Walter Brasch: What does matter is that by stonewalling, obfuscating, and refusing to give full disclosure, he appears to have something to hide.
Berry Craig: Not until after the polls are closed on November 6 and the TV news networks declare my candidates the winner will I say, “when they lose.”
Dotty LeMieux: It’s got to be juicy, or Romney’d join with most the other Presidential candidates of the last forty years and let the public see the numbers.
Walter Moss: What is troubling is that most conservatives still believe that the chief way to more equality of opportunity is cutting back on government programs and reducing taxes, especially for the wealthy.
Robert Brent Toplin: Paul Ryan’s quick rise to his party’s second position in the presidential race symbolizes the growing prominence of this previously obscure philosophy and political movement. Overt libertarianism engages only a small minority of devotees in Washington these days, but stealth libertarianism has become a major force in the nation’s affairs.
Brent Budowsky: There is a new wind behind the sails of Democrats. Sweeping Republican hostility to the interests of women could be decisive.
Berry Craig: Ryan is a Social Darwinist of the if-you’re-poor-it’s-your-own-fault persuasion and a disciple of the greed-is-good gospel of Ayn Rand. He hates labor unions, to boot.
Randy Shaw: Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan was less about pleasing the Party’s base than about trying to shift the conversation away from the issues that Obama’s campaign team have made this election about.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Both Obama and Biden have now come out in support of marriage equality; in the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support it. This November, it may be a risk not to.
Tom Degan: Strategically, Ryan was a pretty good choice. He’ll bring out the brain-dead base, and uninformed moderates will be wooed by his amiable qualities.
Charles Hayes: The hate your government virus has become the bubonic plague of American politics. Thanks largely to Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s chosen running mate, the ghost of Ayn Rand is spooking the electorate.
Charley James: New York’s homelessness crisis erupted because the Bloomberg administration recently ended rent subsidies, which allowed many people who are now homeless to stay in their apartments.
Robert Reich: While Bill Clinton stumps for Obama, Romney has gone out of his way not to mention the name of the president who came after Clinton and before Obama.