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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ROMNEY MADE CALLS LATE TONIGHT TO THOSE WHO DID NOT GET SLOT… –Drudge

andy85719 on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

OK, I’m hoping for the best, but I’m still going to mentally prepare myself to have the rug pulled out from under me tomorrow morning. I can’t believe that Romney would be this dumb to let conservatives get their expectations up just to have Portman or Pawlenty be the choice. I honestly think that if it’s Portman or Pawlenty, Romney is toast. Fingers crossed.

JohnInCA on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Doesn’t Obamacare gut Meidcare???

Game over…

MGardner on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Mistyake to announce now. It looks like he’s trying to break a bad news cycle. Weak. Wait until before the convention. Draw it out. Do it on your own time.

rrpjr on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

SWalker on August 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Dante’s head can’t explode. That sucker is solid neutronium.

trigon on August 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM

ROTFLMAO… too true.. ;p

SWalker on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

young smart Ryan Vs. old stupid biden debate. YES!

GhoulAid on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

From all the picks Romney had….why Ryan? I don’t get it.

terryannonline on August 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Romney probably thinks his best path to winning is to make the country talk about the entitlement debacle we are currently in. And no one is better to talk about that then Ryan.

It’s a discussion that needs to be had – I’m not sure people grasp the problem, though. If they can’t keep peoples’ attention to it, they’ll lose. And with short attention span theater out there, who knows.

But if we don’t talk about it now, next time is too late. It’s already too late, actually.

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

but at 42 and only having been a Congressman, and with no private sector or military experience, and no executive experience (i.e., Governor), is this someone who is ready and able to step in and be President and face down the tyrants of the world?

Tripwhipper on August 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Yes.

Vince on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

I don’t think Ryan is shallow at all. He’s really smart.

terryannonline on August 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Smart, yes. However, as rockmom demonstrated, that’s not why he was picked.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

I’m going to have a heart attack. I love Ryan, but I am terrified of the attacks that are coming.

I don’t think we’ll see ads of Romney/Ryan pushing grandma off a cliff, but that’s only because I think they’ll have them burn down a retirement home.

Oh well.

Obamacare Delenda Est

El_Terrible on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

I still think Pawlenty would have been the best choice of the three. At least he has executive experience and a more conservative record than Ryan. But hey…the libs control the rules of the game. Identity politics must be played. Pretty beats principles.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Hard to go vote when T-paw put me to sleep in my recliner.

msupertas on August 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

ROMNEY/RYAN…..I LIKE IT!

This DEFINITELY will keep the focus on the economy. Even when Obama goes all in on the MEDISCARE hokum… there’s no getting around Ryan’s plan for taxes and Medicare… and this give him the perfect opportunity to make it clear to the American people.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

FNC Carl Cameron – rough log of his report

23:04:13 VP is eminent

23:04:25 unveiling is tomorrow morning at 9 am

23:04:35 all signs are pointing to Paul Ryan

23:05:05 Romney has called all hands on deck

23:05:18 bus tour will take Romney to Florida, where Rubio could be a selection

23:05:42 it appears it will be Paul Ryan of Wisconsin

23:06:10 Romney will announce his running mate at 9 am tomorrow morning

23:06:34 Ryan is vacation in Colorado right now

23:06:58 one cannot rule out the possibility of a surprise….this VP nominee could not be a prominent individual for the last couple of weeks

23:08:46 gives Romney an opportunity to create a new buzz before the Republican Convention

23:09:07 Labor Day seems to be the day the nation tunes in to politics

23:10:03 we’ll find out tomorrow; all the names we have focused on the past days. Handful of polls saying Romney has lost some ground in the polls

23:11:04 Ryan went in to Congress at 28; since college, working for Congress

23:12:52 speculating VP pick will join him on bus tour; we’ll see the two of them on stage then they will split off

23:13:18 we will find out tomorrow but we do know he will announce at 9 am tomorrow

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

(Sigh … )

There goes the Grandmothers In Wheelchairs voting bloc . . .

/s

RedPepper on August 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Another desperate housewife, huh? This isn’t American Idol, sweetheart. He’s also dull, boring, and comes with a TON of baggage.

In other words, Romney/Ryan ’12! (Please, God!)

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Nice sexism there, liberal.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Paul Ryan is putting on his tights and cape to be Romney’s Robin. I like Paul Ryan as a congressional policy wonk, but at 42 and only having been a Congressman, and with no private sector or military experience, and no executive experience (i.e., Governor), is this someone who is ready and able to step in and be President and face down the tyrants of the world?

Tripwhipper on August 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

and only having been a Congressman (Chairman of the Budget Committee). Would anyone rather have Biden as VP? Biden is one of the dumbest politicians in the entire world. Is Biden ready because he has gray hair?


Paul Ryan would make Putin piss in his Russian panties
.

PappyD61 on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

ellifint on August 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM

I just asked the Husband if we should leave know and secure a parking spot.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

really like Paul Ryan but you’re not concerned with Mediscaring?

terryannonline on August 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

When have the democrats NOT engaged in Mediscaring? At least with Ryan we would have the best person out front to articulate how his plan actually works.

TarheelBen on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Can you imagine a Ryan/Biden debate?

bloggless on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I think Obama has well overplayed his hand with so many ads and issues that Mediscaring has been effectively neutered.

Rndguy on August 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

The biggest trap with the Mediscaring is that all Ryan and Romney have to do is look over at their opponent at the debates and ask them point blank to their faces: what is your plan? They literally do not have one. Their own Treasury Secretary said to Ryan just a few short months ago that they didn’t have one. You can smear the other side all you want, but at some point you’re gonna have to offer an alternative.

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I really like Paul Ryan but you’re not concerned with Mediscaring?

terryannonline on August 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Politifact labeling Mediscare the “lie of the year” would make for a nice soundbite.

amerpundit on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Romney’s logo was always designed for a VP with an “R” last name

andy85719 on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Drudge

Final names Ryan, Rubio, Pawlenty, Christie, Portman and one unnamed wild card

Palin?

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

If it’s misdirection, why would he risk pissing off the base with a conservative like Ryan? Wouldn’t you rather piss of..say..Portman supporters and use him as a misdirection instead of someone with a strong base of support?

NoStoppingUs on August 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

it cooooould be TPaw

but on the other hand it could be TPaw

Slade73 on August 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I wish I had a smartphone so I could download that app and be the first to know who it is!

Buy Danish on August 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

It could be worse. Ryan will make for a smart attack dog.

The Veep debates will be fun to watch.

trigon on August 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I someone who lives in wisconsin and is familiar with Ryan — I am really hoping it is him.

I’ve seen Ryan and Romney campaign together here in Wisconsin. They mesh very well with one another. Ryan is charismatic and very intelligent. He will run circles around Biden in the VP debate.

More importantly, by picking Ryan this election WILL be about the future of this country (per the Ryan budget) just as Romney had hoped it would be. Romney and Ryan will look like the only adults in the room if Obama continues to spew out distractions.

Also, Ryan WILL put Wisconsin in play. He is popular and will have people like Scott Walker getting Wisconsinites riled up about this election!

stuckinwisconsin on August 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Palin?

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Scott Walker? :P

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Joe Biden just sharted his hair plugs. Poor Joe.

the botnet on August 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

There is that whole Ryan plan thing. So, you know, he’s trying.

msupertas on August 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Yeah. Except if Romney wins, Ryan no longer has the power to push his plan. He becomes a decoration. Which is probably, ultimately, what he wants. He’s been pushing a plan he knew he never could get passed, so this gives him an out.

However, Ryan as VP forces Romney to get serious about entitlement reforme. This way Romney can’t simply ignore it once elected as it’d be political suicide. We need to have a serious discussion about it we’re a nation of makers or takers.

LevinFan on August 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Tell me the last president that had to confront their Veep’s pet issues.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Would be such a strange tactic to use Ryan as a decoy for a Pawlenty or Portman pick, so that can’t be true.

On one hand, its exciting to have Ryan on the ticket, but on the other hand, its as VP when HE should have actually been on the top of the ticket. Why would he be okay with VP when he could have ran and likely won the nomination itself? WHY RYAN WHY?

gumble on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

If Ryan is the VP, Mitt can kiss Florida goodbye. Non-stop ads scaring the geezers down there about how Ryan fully plans on taking away their main source of income.

Romney/Ryan ’12!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Yesterday’s QOTD said that Rubio actually ran on entitlement reform in FLA and he did pretty well!

LevinFan on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

I just asked the Husband if we should leave know and secure a parking spot.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Cindy what are you hearing there in VA? Is there any chance all this talk about Ryan is just a head fake and the real choice is Governor McDonnell?

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Can you imagine a Ryan/Biden debate?

bloggless on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

A beating of epic proportions, poor old plugs Biden wont even know what hit him, he be back singing drunken commercials.

SWalker on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Paul Ryan killed my grandma by shoving her wheelchair over a cliff!!!1!

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

i’m just gonna say it. Ryan is cuuuuuuuuuuuuuute.

GhoulAid on August 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

OK. I’ll go further into detail.
Though the widows peak is a slight distraction, it’s the bedroom eyes.

bettycooper on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Of course. It was too much to ask that the president who we choose to fight ObamaCare not be the architect. Now it’s too much to ask that the vice president we appoint didn’t vote for most of the spending that’s put us so heavily in debt.

If we were eating at a diner, and I complained that a piece of s**t on a bun that was just served to each of us, you’d admonish me for doing so.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I might, especially since you seem bound and determined to see pieces of s**t wherever you look.

Ryan isn’t perfect, but he’s a better choice than most of those touted (Jindal is the exception, imo). And, it means that Team Romney isn’t shying away from the discussion about entitlements, which I think is important. (Of course, if this is a giant head fake and it’s really Portman, then nevermind.)

changer1701 on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

I just want the items I bought from Romney’s campaign store 2 months ago to flippin’ arrive. That would be nice.

FlatFoot on August 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM

You too? I e-mailed them and asked where my stuff was. They responded right away. I would give that a try.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I emailed them twice and called them once. I get the same responses every time — ‘they’re coming as soon as possible’. And yet — here we are after two months — nothing. I spent $250 PLUS I donated $2250 and maxed out to his direct campaign. I’ve further donated to the Romney Victory Fund too (no danger of hitting legal limit there).

I mean — sheesh — even TV Chia Pets arrive in 4-6 weeks. Even during the uber busy holiday season! O.o

FlatFoot on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Hard to go vote when T-paw put me to sleep in my recliner.

msupertas on August 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Once again…you confirm that it’s not about experience or records, but charisma. I agree that Pawlenty isn’t the most energizing, but he’s had experience as a governor, and with a more conservative record that Ryan, even with his support of ethanol subsidies.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Paul Ryan killed my grandma by shoving her wheelchair over a cliff!!!1!

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Her last name wasn’t Soptic by any chance, was it?

/

Doughboy on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Doughboy@ 11:32pm…

Exactly.

wolly4321 on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

This is a BIG deal, means Romney will take on entitlement reform and Mediscare frontally, unafraid (it is coming anyway). Ryan is Catholic, young w blue collar roots, can help w Wisc, Iowa, Mich, and Ohio.

Romney is going for a MANDATE in Nov. This will electrify the base and Tea Party.

matthew8787 on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

So no way to find out who is on their way to Virginia?

terryannonline on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Palin?

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Scott Walker? :P

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Spawn and I were just discussing that. Boy-child finds a Walker pick to be quite unlikely since he just survived that ‘little’ recall thingy.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

My prayers go out for the Ryan family. The next three months will be brutal. God bless them.

NebCon on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Yesterday’s QOTD said that Rubio actually ran on entitlement reform in FLA and he did pretty well!

LevinFan on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Yep. No one buys the mediscaring anymore. That well has been tapped too many times.

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Mistyake to announce now. It looks like he’s trying to break a bad news cycle. Weak. Wait until before the convention. Draw it out. Do it on your own time.

rrpjr on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

You know what is the draw back at political forums? Every idiot under the sun thinks that he is some type of political expert…

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

McDonnell?

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Ryan is the male version of Palin. Cute and dumb. The press (and SNL) are licking their chops already! This is like deja vu. Remember the excitement over Palin? Game-changer! Young and attractive! Great family! The more I think about it, the more I realize the GOP is literally running the same campaign but with different names slotted in. A milquetoast moderate candidate with an untried, inexperienced VP.

Fingers crossed – Romney/Ryan!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Can’t he do it a little later so I don’t have to get up at 6 am on a Saturday morning?

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Can you imagine a debate between “I think I am having an aneurysm” Joe Biden, and Ryan?

mouell on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

We will win Wisconsin now…

MGardner on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Tell me the last president that had to confront their Veep’s pet issues.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Bush.

Vince on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Who’s going to wake Obama up? He doesn’t roll out of bed until 10am he’s working so hard for the American people…

@Redneck4Romney

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Cindy what are you hearing there in VA? Is there any chance all this talk about Ryan is just a head fake and the real choice is Governor McDonnell?

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

The press avail is on the USS Wisconsin.

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Ryan is the perfect GenX Conservative politician. He’s telegenic, has several young children, and is knowledgeable and articulate enough to make the case for how all these Liberal entitlements are going to destroy our kid’s future. If this election represents D-Day for America’s future, then Ryan makes a great General.

ardenenoch on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Decision for Rubio: A+

Decision for Ryan: A-

All in all, a great choice that has great chemistry!

Shaughnessy on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Ryan isn’t perfect…

changer1701 on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Get this through your head: nobody is asking for perfection. You react to criticism of candidates you like with the straw man that the critics are demanding perfection. We’re not. Ryan has a poor record in terms of conservatism.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Paul Ryan killed my grandma by shoving her wheelchair over a cliff!!!1!

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

And he killed my grandma when your grandma’s wheelchair landed on her.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

My prayers go out for the Ryan family. The next three months will be brutal. God bless them.

NebCon on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

No kidding

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I like Paul Ryan. He doesn’t blink, and he drives obama completely angry-mad. He’s smart, and he states his case calmly. He is definitely not impressed by obama, and obama cannot stand that. I hope Ryan is it.

MustLoveBlogs on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

The Barry plan will be to scare the bejeebers out of every state having a large population of retirees.

Philly on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

He gets under Barack Obama’s skin, like nobody else. He’s younger, smarter, and better looking.

This will be fun.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Another desperate housewife, huh? This isn’t American Idol, sweetheart. He’s also dull, boring, and comes with a TON of baggage.

In other words, Romney/Ryan ’12! (Please, God!)

Inthemiddleofthefirstcolon on August 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

You too, middle? I never saw you as a desperate housewife, you struck me as the cross dressing type. Oh, well, isn’t Paul just dreamy? You know, he will bring it because he does P90X. He’s fit, he’s young, and best of all, he is smart. Not Harvard, I won’t release my transcripts smart. Not choom gang, sniff up and smoke out instead of studying smart. Not Columbia, nobody remembers me and I’ve sealed those records too smart. Not even, Occidental, foreign student loans smart. Not socialist party, hobnobbing with Bill Ayers, Rev Wright, and other haters smart. And speaking of nobs, what’s with the ears. I’m betting you dream of holding them, like a handle, don’t you?
No, Paul Ryan is smart. I’m liking this pick.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Bush.

Vince on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

How so?

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Hope Ryan, his wife, his kids, his parents, his friends have zero skeletons. Count Obama is slash and burn.

andy85719 on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

That your only skill in life is polishing Obama’s knob makes me feel sad for you.

inthemiddle on August 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

The Obama ad is ready:

________ is a murderer
________ is a felon
________ will kill lots of people, if elected
________ has never paid any taxes
________ is a racist

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I still think Rubio would have gave me the most votes… but Ryan would be also great if true…

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Mitt Romney has called several candidates on his vice presidential list to say he has made a decision – @cnn bit.ly/OZcFP0

andy85719 on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Dumb? Just like in the middle!

wargamer6 on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Can’t he do it a little later so I don’t have to get up at 6 am on a Saturday morning?

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

LOL I said that too in the QOTD thread. I was really looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.

gophergirl on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

NebCon on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Amen to that.

Philly on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Check out Flight Aware for the plane’sdeparture, tail# N26SC. If it’s Ryan that plane should be taking off overnight so Ryan can arrive on the Wisconsin in Norfolk somewhat refreshed for that 9 AM intro.

xkaydet65 on August 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Nothing seems to be filed for an overnight flight, and there is evidence this carrier often goes between Chicago and Janesville….

Sekhmet on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I’m sure the Peggy Noonans and the George wills of the world will shun Ryan because he has no foreign policy experience like they did with Palin in 2008.

rjc115 on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

If Ryan is the VP, Mitt can kiss Florida goodbye. Non-stop ads scaring the geezers down there about how Ryan fully plans on taking away their main source of income.

Romney/Ryan ’12!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Bless your little heart.

I’ve got bad news for you sweetie. Most of us geezers down here are more concerned about what your boy king is doing to our grandchildren’s future than worrying about some bs about Republicans throwing us off a cliff.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Ryan is the male version of Palin. Cute and dumb. The press (and SNL) are licking their chops already! This is like deja vu. Remember the excitement over Palin? Game-changer! Young and attractive! Great family! The more I think about it, the more I realize the GOP is literally running the same campaign but with different names slotted in. A milquetoast moderate candidate with an untried, inexperienced VP.

Fingers crossed – Romney/Ryan!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Also, youtube Ryan V Obama during the healthcare debate. Then tell me who is the dumb one. Ryan destroyed Obama; and it was funny.

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

So odd! In Conservative World we consider baggage as someone who sits in a racist church for twenty years, never holding a job, telling Congress that there will be no cooperation because “I won” and calling their campaign executive experience. What you call baggage for Rep. Ryan is the sincere attempt to find solutions to very serious problems this country faces. At least our “baggage” isn’t empty.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

inthemiddle will be drafting ads showing Ryan killing old ladies and stealing money. He’s sick like that.

wargamer6 on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Ryan is the male version of Palin. Cute and dumb.

How on Earth can you call Ryan dumb. I bet you don’t know 1% of the stuff Ryan does.

terryannonline on August 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

How on Earth can you call Ryan dumb. I bet you don’t know 1% of the stuff Ryan does.

terryannonline on August 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

This is inthemiddle we’re talking about..

wargamer6 on August 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Also, I am pulling for Paul Ryan because inthemiddleofobamasanalpolyp is advocating a Romney/Ryan ticket. Prove me wrong!

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Ed, I admire your work ethic, given your pain.

NebCon on August 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Ryan is very smart…and would really p.o. barry. Ryan/Biden would be great (if any substantive questions were asked)

but, i think the Mcdonnell thing could be because of VA (if he’s popular in VA?)

but he!! it could be newt as far as I know

r keller on August 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM

How on Earth can you call Ryan dumb. I bet you don’t know 1% of the stuff Ryan does.

terryannonline on August 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

inthemiddle’s lot in life is to polish his master’s knob. So cut it a break.

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Hope Ryan, his wife, his kids, his parents, his friends have zero skeletons. Count Obama is slash and burn.

andy85719 on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I honestly don’t imagine he has any. I know some of his family. They’re model citizens, and that’s not hyperbole.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM

CNN is showing pics of him killing a deer!

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Ryan is the male version of Palin. Cute and dumb. The press (and SNL) are licking their chops already! This is like deja vu. Remember the excitement over Palin? Game-changer! Young and attractive! Great family! The more I think about it, the more I realize the GOP is literally running the same campaign but with different names slotted in. A milquetoast moderate candidate with an untried, inexperienced VP.

Fingers crossed – Romney/Ryan!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

So spoke the liberal scum… but yeah the welfare queens agitator from Chicago is so smart… how about his Vice President Biden, what a genius that guy is….

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Lol, inthemiddle.

You are obviously not familiar with Paul Ryan if you think he is dumb. Joe Biden, on the other hand…

stuckinwisconsin on August 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Tell me the last president that had to confront their Veep’s pet issues.

MadisonConservative on August 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

I think it’s two-fold.

1. Like I said by campaining on entitlement reform Romney simply can’t ignore it once elected.

2. Romney and Ryan have very high respect for each other and have a great relationship. I think they’d work together on this issue with Romney being willing to take alot of advice from Ryan.

Again,what makes Pawlenty so great? A cap and tax guy from Minnesota? What good would he do other than be a safe pick?

LevinFan on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

i’m just gonna say it. Ryan is cuuuuuuuuuuuuuute.

GhoulAid on August 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

OK. I’ll go further into detail.
Though the widows peak is a slight distraction, it’s the bedroom eyes.

bettycooper on August 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM

THIS, people, is exactly why the press and mainstream media will crucify him. Vapid candidate who middle-aged voters want to sleep with. Palin 2.0. There’s some VPs I was fearing and dreading he would pick. Ryan is not one of them. Mitt’s already got the entitled white guy vote!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

BS that Ryan can’t wield power as veep on his plan. Picture Cheney with a calculator.

wolly4321 on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Ryan is the male version of Palin. Cute and dumb. The press (and SNL) are licking their chops already! This is like deja vu. Remember the excitement over Palin? Game-changer! Young and attractive! Great family! The more I think about it, the more I realize the GOP is literally running the same campaign but with different names slotted in. A milquetoast moderate candidate with an untried, inexperienced VP.

Fingers crossed – Romney/Ryan!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Yes, Dave and Conan, that’s how we pick our candidates…kind of like that smart power, Barack Kardashian, because we are worried what SNL and the press think. You chop lickers will do your master’s bidding, licking and twisting, and sucking up to your man.
You know nothing. You are nothing.

AllahsNippleHair on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Dems can just recycle the 2010 ads with grandma and the man in the black suit. Didn’t work then though.

andy85719 on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

If Ryan is the VP, Mitt can kiss Florida goodbye. Non-stop ads scaring the geezers down there about how Ryan fully plans on taking away their main source of income.

Romney/Ryan ’12!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Wooohooo! I knew Ryan is the right guy…this proves it!

ccrosby on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM

That’s gonna leave a mark! :-)

NebCon on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

The press avail is on the USS Wisconsin.

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Thank you.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Whoever the VP pick is, I hope that they realize and fulfill their Constitutional role…

… it’s not what John McCain claimed:

“The vice president has two duties. One is to inquire daily as to the health of the president, and the other is to attend the funerals of Third World dictators. And neither of those do I find an enjoyable exercise.” – Presidential candidate John McCain, in 2000.

It IS to preside over the Senate ON A REGULAR BASIS as “President of the Senate”. There is power in that position, but we’ve rarely ever seen a VP act in that authority other than:
1) Voting to break a tie in the Senate
2) Sitting next to the Speaker of the House during a State of the Union address.

When the VP isn’t presiding over the Senate, the power of the President of the Senate is delegated to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, who more often than not delegates it to a Junior Senator who may have no idea what they are doing and looks to the unelected Senate Parliamentarian to tell them what to do.

I’d like to see Romney’s VP actually do the job of President of the Senate, and preside over the Senate more often than not.

ITguy on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

1 wildcard? Hmmmmm

At least Barack won’t make fun of Ryan’s big ears.

SouthernGent on August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

It begins

CNN’s John King: “[Ryan] would be a very risky choice”

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

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