Did you hear? Mitt Romney has announced his running mate for the presidential election â€” Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Letâ€™s get to know him, shall we?
1. Heâ€™s 42. On a personal note, there are a couple things about Ryan that are off-putting to me. First, heâ€™s only 10 years older than me. Thatâ€™s the age difference between me and the oldest boyfriend Iâ€™ve ever had. In other words, Paul Ryan is young enough to be my boyfriend. Or Iâ€™m old enough to be his girlfriend. Whatever. On one hand, Iâ€™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 â€” a Republican, by the way â€” 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!Â It didnâ€™t last all that long â€” like, a month â€” but it was a weird time.)
2. Heâ€™s a big fan of Ayn Rand.Â â€œThe reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person,Â it would be Ayn Rand,â€ he said at a D.C. gathering honoring the author of Atlas ShruggedÂ and The Fountainhead. â€œI give out â€˜Atlas Shruggedâ€™ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well â€¦Â I try to make my interns read it.â€ Even if youâ€™re a fan of Randâ€™s writing and character development (as our own Ami is, sigh),Â Randâ€™s philosophy â€” that selfishness is a â€œvirtueâ€ â€” is quite troubling!