Breaking: Romney to announce VP pick tomorrow at 9 8:45 am; Update: NBC says it’s Ryan

posted at 11:22 pm on August 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Fresh in the e-mail inbox from Team Romney:

Boston, MA – On Saturday, Mitt Romney will begin his “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour by announcing his choice for Vice Presidential candidate in Norfolk, Virginia. The following events are open to the press. Please note that the tour of the USS Wisconsin and Homemades by Suzanne drop by are pool coverage.

Lest one thinks that Romney’s presence on the USS Wisconsin is just an odd coincidence, here’s what Bill Kristol is hearing:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that the Romney campaign has begun to prepare a vigorous effort in support of Paul Ryan if he is selected as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick—something now likely to happen soon. For example, GOP officials tell THE WEEKLY STANDARD that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is among a group of Republicans who has been asked to be ready, in terms of his schedule and other practical preparations, to make the case publicly for a Romney-Ryan ticket as early as Saturday.

This of course does not mean the Wisconsin congressman will necessarily end up as Romney’s running mate. The Romney campaign may be working to lay the groundwork for one or two other possible picks, though THE WEEKLY STANDARD has been unable to find evidence of any comparable preparation for other candidates. Or the Romney team could be engaging in some last minute misdirection, as other campaigns have done. In 2000, much of the attention in the days before the announcement of Dick Cheney as Bush’s running mate focused on John Danforth, thanks to nudging from inside the campaign. And in 2004, the New York Post splashed on its front page a story indicating that Richard Gephardt would be John Kerry’s running mate. It’s entirely possible that the Romney campaign is engaging in the same kind of shenanigans.

But if the signs pointing toward Ryan, increasing in number, are meant as a feint, it’s an odd one. Ryan is popular among conservatives and Republicans, and the talk about him is generating lots of excitement in conservative and GOP circles. The campaign would presumably be acting to tamp down Ryan speculation if Ryan weren’t going to be the pick, in order to avoid a sense of letdown if he’s passed over. But the campaign is doing no such thing. Rather, it seems to be preparing observers for Ryan.

Yeah, I don’t see this as a feint, although it might have been a multiple-candidate effort.  Romney has enough problems with conservatives that using Ryan as a red herring to pick Tim Pawlenty or Bob McDonnell would leave a very sour taste with the Tea Party grassroots.  If they’re working with Scott Walker to prepare for the announcement, one has to assume that the running mate will be Ryan — or, long shot, Scott Walker himself.

If it is Paul Ryan, it’s a good choice.  Ryan has solid policy credentials, but also has enough media presence and charm to make people listen.  Team Obama will hang Ryan’s budget on Romney, but they were going to do that anyway.  Why not have the man himself as the VP to explain it?  Ryan also gives the ticket solid Washington experience, while giving conservatives more hope that a Romney presidency will aim for serious change.

That would be the biggest plus for the campaign, which has had to fight Obama’s strategy of distraction.  Ryan’s efforts play the long game on budgets and entitlement reform; he’s one of the few people in Washington talking about not just the fiscal cliff but the long-term fiscal gap I wrote about this week in the Fiscal Times.  Progressives dislike the plan, conservatives fault it for taking too long to balance the budget, but Ryan’s plan is literally the only serious plan on the table to fix that $222 trillion long-term gap.  Ryan adds instant gravitas to the campaign, something that Obama and his team have failed to do despite being the incumbent President of the United States.

If indeed it’s Ryan, even the media may have to start focusing on the most serious issues — and that’s bad news for Obama.

Update: A subsequent e-mail from Team Romney puts the announcement time at 8:45 am, so I changed the headline.

Update II: According to Peter Hamby at CNN, Romney spent the evening calling the VP shortlist candidates, thanking them for their efforts, and telling them they didn’t get the pick.

Update III: Allahpundit just flagged this tweet to me:

Serious question: would NBC get a leak like this?


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So you mean it’s better to be a wimp b/c you’re afraid of how the left will attack you?

yeah that’s the way to try to win!!

You’re not listening. Rubio ran on entitlement reform in FLA and WON!!

It’s crucial issue that we can’t keep kicking the can down the road on. Let’s debate if we’re a nation of takers or makers.

Don’t be such a coward!

And with that…. I’m out for now!

LevinFan on August 11, 2012 at 5:21 AM

If you’re going to be happy with a ‘principled loss,’ good on you. Me, I want to win, and this doesn’t help us win.

Entitlement reform isn’t a battle we can win right now. Too many people are attached to their Medicare/Medicaid and SS as if it were their infant child. If this election becomes a referendum on entitlements, we’re going to lose…period.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 11, 2012 at 5:38 AM

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 4:58 AM

.
Because the world revolves around Sarah Palin..
*PALIN supports Ryan*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 5:03 AM

.
You mean it doesn’t ? : O
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If Ryan has her “seal of approval”, that’s good sign.

listens2glenn on August 11, 2012 at 5:49 AM

If indeed it’s Ryan, then Mitt made the perfect choice!

Romney/Ryan 2012!

MJBrutus on August 11, 2012 at 5:55 AM

listens2glenn on August 11, 2012 at 5:49 AM

I’ve been up since around 8 yesterday morning. Give a girl a break, LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Ronmey/Ryan is a great team. It will put fear into the Obama campaign but they will do what they always do, smear, lie, and use scare tactics. However, I believe that voters are sick of it and they will welcome answers to questions that many are feeling in their gut. Ryan has a great ability of making the complex easy to understand, and he will be able to answer the questions that will be thrown at him. The media will want to push him off message, but he can handle himself. Prayers go out to his family because they will be made to suffer by the corrupt media complex. Don’t worry about seniors. Most of them realize that the path we are on is going to destroy their grandchildren’s financial future and they will not let that happen. Seniors will unite behind Romney/Ryan. When their grand kids graduate college and can’t find jobs, it hits home that we are heading down the road to ruin. They will make the decision that will insure a better future for their children and grandchildren. Promise that and it will be a game changer.

JannyMc on August 11, 2012 at 5:59 AM

Ha! Perfect, Willard!

I had already heard about it and just had to dance when I cleaned my windows today. My neighbors really looked strange at me. Though I dont kow if that was because of the dancing or the cleaning…

Ryan 2020!

Valkyriepundit on August 11, 2012 at 6:01 AM

It’s kind of impressive how many different opinions there are on this. We have the usual leftie trolls that hate both Rs, conservatives who hate them for the opposite reasons, other conservatives who don’t like Romney but like Ryan, RINOs who love Romney and hate Ryan, conservatives that like Ryan but are afraid he can’t win, and to top it all off, an argument that Ryan, and by extension, the GOP, is waging a misogynist war against women, on account of a movie Ryan saw.

AP is probably sitting in a dark room somewhere, watching the massive influx of traffic, and chuckling ominously as he pets his cats.

RINO in Name Only on August 11, 2012 at 6:08 AM

testing

Dire Straits on August 11, 2012 at 6:12 AM

And once she got the nomination what’s the GOPe going to do? Support obama instead?? Come on now!

LevinFan on August 11, 2012 at 4:42 AM

That’s exactly what they’d have done. They would have sabotaged her ticket in the general. Simple as that.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 4:49 AM

I believe that too. I don’t think that the GOP telling Palin that they’d be against her would have been enough to get her to stand down, but if they made it clear to her that they would gladly do everything in their power to hand Obama the election if she ran, that might have led her to decide not to run, but to search out and endorse promising candidates to endorse instead.

And we’ve seen a sign or two in the past few years that the GOP would indeed pick Obama over Palin, haven’t we? Which actually is one reason why I scoff at the notion that Obama is such a clear and present danger to America that it’s every American’s sacred duty to support Romney no matter how much of a progressive Romney should turn out to be — Obama can’t be all that bad if you’re willing to support him over Palin.

Aitch748 on August 11, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Oops…Romney was misspelled. It’s early and I apologize.

JannyMc on August 11, 2012 at 6:17 AM

but to search out and endorse promising candidates to endorse instead.

Oh boy. It’s early and I haven’t had my coffee. “To seek out promising candidates to endorse instead” is what I meant. But you knew that, right?

Aitch748 on August 11, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Aitch748 on August 11, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Yep. She probably thought Obama losing is more important that her winning. After the stunts GOPe and Romney surrogates pulled in 2008(didn’t kathleen parker and her kind actually prefer Obama to Palin?) there’s no chance we will forget and give Romney a pass this cycle. Karma is a dog.

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 6:20 AM

I had already heard about it and just had to dance when I cleaned my windows today. My neighbors really looked strange at me. Though I dont kow if that was because of the dancing or the cleaning…

Valkyriepundit on August 11, 2012 at 6:01 AM

What were you wearing?

Hot Gas on August 11, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Sorry I go to bed early. I have to be a work at 5am. I told you!!!! It is Ryan!!!!! Who said don’t touch the third rail, Mitt just did and it will”fundamentally change the United States of America”

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!!!

Romney/Ryan 2012

Sparty on August 11, 2012 at 6:24 AM

obama’s minions are high fiving themselves this morning. the gope handed them the presidential candidate they wanted and now they have ryan too.

a twofer. two rinos for the price of one. ah well. the worse part is gonna be looking at baracks puss and michelles arms for the next 4 years.

Palin 2016

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

romneyryan.com is *not* managed by the Romney campaign.

The owner of the domain just configured the DNS so that it points to the same IP address as mittromney.com.

Hot Gas on August 11, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Can’t wait for this announcement *rubs hands together*

If it’s Ryan, the team with nothing expert about them except lies and Chicago-thug tactics doesn’t stand a chance. Romney’s already shown he’s willing to fight, and as for Ryan…Ryan already stood up to Obama as a “mere” representative, and already showed and crushes him rhetorically in any discussion of the economy. He’s courageous, photogenic, pleasant, speaks well off the cuff and most important, totally knows what he’s talking about and it shows. His face on TV more will totally put the “grandma off the cliff” image at the side of the road with the “Romney killed a woman” garbage, and your average low-info voter will finally see it for what it was.

If it’s him, guys…I think we’re gonna win.

inviolet on August 11, 2012 at 6:32 AM

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 6:20 AM

ROMNEY/RYAN!!!
Get over your Palin obsession and finally do something to defeat Obama!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:33 AM

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

The ticket is ROMNEY/RYAN. It’s not about Palin anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:35 AM

paul ryan watching the premiere of “game change”

that pretty much sums up my feelings about his addition to the ticket.

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM

And we’ve seen a sign or two in the past few years that the GOP would indeed pick Obama over Palin, haven’t we?

Other then a handful of extreme RINOs like Frum and Brooks, no one has backed Obama over Palin. In fact, Frum just said the other day that Ryan would be a terrible, extremist pick.

Which actually is one reason why I scoff at the notion that Obama is such a clear and present danger to America that it’s every American’s sacred duty to support Romney no matter how much of a progressive Romney should turn out to be — Obama can’t be all that bad if you’re willing to support him over Palin.

Aitch748 on August 11, 2012 at 6:15 AM

As I said above, the vast majority of Romney supporters have never supported Obama over Palin, so this is a ridiculous strawman.

As has already been pointed out, Palin herself supports the Ryan plan.

RINO in Name Only on August 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM

The world does NOT revolve around Palin. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:38 AM

It is not bad timing. Announce a team of competence and character that moves forward when Barry’s campaign is running around caught in its lies.

Looking at Drudge, what a nice, cute family Ryan has.

bayview on August 11, 2012 at 6:39 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:35 AM

don’t you get it? Its going to ALL about Sarah. we now get to sit back and compare. in ’08 we had a stiff, Sarah nearly drug him over the finish line.

now its 2012. we have another stiff. how far do you think ryan will be able to drag him?

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:39 AM

I suspect that Palin will come out with a substantive endorsement of the Ryan pick. There will be loud cheering in some corners, and screaming in others and we’ll be returning to threads that run to 5,000 comments again. And the MSM will be defecating on themselves.

bigmike on August 11, 2012 at 6:41 AM

obama’s minions are high fiving themselves this morning. the gope handed them the presidential candidate they wanted and now they have ryan too.

a twofer. two rinos for the price of one. ah well. the worse part is gonna be looking at baracks puss and michelles arms for the next 4 years.

Palin 2016

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

You can’t be serious. RINO’s will love the ticket, conservatives will like it(hell, I love it, if only as a stick in the eye of libs), and serious indi’s will look and approve.

LtGenRob on August 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Sarah Palin is not running for office this year-therefore neither my focus nor my interest is directed @ her. The ticket is Romney/ Ryan.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:44 AM

promachus on August 11, 2012 at 6:20 AM

ROMNEY/RYAN!!!
Get over your Palin obsession and finally do something to defeat Obama!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:33 AM

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

The ticket is ROMNEY/RYAN. It’s not about Palin anymore.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:35 AM

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM

The world does NOT revolve around Palin. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Hey everyone. Watch this…

Pali…

Dongemaharu on August 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Blargh! ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on some future time. Probably real soon.

Dongemaharu on August 11, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I suspect that Palin will come out with a substantive endorsement of the Ryan pick. There will be loud cheering in some corners, and screaming in others and we’ll be returning to threads that run to 5,000 comments again. And the MSM will be defecating on themselves.

bigmike on August 11, 2012 at 6:41 AM

I don’t know about that…she won’t say much for at least a little while, either by choice or by request by the Romney campaign.

Gotta say, Ryan is a great pick. I won’t say too much since I have this uncanny ability to curse political candidates when I do. Ryan will be missed at his present post for sure.

JetBoy on August 11, 2012 at 6:45 AM

LtGenRob on August 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM

ryan voted for tarp and the autobailout. doesn’t send a signal to me that romney will change the course of this nation.

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

I have the mitt vp app

.nothing yet

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

we now get to sit back and compare. in ’08 we had a stiff, Sarah nearly drug him over the finish line.

now its 2012. we have another stiff. how far do you think ryan will be able to drag him?

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:39 AM

They don’t want to hear it. They are going to attack in the same old way, and they will be defeated in the same old way.

sharrukin on August 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Love ryan…he always does a nice job standing his ground wirh the mormong joe vrew when talking budgets

Really thought he would stay in congress

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Cnn is already calling him the poster boy for cutting benefits

Palinization

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 6:52 AM

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Ryan’s sharp. he can handle it.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

I really wanted to see Rubio get the tap BUT my second choice was Ryan - the most important thing is the possible bumpersticker. He will slay Fredo Biden in the debate.

RRR2012
ROMNEY - RUBIORYANREPUBLICAN 2012

BabysCatz on August 11, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Dongemaharu on August 11, 2012 at 6:44 AM

annoyinglittletwerp makes a valid point…For the last few years the HotAir Palinistas behaved like a cult and went on the attack if anyone so much as said something critical about her shoes. Thank gawd that’s settled down by now.

At present, Palin offers political commentary just like a hundred others on the news. The idea of her being a saint sent from the heavens has appropriately ceased. Not to say Palin can’t have her say and express her views…I welcome that…it wasn’t Palin that turned me off most, it was the way the cult-like Palinistas would go on the attack like a rabid pitbull (no lipstick) and go for the jugular on anyone who dared to question her authority.

Let’s try not to do this again, as you can see how it helped so well in ’08.

JetBoy on August 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

I agreement alt…. jyst infuriating when the lsm bashes him constantly with dem talking points

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 6:52 AM

yep. started with the ad which showed him throwing granny over the cliff.

btw, i also liked how he handled himself with the hostile morning joe crew. he is one sharp cookie.

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Stoic Patriot on August 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

MSdnc crew calling mitt a passenger instead of the driver of the gop party….right wing nutjobs unite!

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 6:59 AM

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Romney/Ryan are now MUCH more important than Palin…or are you now voting for Zero?
I’ll respond later. Work beckons.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

In fact, Frum just said the other day that Ryan would be a terrible, extremist pick.

RINO in Name Only on August 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM

Well then. What more needs to be said? If Frum says that, then Ryan is the right pick.

conservative pilgrim on August 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

JetBoy on August 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

despite the fact that to you she is “just like a hundred others” you crawl out from under your rock this morning to rip her supporters.

that shows you her power. she inspires even you.

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Lol….on drudge….dems complains he doesn’t have enough private sector experience….. ypur guy hadNO EXPERIENCE

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:02 AM

The media complaining that Ryan has “no private sector experience”!!!!!

Meanwhile we have Joe Biden who has been latched onto the Federal sow his entire life and Obama who did what anywhere (oh the records would sealed, sorry my bad)?

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

PappyD61 on August 11, 2012 at 7:02 AM

great minds….

PappyD61 on August 11, 2012 at 7:03 AM

At least he’s shown he can certainly hold his own. Smart guy.

The debate with SloJoe will be a scream.

tru2tx on August 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

JetBoy on August 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

She’s important to the movement. People like to talk about her. If you don’t like it, TS. I’m not happy with Mitt, and Ryan doesn’t do it for me either, but you know what, TS for me too.

And when half the time its PDSer throwing her name first into a thread, you’ve got them doing exactly to Palin fans as what the MSM does to conservatives: trying to shape the narrative and image. So you and ALT can keep crying “Palinista!…” at every opportunity, but your rhetoric doesn’t fool many people. And being the polar opposite of the most rabid “Palinista” isn’t very convincing either.

Dongemaharu on August 11, 2012 at 7:05 AM

I have the mitt vp app
.nothing yet
cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

No text message yet? At 8:44 (30 seconds) you’ll get something. ;)

conservative pilgrim on August 11, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Because we’ve pretty much officially confirmed that Ryan is the pick, and because I’m a man of my word:

From the “Portman:’I think I’ll end up staying’ in the Senate” post of a couple of days ago:

It will be either Pawlenty or Jindal. I’ll be okay with the former, but I’m rooting for the latter.

If I’m wrong, then when the pick is announced, I’ll quote myself and say “I was wrong.”

JimLennon on August 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I was wrong.

Now, that being said, Go ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

(Seriously, though, Romney could have put Martian death rays on the ticket as his running mate and I would still vote for him in November to get rid of Obama.)

JimLennon on August 11, 2012 at 7:07 AM

I just did CP

Msdnc says they look too similar….. in a bad way

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:07 AM

it wasn’t Palin that turned me off most, it was the way the cult-like Palinistas would go on the attack like a rabid pitbull (no lipstick) and go for the jugular on anyone who dared to question her authority.

JetBoy on August 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM

The Palin groupies are embarrassing, yes, but such people are to be expected on a political site like this. No one takes them very seriously, and most of the time they’re just mocked, if not ignored. Palin-obsessed groupies are all about personality politics. It’s sad. I think that even they, deep down, know how silly they appear. To them, all of Palin’s problems and failures are the result of others’ supposed plots against her; they’ll never admit that Palin’s own numerous shortcomings and poor decisions have diminished her standing among the general electorate.

Palin, a fine woman who is right on many issues, would no doubt be embarrassed to see how some of her worshipers conduct themselves.

To be honest, I’m sick of Sarah Palin as a topic of conversation. It’s time to look forward, not backwards at 2008.

bluegill on August 11, 2012 at 7:08 AM

No diversity on the ticket
-lsm

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:09 AM

I am glad. Ryan might be a lightning rod…but so what? He is a good,solid,policy man and he is conservative. He is also very bright and capable. Imagine Biden debating him. snort.

Terrye on August 11, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Well I’m glad Mitt picked someone with excuitive experience able to step into presidents shoes on day 1. It would have been a shame if Mitt just picked someone because they gave a good speech….

unseen on August 11, 2012 at 7:10 AM

The media complaining that Ryan has “no private sector experience”!!!!!

Meanwhile we have Joe Biden who has been latched onto the Federal sow his entire life and Obama who did what anywhere (oh the records would sealed, sorry my bad)?

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

PappyD61 on August 11, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Oh yeah..it is that same old double standard.

Terrye on August 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

At least he’s shown he can certainly hold his own. Smart guy.
The debate with SloJoe will be a scream.
tru2tx on August 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Ryan has shown that he can and will respond to all their accusations and smears. Team Obama will have to focus on the issues now. No more distractions. I would expect the campaign to get substantive and Romney to be more visible now allowing Ryan to be his attack dog. Well, I hope so. I’m tired to Obama and his ilk controlling the news with their outright lies.

Thank the Lord it wasn’t Portman or TPaw. Whew.

conservative pilgrim on August 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Well, it’s officially Ryan. Just got a notification through Mitt’s VP app…

Hot Gas on August 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM

That’s exactly what they’d have done. They would have sabotaged her ticket in the general. Simple as that.

promachus

Mental patient.

I suspect that Palin will come out with a substantive endorsement of the Ryan pick.

bigmike

Of course she will. As I’ve said time and time again, Palin isn’t nearly as dumb as the koolaid crew of followers that has assigned deity status to her.

xblade on August 11, 2012 at 7:14 AM

I just did CP
Msdnc says they look too similar….. in a bad way
cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Did it say Ryan is the VP pick?

conservative pilgrim on August 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Just flipped over to MSLSD. Looks like they have Ryan’s house staked out (while they go through his trash cans, no doubt).

I was hoping for Bobby Jindal, but Paul Ryan is an excellent choice. He will bring out the worst in Obama, for all the country to see.

Naturally Curly on August 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Msdnc not a referendum on obama but a choice…..ummm its definitely a referendum on dear leader

Seniors on the lib post are cryjng that their benefits will be tajen away…..Medicare ad by obama in 5….4…3…

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Ryan’s sharp. he can handle it.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

A Romney/Ryan ticket is a very beautiful thing, indeed.

Although I would have also been very happy with Rubio, I feel like Paul Ryan is the better choice because his pick feels more about substance and policy than largely group identity politics.

Paul Ryan, who will never have to be sequestered or tutored thoroughly and brought up to speed before we can let him speak to the media and voters (unlike previous candidates who, while appreciated, will remain nameless), will help make this campaign about the big issues.

The fact that he is from Wisconsin and has strong ties to Ohio are just cherries on top of the sundae.

GO MITT!!

ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 FOR THE WIN

bluegill on August 11, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Yup cp

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Well, it’s officially Ryan. Just got a notification through Mitt’s VP app…

Hot Gas on August 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM

I already saw it on Mitt’s youtube channel. It started something like this:

“Hey guys. What’s up?”

..and, you know, went on from there.

Dongemaharu on August 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Confirmed

TheAudacityofNOPE on August 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Well, it’s officially Ryan. Just got a notification through Mitt’s VP app…

Hot Gas on August 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Yep.

Linked on Drudge now.

inviolet on August 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM

I’m tired to Obama and his ilk controlling the news with their outright lies.

Thank the Lord it wasn’t Portman or TPaw. Whew.

conservative pilgrim on August 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Amen to that.

Right now on Fox there’s some democrat squawking about taking money away from the elderly and poor and give tax breaks to the rich.

Maybe Ryan can smack that stupid argument down again and again and finally get it hammered home with indisputible facts.

I just hope his young family can take the heat – it’s going to be ugly.

tru2tx on August 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM

I skipped sugar in the coffee this morning, this news is sweet enough.

hillsoftx on August 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Hey! The VP app worked! It is Ryan. Hotair was faster, though. Good job, guys.

bitsy on August 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Well, it’s officially Ryan. Just got a notification through Mitt’s VP app…

Hot Gas on August 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Paul Ryan, and couldn’t be happier!

I’m pumped for the fall campaign and ready to go!

bluegill on August 11, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Well, it’s officially Ryan. Just got a notification through Mitt’s VP app…
Hot Gas on August 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Never mind cmzinaz! :)

I wanted Jindal, but Ryan would be my second pick. And I’m not going to let Dick Cheney’s criticism of VP quals or the media and both parties’ double standard sour my attitude or response to Ryan. I always wanted Palin as POTUS, but it was not meant to be. At some point people need to forgive and move on. Don’t allow bitterness and “what could have been” to eat your soul.

conservative pilgrim on August 11, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Hey unseen, It’s been a long time since I’ve bumped into you here. I suspect Palin will be taking a lot more engagements from the Speaker’s Bureau in 2013. It will get her messages out, beyond Fox and Facebook and Twitter.

bigmike on August 11, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Medicare scare ad in short order

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Amen cp

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Wonderful choice. If the medica had tons of dirt, or anything substantive, on Ryan they’d have let it rip by now. He interviews well, he looks like a great “first decision”.

clnurnberg on August 11, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Mitt is getting a big fat check from me today.

We’re going to win. YESSS!!!

inviolet on August 11, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Maybe Ryan can smack that stupid argument down again and again and finally get it hammered home with indisputible facts.

tru2tx on August 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM

No one can do that quite like Paul Ryan. Mitt picked the right guy.

I’m feeling relieved right now. I was a bit worried it might be Pawlenty or Portman, both of whom I like but didn’t think would provide enough bite in the debates or leave strong enough impressions on voters.

Paul Ryan is the kind of guy who, the more you see him and listen to him (with as little mainstream media news filter, of course), the more you like and respect him and have confidence in him.

bluegill on August 11, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Time to start throwing barstools now Paulie and show Obama what we Irish are made of. Erin Go For Broke.

TxAnn56 on August 11, 2012 at 7:25 AM

America’s comeback team

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Paul Ryan did a great job confronting Obama during the healthcare debate. He explains complex economic concepts in very easy to understand terms. He is the best possible pick.

Romney/Ryan 2012 !!!

bitsy on August 11, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Not enough foreign policy experience
-david Gregory

Like dear leader had it via community organization

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:27 AM

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:25 AM

I’m feeling like this is another “Palin/McCain” team in that alot of people, including me, will be voting for Ryan instead of Romney.

TxAnn56 on August 11, 2012 at 7:27 AM

A fine choice, I was a Jindal fan but Ryan is clearly ready. BY the way, imagine the comparison between Biden and Ryan.

rob verdi on August 11, 2012 at 7:28 AM

And we’ve seen a sign or two in the past few years that the GOP would indeed pick Obama over Palin, haven’t we?

Other then a handful of extreme RINOs like Frum and Brooks, no one has backed Obama over Palin. In fact, Frum just said the other day that Ryan would be a terrible, extremist pick.

Which actually is one reason why I scoff at the notion that Obama is such a clear and present danger to America that it’s every American’s sacred duty to support Romney no matter how much of a progressive Romney should turn out to be — Obama can’t be all that bad if you’re willing to support him over Palin.

Aitch748 on August 11, 2012 at 6:15 AM

As I said above, the vast majority of Romney supporters have never supported Obama over Palin, so this is a ridiculous strawman.

As has already been pointed out, Palin herself supports the Ryan plan.

RINO in Name Only on August 11, 2012 at 6:36
AM

I don’t like Frum and rarely agree with him, but the truth is the truth. Just prior to the 2008 election Frum stated that although he personally had more in common with Obama than McCain, he supported McCain. Perhaps you are confusing Frum with Brooks.

Basilsbest on August 11, 2012 at 7:29 AM

There are worse choices than Ryan, so that is a help for Romney. He is about third or fourth down for what I considered likely prospects as he holds an important place in the House, key to crafting good budgets. I hope the #2 person on that committee is up to the task as it will be a pivotal one over the next four years.

Without Ryan holding his House seat for the Budget, he will have to work hard to keep his contacts open and make sure that there are good comms between the WH and the House.

There is one job that Ryan does get that is rarely used by VPs, preferring to hand it off to senior people: President of the Senate. Not just for casting deciding votes. If he actually uses this hat to help get legislation from the House and through the Senate, then things will get interesting by keeping the Leadership in either party as just that… not someone who controls the ebb and flow of bills through the Senate. Really the VP is a vital position, if only a VP would treat it as such.

ajacksonian on August 11, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Alternate headline: “Joe Biden Just Shiyite His Pants”.

hillsoftx on August 11, 2012 at 7:31 AM

tru2tx on August 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Did you expect dems to do otherwise?

One of the most putrid things in our society is the class warfare that the donks are advocating. The sense that people are entitled to use “their money” for luxuries, fun, and campaign donations to donks….while “the greedy rich” pay for their “necessities”, like healthcare, housing, food.

When I was young, there was still some “fee for service” notion in healthcare. You paid for a doctor’s visit and you were grateful to feel better. Now that same visit, and all forms of care are “my right”. I know a recently divorced woman who spent her settlement on a lavish home and has no problem cruising, vacationing and pampering herself who bemoans and begrudges paying anything for insurance or copays. When did we become a nation of whiney children who could not prioritize? When did we decide that we bore no responsibility for our health and the health of our children?

GO ROMNEY/RYAN!

clnurnberg on August 11, 2012 at 7:32 AM

no attack dog on the ticket this year. two nice quiet white guys. how genteel.

tea and finger sandwiches for all while we await obamas apology.

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 7:33 AM

America’s comeback team

cmsinaz on August 11, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Love that title. Exactly right.

bluegill on August 11, 2012 at 7:33 AM

no attack dog on the ticket this year. two nice quiet white guys. how genteel.

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 7:33 AM

As far as Obama-supporting and Mitt-bashing internet trolls go, you’re one of the dumber and more childish ones, and that’s saying something.

Go crawl back into your cave.

bluegill on August 11, 2012 at 7:37 AM

don’t you get it? Its going to ALL about Sarah. we now get to sit back and compare. in ’08 we had a stiff, Sarah nearly drug him over the finish line.

now its 2012. we have another stiff. how far do you think ryan will be able to drag him?

renalin

She gets it perfectly. You even admitted it above…it’s ALL about Palin for you guys, even when it isn’t. You guys are so obsessed with the woman that deep inside you hope Romney does worse than McCain because then you can feel vindicated in your belief that Palin was a better VP choice in 2008. Beating Obama isn’t your main concern at this point, it’s beating Ryan.

And that, my friend, is why you and a few others like you, are so often referred to as the nutjobs you are.

xblade on August 11, 2012 at 7:37 AM

I suspect that the VP position has changed over the past 5 or 6 elections to the point where he has become something of an armtwister-in-cheif for the President. It’ll be interesting to see how Ryan does in that capacity.

bigmike on August 11, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Well, this is the way I see it. The Ryan pick will help unite the base and energize conservatives and Tea Party patriots. If we turn out our base in November, we win. I don’t give a tinker’s damn what the left and the corrupt media say – or how many grannies they throw off the cliff.

TarheelBen on August 11, 2012 at 7:39 AM

the slogans write themselves:

“After four years of Obama, we need some R & R!”

JeffWeimer on August 11, 2012 at 7:40 AM

andrea mithcell already slamming ryan for his lack of foreign policy experience.

renalin on August 11, 2012 at 7:40 AM

I am getting a kick out of this Biden Ryan stuff. Who cares if Ryan destroys him in a debate, it not change nothing. Romney is toast now. He had his chance and he blew it with the Ryan pick. Ryan brings nothing to the ticket, good luck with woman and seniors.

Well America it was a good run, hello new Europe

Conservative4ev on August 11, 2012 at 7:41 AM

no attack dog on the ticket this year. two nice quiet white guys. how genteel.

renalin

Whining about white people. How liberal of you.

xblade on August 11, 2012 at 7:41 AM

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