With the meteoric career of Paul Ryan hitting an unexpected (by Republicans) speed bump, my wife pointed something out to me that is most interesting, and that I had never thought of. Look at the miserable record that Republican candidates have had at choosing vice presidents since World War II:
Eisenhower- Nixon- forced from office later for corruption.
Nixon- Agnew, forced from office for corruption.
Goldwater- Bill Miller, a lunatic (for the time- today he would probably be too liberal for Republicans) right winger whose only real contribution to the nation's politics was being the father of talk show host Stephanie Miller.
Reagan- Bush 1, the only reasonably justifiable choice in decades.
Bush 1- Dan Quayle, an intellectually challenged clown.
Dole- Jack Kemp, a merciless supply sider; the '90's Paul Ryan
Bush- Cheney. Need I say more?
McCain- Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle on steroids.
Romney- Paul Ryan.
Note: I leave Gerald Ford's choice of Bob Dole off the list, because Ford was not the choice of the Republican party, but was a mild centrist forced on the Republicans by the resignations of first Agnew and then Nixon himself.
Well, this is a pretty pathetic list, and shows that the Republican lust for power without any concern for using it constructively is not in any way a recent phenomenon. They really don't care about the damage they do after they are elected.