Paul Ryan?


Romney has picked Paul Ryan as running mate, Republican source tells the AP

Mitt Romney has tapped Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate, The Associated Press reports.

A Republican with knowledge of the development confirmed the selection to the AP, hours ahead of an official announcement at 8:45 a.m. during a campaign stop Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va. Romney will then launch his “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour.

The selection comes roughly two weeks before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and gives Romney plenty of space to rally the party behind his pick before the official nomination.

If it’s not Ryan this was a pretty good fake-out. Assuming the story is correct we’re about to find out more than we ever wanted to know about the Congressman from Cheeseheadland. This topic should dominate political discussions for the next few days.

Ryan has been on most speculation lists, but he was not necessarily the favorite. But there is no perfect pick, every candidate has strengths and weaknesses.

What do you think?


I have to confess that I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about Romney’s VP pick or researching the candidates. My reason is simple – I’m lazy.

My opinion wasn’t going to affect Mitt’s decision, and I knew that once he made a selection we were going to get well acquainted with that person.

I am absolutely sure that Ryan was carefully vetted including asking him about any possible dirt that can be thrown his way. If Ryan has any secrets they won’t be secret much longer.

I am also sure that Romney consulted with various power brokers in the GOP and got tentative approval from most or all of them. One of the major problems with Sarah Palin was that the GOP establishment despised her. While I consider that a good thing, Mitt can’t afford to alienate any factions in his party.

One more thing I am sure of – the media has stories, biographies and opinion columns written and waiting for the official announcement so they can publish them. Some will be positive, some will be negative. That was one of the best parts about Sarah Palin – the media was caught completely flat-footed when she was nominated.

Today should be a busy day.


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42 Responses to Paul Ryan?

  1. SimoFish says:

    I wanted Ryan as President. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t run. So I am happy with the choice. Can’t wait to watch him kick Bidens butt.

  2. Anthony says:

    I don’t have a problem with it at all.

    There’s no way ObamaKamp can criticize him without talking about the economy. That alone makes this a good choice, because you KNOW they’re going to start the attack machine within the next 20 minutes.

    I agree – the Ryan/Biden debates are going to be a spectacle. I’m looking forward to them

    Once the “He’s gonna push granny off the cliff” bullshit starts, expect to learn a lot about the Ryan-Wyden plan, which doesn’t touch SS for current recipients, and will actually be able to preserve it for the future.

    Bil Clinton spoke about the plan when it was presented, and said that Ryan at least had the balls to put entitlement reform on the table, and that it was designed with enough wiggle room for the Dems to save face and the GOP to make concessions that wouldn’t piss anyone off. Expect to see this footage in future Romney ads

    • Oswald says:

      Ryan is is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. Plus he’s light-skinned and he has no negro dialect, unless he wants one.

      Just one question – will reporters be parachuting into Wisconsin looking for dirt on him?

  3. DM says:

    At the WH, nobody is sleeping, and at DKos, heads are exploding. What more could I ask for?

  4. angienc says:

    From AoS:

    I don’t think voters will have a problem with the Ryan budget. What I think they’ll have a problem with are his *murders.*


    Romney/Ryan slogan: “Let’s get America killing again”

    He pushed grandma off a cliff, and all she could talk about was what a nice boy he was

    Paul Ryan voted Prom King, Most Likely To Torture Dogs

    Bio: Paul Ryan’s inaugural murder was December 8, 1989.

    Bio: Paul Ryan acknowledged as expert in budget, ligatures

    Dick Cheney taught George Bush how to murder. Paul Ryan taught Dick Cheney.


    Paul Ryan has only two speeds: All-Out, and Murder.

    Say what you want about the right, those guys are funny as shit.

  5. Oswald says:

    Most people in this country have never even heard of Paul Ryan before. Now the race is on to see who can “define” him first.

    I’m sure the Obama campaign is sending out information packets on Ryan to the media right now. By “information packet” I mean every bit of sleazy gossip and innuendo they can find.

  6. tommy says:

    Risky but brave move by Romney. On the other end of the aisle, why do I get the feeling that Biden might be replaced. Is that even possible this late into the game?

    • Oswald says:

      Possible but unlikely.

      If they were going to dump Biden they would have had him announce months ago that he planned to retire rather than serve a second term.

    • DM says:

      I doubt it. In 2011 there was a gossip that Hillary was being pressured to take the VP, but she refused it. That’s why there were so many articles pushing the VP idea. (I have no links because I forget where I read the gossip.)

  7. Lulu says:

    If Ryan is it, Romney is going for contrast for himself with Oblahblah and Ryan with Biden. It is also a contrast with the older guy with experience as Number One and the bright young thing as Number Two instead of the grifter-slacker as Number One and the dinosaur as Number Two. Vice-Presidents are supposed to appear capable of outliving the President which Biden at almost twenty years older is not the best bet. Ryan can read a spreadsheet and is a numbers guy which Romney is comfortable with in stark contrast with Obama who is clueless. Ryan will be marketed as the Vice-Forensics Accountant which we need after the Chicago mob completes their smash and grab. I am pretty sure Romney starts everything he does with an audit.

  8. tommy says:

    Interesting tidbit – the last time a member of the House was picked for the VP ticket was Geraldine Ferraro.

  9. tommy says:

    The conservatives are certainly ecstatic. All Romney has to do now is give Palin a prominent role at the convention, and he’ll have his base roaring and extremely eager to GOTV.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    Let the games begin

    Mindless Democratic meme of the day: Paul Ryan is a zombie-eyed granny-starver.

  11. tommy says:

    Good update. Lazy is Good (in a Gordon Gekko voice). lol

  12. Lulu says:

    I like how Romney is announcing so early in the morning. He is making a lot of people get of out bed early. He is snapping the whip and making the media get their shit set up in the middle of the night. They then get a jump on setting the narrative before the Obamabots have had coffee or slept it off. They will be in a sleep deprived pissy mood and mistake prone.Mean and clever for a weekend. I like it.

  13. tommy says:

    Yep, its officially confirmed. Its Ryan.

  14. carol haka says:

    I’m confused. Paul Ryan has 3 small children. How could he possibly be a VP? And, he was suppose to be taking them on vacation this morning. Well, in my opinion that proves he is a really bad father. More importantly, how racist is it that both candidate’s wives have blonde hair? And for the record, I think that widow’s peak is a decoy. Ryan is my favorite name however! 👿

  15. myiq2xu says:

    Watching CNN – Crowd in Norfolk is big and getting bigger.

  16. leslie says:

    Listening to NPR – They have been *corrected* by whomever they were interviewing (prior to the live coverage of Romney’s formal announcement). I loved hearing him school NPR.

  17. jeffhas says:


    That’s what it says to me.

    He’s serious about fixing this economy for the long haul.

    Not just about winning this election – becoming President, he wants to right this ship.

    Whether you agree with his plan or Ryan’s plan or not… He is serious about getting on with this.

    … As opposed to the preening, and speechifying and vilifying.

    Hopefully Romney has saved his powder over the past few weeks so he could release a floodgate of money to define Ryan before Obama can…. And maybe Obama’s a little short on cash these days.

    …. By the way, they do look like ‘The Clean Cut Crew’

  18. carol haka says:

    Taking 10 years to balance the budget is absurd! Get on it boys! :evil;

    • yttik says:

      LOL, we have a pretty big government and 14-18 trillion dollars worth of debt. It’s going to take a little while to get on track.

      • carol haka says:

        See, there you go again! Making excuses for them! It only takes an eraser, a delete key, some white-out or a pen to draw a line thru all the waste. I suggest the first cut be the funding for “shrimp on a treadmill” research. Just eat the damn thing and be done with it! :laugh:

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