Elizabeth Drew, Ryan Meets Reality

Going into the debate, Vice President Joe Biden needed to stop the talk of the first presidential debate and Paul Ryan needed to maintain the Republicans’ momentum. But Ryan never quite caught up with the whirling dervish at the top of the GOP ticket. Ryan staked out some positions that could bedevil Romney in the closing weeks of the campaign—on Medicare, Afghanistan, and taxes, among other things. But the most troublesome for Romney of Ryan’s departures from the script was on the inevitably consternating subject of abortion, on which Romney had just taken his umpteenth position.

Photo: Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, October 11 (Charlie Neibergall/AP Images)

Elizabeth Drew, Ryan Meets Reality

Going into the debate, Vice President Joe Biden needed to stop the talk of the first presidential debate and Paul Ryan needed to maintain the Republicans’ momentum. But Ryan never quite caught up with the whirling dervish at the top of the GOP ticket. Ryan staked out some positions that could bedevil Romney in the closing weeks of the campaign—on Medicare, Afghanistan, and taxes, among other things. But the most troublesome for Romney of Ryan’s departures from the script was on the inevitably consternating subject of abortion, on which Romney had just taken his umpteenth position.

Photo: Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, October 11 (Charlie Neibergall/AP Images)

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