The two lovebirds just couldn't keep their eyes off one another as they giddily breezed through the Bob Schieffer interview. Paul of the Big Blue Eyes even sneaked Shy Di glances at his new Prince Charming from time to time. Mitt himself was the very picture of the aging awkward swain:
RomRy have eclipsed Brangelina. This May-December political wedding between two guys with good hair has grabbed the national spotlight. The whirlwind courtship and honeymoon is blazing in tabloid headlines, even in the staid New York Times. Watch for the media frenzy to continue at least through the Republican National Convention. You can watch the 60 Minutes interview here. If you're not up for it, here's part of the transcript:
Bob Schieffer: What I would like to know was there one point where there was one moment when
zing went the beat of your heartyou said, "This is the guy. This is my guy."
Mitt Romney: Well, actually, you know, we've been
plotting the country's downfallseeing each other working together for a while and, over the last year, Paul and I have come together on some policy issues and sat down and discussed those things. I was impressed with his sadistic right wing social engineeringunderstanding of the issues that we were facing and also his crueltypolitical acumen. But then we spent some time on the campaign trail. I got to meet his wife and three children and was very impressed. They are the perfect all-American photogenic vanilla cover. But the final decision, Bob, was not until really August 1st when Wall Street kept pressuring meI kept my mind open, but I was intrigued and inclined towards Paul for some time, but I kept my mind open, and then on August 1st it was time to make that final decision. I called Paul and said, "I'd like to meet you on Sunday." And, we sat down and consummated the dealmade it happen.
Bob Schieffer: Well, what was it that did it?
Was it the hair? The eyes?
Mitt Romney: Well, you know, this is a guy who's a real
lookerleader. There are a lot of people who go to Washington or go to their state houses with a personal ambition in mind. Paul had a very different course laid out for his life. And became convinced that he was needed to try and get the country back on track. And he has gone to Washington with a passion for making a difference. And the Beltway media assholes have been having a mancrush on his phony centrism and telegenecity for a long, long time and I'm simply cashing in on his star power.
Bob Schieffer: Has this sunk in on you yet?
Can I see your ring?
Paul Ryan: It has. Because I've
pretendedfelt for a while now that our country is in a very perilous position. And I'm a prima-donna. I'm a CAP. I'm a Congressional-American Princess. And I've done everything I could in my career as a political golddiggerchairman of the Budget Committee to try and make a difference to tackle this economic and fiscal challenge before it tackles us. Sunday is when we had this conversation and it took a little while to sink in after that, but to see all Americans coming out to these rallies, hungry for a new starsolutions, hungry for a charismatic severec onservative demagoguepeople that provide leadership to get this country on the right track, I'm very excited about S&Mthis.
Bob Schieffer: And what did the governor say when he offered you--
Paul Ryan: He essentially said--
Bob Schieffer: --the job?
Paul Ryan: --that we share the same
hair and hatred for the common folkvalues and that I have the kinds of experiences that complement his skills. That complement his experience. To help him govern. To whip the peasants into submission. To execute a vision to get this country back on the right track. You know, to cut rich people's taxescreate jobs. To help people get rid of their Social Security and Medicareback on the path in life.
I think I just turned into a senile Barbara Walters.What did you say?
Paul Ryan: I said, "Yes."