So how did that Ryan pick work out?

posted at 8:41 am on August 17, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Today marks one full week since presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney named Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate in the battle of 2012. Trying to figure out precisely what effect this is having on the race seems to be an increasingly difficult task for the traditional media, who largely perform their research on such things by asking each other for dueling, ten second sound bites. With so little to go on, perhaps we should turn to our old friend mathematics. Today, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades released a memo bring everyone up to date on some of the key campaign figures over the past week.

First up… donations.

Online Fundraising

  • Donations: 124,800+
  • Amount: $10,157,947
  • Average Donation: $81
  • % New Donors: 68%

The Obama campaign doesn’t seem to release their fundraising numbers on such a granular level these days, but if there had been some sort of massive, anti-Ryan backlash flood of donations I think Axlerod or Cutter would have let us know by now.

How’s Mitt faring in the social media and web world since the Ryan announcement?

  • Site Traffic – Total: 2,000,000
  • Mitt Romney Facebook: +510,000 — Now 4,360,000
  • Mitt Romney Twitter: +54,000 — Now 861,000
  • Paul Ryan Facebook: +860,000
  • Paul Ryan Twitter: +118,500
  • Volunteers 45,000+ sign up to volunteer online

You can go out on all the Sunday shows and spin the headlines however you like, but that’s got to be a pretty encouraging set of numbers for America’s Comeback Team. But what explains them in terms of the reality on the ground? If Paul Ryan is so scary and radical, where is this surge of support coming from?

Kirsten Powers thinks she may have the answer. She seems to believe that younger voters of Ryan’s era – which she calls “Generation Screwed” – are open to his message of long term solutions.

Unfortunately, the future looks as bleak for today’s young people. No amount of coddling by their well-provided-for Boomer parents can save Generation Y and the Millennials from the dire economic conditions they face, including criminal levels of educational debt. Pensions have gone the way of the horse and buggy. You want to retire with health-care benefits, as both my professor parents did? Good luck. As the 1994 movie turned Gen-X mantra has it: Reality Bites…

A Zogby/JZ Analytics poll Tuesday showed increased support among voters 18-29 for the Romney ticket, which pollster John Zogby attributed to the Ryan pick. President Obama received just 49 percent of the youth vote, versus Romney’s 41 percent. (Obama took home 66 percent of the youth vote against McCain in 2008.)

81 days to go. The convention is only a little more than a week away. Let’s get a batch of popcorn going, folks. Things are just starting to get interesting.

Update (Ed): It’s 81 days to go, not 88.  I’ve fixed it above, and here’s a handy countdown clock:


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Voter from WA State on August 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Thanks. I’ll probably send an email too. :)

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Since this is my first time to an event like this, anyone know how early I should show up?

CookeyD on August 17, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I saw Paul Ryan on Wednesday at Miami University. Huge crowd. And the students were not in school yet (still moving in) and it is a fairly liberal school- sigh- and I am an alum…….I digress….. Go EARLY!! Security only had two lines that everyone had to go through. They checked bags and had a metal detector. That is what took so long. We were there an hour before it started and it took about 2.5 hours to get in.

1nolibgal on August 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I don’t think the GOP has had a better week (outside of 2010 results) in the past 3.75 years…

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Haha. Yeah and sadly it ends with your boy Ras showing Barry up 1 in tracking and Mitt talking about his %13 tax rate.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

The GOP hasn’t had a better week, lol?

Romney ends the week behind in the polls? What is so great about that?

gumbyandpokey on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Tax returns and racism is all they have. Seriously, that’s where all arguments go on Twitter. Very very weak.

Counter for tax returns should always be, let me know when they get a border agent killed and we’ll talk about who’s hiding what.

@redneck4rommney

Wagthatdog on August 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Run Forest, run!

Mama always said liberal trolls is like a box of sh!t. Nobody wants the box. Nobody brought the box. But the box still makes everything smell bad.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Update (Ed): It’s 81 days to go, not 88. I’ve fixed it above, and here’s a handy countdown clock

LOL

I expect to see that countdown on every single one of Jazz’s post between now and election day!!

ButterflyDragon on August 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Counter for tax returns should always be, let me know when they get a border agent killed and we’ll talk about who’s hiding what.

@redneck4rommney

Wagthatdog on August 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

The counter ought to be, let’s see the college transcripts, Mr. President.

Greek Fire on August 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Does everyone forget how radioactive ObeyMe was in 2010? No dem running for office would be seen with him. Feingold was the only one who dared aligning himself with Dear Leader and he got slaughtered…in wisconsin! Sure hope RR get to philly soon. PA is most definitely winnable. And don’t be surprised if NJ is in play too. Menendez is only at mid 40s, and Kyrillos can beat him if Nov is a replay of Christie’s election. Can you just see the faces of the MSLSD hosts as they announce Romney winning NJ? Don’t think for a second it can’t happen.

phillysfinest on August 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

CookeyD- go early. As early as you can. The best part is being surrounded by like minded folks. Discussions break out, good ones. When Santorum came to Tucson I took a day off work and was in the first 10 in a line of thousands. It was a wonderful day.

Go WAY early. You’ll have fun.

wolly4321 on August 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Update (Ed): It’s 81 days to go, not 88. I’ve fixed it above, and here’s a handy countdown clock

Be nice to Jazz Shaw; he’s still mad that Daily Show is on at 7:36 instead of 7:30 sharp.

lorien1973 on August 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

So now we are turning the generations against each other with more class warfare? This one will definitely not work. Gen X are the offspring of the Baby Boomers, with kids of their own. Gen X wants their parents to receive the benefits they have paid in to all their working lives, and Baby Boomers are willing to sacrifice if it means their kids and grandkids will have a better life. It’s the lies, welfare spending, stealing from Peter to pay Paul and government corruption that needs to stop.

American must be united in order to support the few individuals who have the courage to take this on.

lea on August 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The GOP hasn’t had a better week, lol?

Romney ends the week behind in the polls? What is so great about that?

gumbyandpokey on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sheesh, axelturd central sent their stupidest troll to haunt this thread….

jimver on August 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

BOOM!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

YEP!

Team Obama was heard to mutter chakalaka…

workingclass artist on August 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

My 16 year-old daughter just entered the workforce. She’s a hostess for a local restaurant – and was quite appalled at how taxes impacted her rather small paycheck. It was a perfect opportunity to introduce her to government spending/waste and the debt her generation faces. This is one very angry “Gen 44″ teen. :)

Hill60 on August 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM

My 16yo is going to find that out pretty soon when she gets her first ever earned check for working as a poll worker this past Tuesday. She isn’t going to make enough this year to have to pay income tax, but they withhold SS/MC, so she’ll get to see that little doozy.

I just finished talking with a nurse I work with, and she said that she had read on CNN that 18% of women in the GOP had “fled” to the Dems with the announcement of Ryan, since apparently his pick by Romney means that no-one will be able to get any form of birth control or abortions if they win. She also thinks the Koch brothers are pulling the Tea Party strings and she likes HBO’s The Newsroom. Sigh. I gave her some info which will hopefully make her think, including checking who CNN polled to come up with that 18% loss of women voters, and to read about George Soros, who makes the Koch brothers like like pikers.

LibraryGryffon on August 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Run Forest, run!

Mama always said liberal trolls is like a box of sh!t. Nobody wants the box. Nobody brought the box. But the box still makes everything smell bad.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Loool :)…

jimver on August 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I wish the polling would start to solidify around mitt. Rasmussen, one of the most accurate, has been pretty volatile. Two days ago mitt was ahead by 4, today obama is ahead by 1. What changed? Its still early, but i will feel better when it stops bouncing around so much.

Jack_Burton on August 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Run Forest, run!

Mama always said liberal trolls is like a box of sh!t. Nobody wants the box. Nobody brought the box. But the box still makes everything smell bad.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Your mother sounds like a typical mobilehome mouthed welfare conservative. Christ, you’re stupid.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

My 16yo is going to find that out pretty soon when she gets her first ever earned check for working as a poll worker this past Tuesday. She isn’t going to make enough this year to have to pay income tax, but they withhold SS/MC, so she’ll get to see that little doozy.

Hilarious. Poll worker? Who paid her? Why would you let her take a public job? We need SMALLER governement! Also, that doesn’t seem to be particularly steady work.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I wish the polling would start to solidify around mitt. Rasmussen, one of the most accurate, has been pretty volatile. Two days ago mitt was ahead by 4, today obama is ahead by 1. What changed? Its still early, but i will feel better when it stops bouncing around so much.

Jack_Burton on August 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Don’t worry it should settle to +4 Obama about a week after the Republican convention. Then you can go back to complaining about the media.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Ryan: “I received no stimulus funds”

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Good one, Ryan.

Dave Rywall on August 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

oh noes the alinskyists are disseminating garbage to dispirit.

halp us! save us from organizing for america!

tom daschle concerned on August 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

My 16yo is going to find that out pretty soon when she gets her first ever earned check for working as a poll worker this past Tuesday. She isn’t going to make enough this year to have to pay income tax, but they withhold SS/MC, so she’ll get to see that little doozy.

Hilarious. Poll worker? Who paid her? Why would you let her take a public job? We need SMALLER governement! Also, that doesn’t seem to be particularly steady work.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Piss off, retard…..poll worker is not fed govt job, but you ar too dense to know the difftence…..and, cretin, did you even notice that the poster talked about their 16 yo daughter, a 16 yo is in high school, even a intellectually challenged ond like you should know this, so they are not looking for steady employment, but for temps or vacation jobs..and anyways she is to be commended for that, she is 16 and working in her free time, you are 30 and living in your momma’s basement and probably spending her welfare check too…sheesh, did axleturd send all the idiots here, libfree sounds like a genius by comparison to this one..oh, and since you mentioned payment, I am guessing you volunteered to work for axelturd central and to flood this thread with our stupidity…..for one thing, you’re too stupid to be paid, and secondly, i heard that axelturd’ and obozo’s coffers are empty :)….

jimver on August 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Hilarious. Poll worker? Who paid her? Why would you let her take a public job? We need SMALLER governement! Also, that doesn’t seem to be particularly steady work.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Can I assume that the elections in your state are run by either full time state workers or unpaid volunteers who can easily take off a day or two? Here in Connecticut we had primaries on Tuesday for federal candidates for the senate and the house. Our town has eight polling stations and someone has to man then (actually, with eight stations with a democrat and a republican primary (functionally two separate elections, just in the same place) that’s over 60 people. Would you rather have people like me and my daughter who believe in free, legally and ethically run elections, or the good folks from ACORN?

LibraryGryffon on August 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I wish the polling would start to solidify around mitt. Rasmussen, one of the most accurate, has been pretty volatile. Two days ago mitt was ahead by 4, today obama is ahead by 1. What changed? Its still early, but i will feel better when it stops bouncing around so much.

Jack_Burton on August 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The Ryan pick appears to have polled well Sunday & Monday in Ras as Romney went to a +4. I suspect the Obama ads on social issues and mediscare had their impact by Wednesday & Thursday as those were apparently very bad nights for Romney and replaced the Sunday Monday numbers in the Thursday?Friday reports. When Romney gets his general election money available, I don’t think Obama will get to dominate the airwaves this way. Also the convention will serve to create a different impression for Ryan than what the people who only see the ads have gotten so far. This is still a marathon not a sprint and there will be many turns before Nov. 6; but I expect Romney/Ryan to get a bigger convention bounce than Obama/Biden as views of Obama/Biden are already mostly set. I also think the debates will let Romeny define himself in a way the ads and media have not; so he has a bigger upside potential there as well.

KW64 on August 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Run Forest, run!

Mama always said liberal trolls is like a box of sh!t. Nobody wants the box. Nobody brought the box. But the box still makes everything smell bad.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Your mother sounds like a typical mobilehome mouthed welfare conservative. Christ, you’re stupid.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Ignorant troll is as ignorant troll does.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Hilarious. Poll worker? Who paid her? Why would you let her take a public job? We need SMALLER governement! Also, that doesn’t seem to be particularly steady work.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I always feel ashamed of my own lack of compassion when I see leftists display their bottomless pit of compassion. Probably you guys should organize drive-bys of this pathetic 16 year old so you can tell her how despicable she is for having a summer job. All of you caring trolls should feel purposeful. Go watch the Adam Smith video for lessons on how to achieve purposefulness.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I wish the polling would start to solidify around mitt. Rasmussen, one of the most accurate, has been pretty volatile. Two days ago mitt was ahead by 4, today obama is ahead by 1. What changed? Its still early, but i will feel better when it stops bouncing around so much.

Jack_Burton on August 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The Ryan pick appears to have polled well Sunday & Monday in Ras as Romney went to a +4. I suspect the Obama ads on social issues and mediscare had their impact by Wednesday & Thursday as those were apparently very bad nights for Romney and replaced the Sunday Monday numbers in the Thursday?Friday reports. When Romney gets his general election money available, I don’t think Obama will get to dominate the airwaves this way. Also the convention will serve to create a different impression for Ryan than what the people who only see the ads have gotten so far. This is still a marathon not a sprint and there will be many turns before Nov. 6; but I expect Romney/Ryan to get a bigger convention bounce than Obama/Biden as views of Obama/Biden are already mostly set. I also think the debates will let Romeny define himself in a way the ads and media have not; so he has a bigger upside potential there as well.

KW64 on August 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

What mediscare ads….this thing that the Obama campaign is outspending Romney campaign currently
is a myth…there were a lot of snalysts out there the past few days who said that currently the two campaign are spending about the same on ads (that includes the Super PACs.. Also, .Romney and his super PACs ran a lot of ads (in Fl mainly) about obama taking 700 billions from medicare to pay for obamacare…

jimver on August 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Your mother sounds like a typical mobilehome mouthed welfare conservative. Christ, you’re stupid.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

You have the absolute monopoly on stupidity on this thread..now, off you go, your lobotomy is showing…badly….

jimver on August 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I always feel ashamed of my own lack of compassion when I see leftists display their bottomless pit of compassion. Probably you guys should organize drive-bys of this pathetic 16 year old so you can tell her how despicable she is for having a summer job. All of you caring trolls should feel purposeful. Go watch the Adam Smith video for lessons on how to achieve purposefulness.

Why are you calling that person’s daughter pathetic? That’s really uncalled for. I think the self shame part is probably a good idea, but I bet you have better reasons for that besides your own petty forum based experiences. Dig deeper.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Why are you calling that person’s daughter pathetic? That’s really uncalled for. I think the self shame part is probably a good idea, but I bet you have better reasons for that besides your own petty forum based experiences. Dig deeper.

tommyhawk on August 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Lieutenant Troll, I got you some ice cream.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Probably you guys should organize drive-bys of this pathetic 16 year old so you can tell her how despicable she is for having a summer job.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Snicker. My “pathetic 16yo” has a glower that scares most of the rest of her high school when she isn’t even trying. I almost afraid to see reactions when she is actively showing her displeasure. I suspect the score would be Trolls: 0, 16yo: # of trolls.

As it is, she got to spend a summer day (a very long day, 5a to 9p) doing something more useful and interesting than just sitting at home reading and sleeping, provided a necessary public service, and got paid by the town for it. She’ll probably be working the polls on November 6th also since public schools at least in this state are always closed, since they are usually polling stations.

LibraryGryffon on August 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

LibraryGryffon on August 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Good for her. I think it is especially nice that she is taking an interest in politics unlike so many yutes. Unfortunately it takes a cold dose of reality about just how intrusive government is in our lives before young folks wake up to the facts of life.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

It’s 81 days to go, not 88. I’ve fixed it above, and here’s a handy countdown clock:

And truth be told, it’s more like 65 days until early voting starts in places like Nevada and Florida.

Remember people… vote early, and vote often!

JohnGalt23 on August 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Too many trolls here.
A very dull read.

Banhammer time.

PaleoRider on August 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Banhammer time.

PaleoRider on August 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Let ‘em yap. So long as there are no OTT comments, the strange meanderings of what passes for lefty “thought” makes for amusing reading.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on August 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

“someone will commit career suicide on that network that night”

I nominate “Chris Tingles”.

RADIOONE on August 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

No Ed, you’re partially right. It’s 81 days until the Republicans vote on Nov 6th. Voting for Dems has been moved to Tuesday the 13th ;)

Minnfidel on August 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Hey Jazz, why don’t you post a change in polls which show the Bareback Team leading by 5 points? Instead you post this irrelevant garbage.

promachus on August 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I saw Paul Ryan on Wednesday at Miami University. Huge crowd. And the students were not in school yet (still moving in) and it is a fairly liberal school- sigh- and I am an alum…….I digress….. Go EARLY!! Security only had two lines that everyone had to go through. They checked bags and had a metal detector. That is what took so long. We were there an hour before it started and it took about 2.5 hours to get in.

1nolibgal on August 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Was that Miami of Florida or Ohio? They’re both swing states…

Steve Z on August 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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