Did you hear? Mitt Romney has announced his running mate for the presidential election — Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Let’s get to know him, shall we?
1. He’s 42. On a personal note, there are a couple things about Ryan that are off-putting to me. First, he’s only 10 years older than me. That’s the age difference between me and the oldest boyfriend I’ve ever had. In other words, Paul Ryan is young enough to be my boyfriend. Or I’m old enough to be his girlfriend. Whatever. On one hand, I’ve always been bothered by the fact that so many of our elected officials are so old and out of touch with the youngest generations of voters. On the other hand, a VP who fits within my dating age range on OK Cupid freaks me out a little.
(The second thing about Paul Ryan that is off-putting to me is that he looks so much like this guy — a Republican, by the way — that I used to have hate sex with. I say hate sex because we had fun together in the bedroom, but, like, fought about everrrrrrything outside of the bedroom and sometimes I found myself thinking, Ughhhh, I hate him! It didn’t last all that long — like, a month — but it was a weird time.)
2. He’s a big fan of Ayn Rand. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” he said at a D.C. gathering honoring the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well … I try to make my interns read it.” Even if you’re a fan of Rand’s writing and character development (as our own Ami is, sigh), Rand’s philosophy — that selfishness is a “virtue” — is quite troubling!