the currents polls been telling us that independent voters are giving President Obama a wider edge over Romney? They have. But when you've become a captive of a well-nourished radically ideological base, this isn't really isn't something that worries him.
One of these days I may be forced to take Paul Ryan's advice and read Ayn Rand.