8/15 – The Romney/Ryan Brain Type ticket
We told you his Brain Type back in March, describing him as “a polished, well-spoken individual … a rare no-frills politician who has undertaken a noble cause for our country, especially future generations.” We were and are talking about Paul Ryan, and at the time were detailing his budget proposal to reshuffle the tax code to simplified lower rates, calling for spending cuts and tax changes that would balance the budget by 2040. One particular video, in fact, has recently gone viral showing former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles (#13 FCIR) singing Ryan’s praises. “I’m telling you this guy is amazing. He is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere. And the budget that he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like we did, by $4 trillion.” The video can be seen below.
And so, when presidential candidate #15 Mitt Romney chose Mr. Ryan as his running-mate last week, BTI wasn’t all too surprised, and yet the odds were against Ryan. We say this simply because Ryan was the only #15 FCIL in a group of some 5-6 possible choices (all #13 FCIRs). Statistically, a #13 was going to be chosen, and yet Mitt may have unknowingly, yet instinctively, found a brother after his own … well … brain.
“He is the kind of smart, young guy that Mitt likes and Mitt would have probably hired at Bain,” says Mike Murphy, a former Romney adviser. “He shares the intellectual talent and positive outlook of the guys who Mitt mentored for decades.” As for the types of people Romney surrounded himself with in former days … ““Romney challenged us to challenge each other,” says Edward Conard, a partner of Romney’s at Bain Capital from 1993 to 1997. “And he was never afraid to ask tough questions, or answer them. He surrounded himself with the sharpest, most talented guys and ran the place like a consulting firm, where employees were expected to create value, to do their homework, and present proposals rooted in facts. In Ryan, you see that kind of politician; he’s not slinging bull.”
As we wrote back in March, “Regardless of political affiliation, it normally requires a Left-brained politician (often a Q3 Inanimate) to seriously reign in out-of-control matters, in this case federal spending. Q1s love to talk about fiscal responsibility, but consistently implementing it is another matter.”
Don’t get us wrong, however, in thinking #15s are flawless politicians. History (and the present) shows us otherwise. Yet, when it comes to dealing with issues, gathering and analyzing all the available data, evaluating the risks, and making final decisions, #15s are optimally wired.
And unsurprisingly, Ryan is a fitness freak, loving the famous P90X workout. “It pushes your body in many different ways so that it gets out of its plateau. It has results. It works.”
In the end, if nothing else, Ryan has the conservative base on their feet. Fellow controversial #15 Rush Limbaugh had this to say about him. “We’ve got somebody who can articulate what we believe. It’s in his heart. He doesn’t need crib notes, he doesn’t need briefings, he doesn’t need a consultant to tell him what to think or answer a question. He’s lived it. It’s his soul. That’s why I’m jazzed.” (Regarding his “crib notes” comment, if veteran BTInsiders will recall, #15 are notorious for their non-dependency on teleprompters, unlike many #13 politicians.)
The debates will be fun to watch! Unless Mr. Obama changes VPs, which he may (can you say Hillary?), the debates will feature two abstract, ‘don’t try to pin-me-down’, defense attorney-minded #13s versus a pair of #15 machine-like, highly logical prosecuting-like attorneys. Get ready for some real high-wire, Olympic action!
Written by: Staff
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