For those of us on the inside of the Romney VP selection committee, we were very excited to announce the Paul Ryan choice the other day. But in our haste (and perhaps while slightly distracted by rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympics), we may have overlooked one minor flaw with our new BFF Paul Ryan. It turns out his personal fitness guru gave $4600 to the last Obama campaign. Oops.
Anyone in DC knows that Paul Ryan’s a huge fitness freak (with appropriately broad shoulders, firm abs and sweaty palms). He works out regularly at the Capitol gym and specifically promotes the P90X system developed by his fitness guru Tony Horton.
Tony may be a terrific guy, telling Politico’s Patrick Gavin just today:
“I have my own political views, but I just don’t think it’s my place to be talking about that kind of thing,” said Horton, adding that reporters “try to nail me down” on policy issues.
Well, no wonder Horton doesn’t like to talk politics: A quick look at Federal Election Records would indicate that he’s given $4600 to the Obama campaign, and $1000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. D’oh! Now I’m not saying that Paul Ryan is some kind of Manchurian candidate whose (ham)strings are literally being pulled by an Obama shill. But… others in the Party might well draw that conclusion.
Having been a survivor of the Palin VP selection (yes, I even wrote my best-selling, critically-acclaimed book about it), I’ve been through the vetting, and the debate coaching, and the spray-on tans, and I’ve lived to tell about it (did I mention the book?). So it is with deep regret that I wonder if this cycle is repeating itself: Not enough vetting, not enough time, and an emphasis on finding someone sexy with low body fat, rather than someone substantive, boring and flabby to whom the American people can relate and drink a beer with.
But the decision’s been made, and as a good soldier, I will move forward with the campaign, and do my best to support my man, Mitt Romney - no matter how sweaty and well-toned his running mate chooses to be.