By picking Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has elevated the national debate. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Ryan budget plan, it is the only serious plan put forth by any elected official in the US. Ryan is courageous and smart. This has to change Romney's image with his conservative base.
One wonders if the Democrats will continue to look for irrelevant issues -- Bain, for example, or Romney tax returns for another -- or will the Democrats finally engage on the real issues of our times.
This election will become a true test for the American electorate. I suspect Americans will rise to the occasion.