With Romney, it was only possible to infer tax hikes for the poor and middle class; he said what he would give the rich, and then said that he’d pay for it but not how. However, there’s only one real way to do that.
Imagine a guy standing next to a vault, with a box of dynamite nearby, and no one has the combination. “I promise I will open the vault,” he says.
“Do you have the combination?” you ask him.
“Nope,” he says.
“Do you have any special tools, a cutting torch or diamond drills?”
“So, the only way to open it is to blast it with that dynamite right there. Will you use the dynamite?”
“I’m not saying.”
With Ryan, however, the picture is a bit more clear. Ryan has made positive statements about some of the stuff he plans. His math is fake and he still holds back on many details, but he is on the record about a lot of draconian crap he plans to pull.
Romney has tried to distance himself on this, but it’s what Ryan is known for. It’s why Ryan was even in the field in the first place. Choosing Ryan not for his budget and Medicare plans would be like the Yankees saying they got Ichiro not for his batting skills.
Romney is trying to do what he has been doing: veering hard right and then calling foul when people say he veers hard right.