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10 Reasons Romney's Choice of Paul Ryan for Veep Is Smarter Than You Think

Romney's Ryan decision is a hugely dangerous step toward getting the Koch brothers' hand-picked star close to the presidency.

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In the end, it doesn't really matter whether Romney picked Ryan out of desperation, or may have had to take Ryan as a deal for support from the Kochs, or may have felt Ryan was actually the best man for the job. Whatever the reason, the Ryan pick does a whole lot for the Romney campaign --conferring money, authority, media attention, change of tone, and more. Probably the most overarching plus, though, is that by adding Ryan, Romney has brought the whole Republican-conservative tribal deal together, which, from my vantage point only increases -- not decreases -- the chance of the Republicans defeating Obama in November.

Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.

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