Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
The Democrats should be celebrating as much over Rep. Paul Ryan being selected as Romney’s running mate as they were when Sen. John McCain selected Sarah Palin in 2008.
This election will be decided by moderate and independent voters. Independent voters, for the most part, are not extremists in either direction. They certainly are not in the Tea Party camp, with which Ryan identifies.
Ryan’s budget will be the focal point of the campaign. Romney will have to give it his endorsement. Not only is Ryan’s budget extreme, it also is against the elderly, women and the poor and supportive of the millionaires and billionaires.
Independent voters usually push for compromise when it comes to political issues. Compromise is not in Ryan’s or the Tea Party’s vocabulary.
Romney has just given Obama’s re-election chances a big boost.