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Choosing Paul Ryan

For some context on Mitt Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate for the presidential election campaign, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog is worth a look.

Silver notes that Ryan only has national name recognition of around 50 percent. And that he's never been elected to anything larger than his congressional district of about 700,000 people. And that, oh yes, the last U.S. representative on a winning presidential campaign ticket was John Nance Garner, in 1932. And that the last time an ordinary member of the House of Representatives was elected vice president was more than 100 years ago, in 1908.

But the man does have good hair.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“Congressman Paul Ryan is an outstanding choice as our country’s next vice president.”

— former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination Rick Santorum


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