Which is why it is so important now to have a substantive debate about both President Obama’s vision of the federal government’s role — and Paul Ryan’s. Mitt Romney, who seems unable or unwilling to go beyond the bromides in his campaign speeches, lacks both the skill and the genuine fervor to have this debate. But, with Ryan on the ticket, it is at least possible. I think the Democrats will win this debate, but we need to have it openly, and nationally — rather than having the shrink-the-government movement conducted as a kind of guerrilla warfare, carried out in lightning strikes like the debt-ceiling crisis.
Plus, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so eager to watch a vice-presidential debate.
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