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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88 days to go.

Isn’t it 81 days to go? Don’t confuse our side. Do that to Democrat voters.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

BOOM!

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 8:44 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

Solid rundown, Jazz!! gracias!

ted c on August 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

but the “site traffic” 2,000,000 is to what site? mittromney.com?

ted c on August 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

“Count it!”

–crr6

search4truth on August 17, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I am actually excited these days. I actually have taken a liking to Romney in the last week. With McCain…eh, I needed that spoon full of sugar.

donkichi on August 17, 2012 at 8:48 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

Agreed. And unless Obama somehow regains the momentum over the coming week, he’s in trouble. Because the week after next is the convention where you know Romney/Ryan will get a boost in the polls since they’ll be able to speak to the nation unfiltered(well, unless MSDNC adds a laugh track to their speeches).

And with Obama going back to the pathetic tax returns attack on Romney today, I don’t see him turning things around before the GOP convention.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Kirsten Powers thinks she may have the answer.

Well her answer last week was a long, snarky column about how the Ryan pick was the demise of Romney’s candidacy. She seemed to have changed her tune by about Tuesday.

BettyRuth on August 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

The President is incredibly vulnerable, don’t kid yourselves, he can still win but the sign and portents of a solid win for the GOP are taking shape.

rob verdi on August 17, 2012 at 8:52 AM

The Ryan pick was kinda bold, but you want real audaciousness?

Obama staying with Biden–that’s bold.

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Well after yesterday we all learned all the lefties have left is to openly throw out the N-word and try to attach it to a man who never ever said it.
If there is any more then I missed it.

NeoKong on August 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

bambi gets his own convention too. but so many of us just tune him out.

kelley in virginia on August 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Something isn’t right. I’m actually looking forward to this election.

RDE2010 on August 17, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Not so well for all the grandmas who were thrown over cliffs by Fascist Ryan.

Bishop on August 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Bam!

Keep on truckin R2

cmsinaz on August 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Well her answer last week was a long, snarky column about how the Ryan pick was the demise of Romney’s candidacy. She seemed to have changed her tune by about Tuesday.
BettyRuth on August 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Yep.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM

The Ryan pick was kinda bold, but you want real audaciousness?

Obama staying with Biden–that’s bold.

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Lol. So true. I think we can safely say, “what was he thinking?!”

RDE2010 on August 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Isn’t it 81 days to go? Don’t confuse our side. Do that to Democrat voters.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

He got it right. Republicans vote November 6. Democrats vote November 13.

kbTexan on August 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM

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.

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

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Thank heavens Michael Steele lost this gig.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

88 days to go.

Isn’t it 81 days to go? Don’t confuse our side. Do that to Democrat voters.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

It accounts for a week that will take to bodily drag the jug-eared squatter out.

Archivarix on August 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

She seemed to have changed her tune by about Tuesday.

BettyRuth on August 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

And she won’t be the last to change tune either.

forest on August 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I believe the Ryan pick saved the election and probably the Republican party.

docflash on August 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Let’s see how the “numbers” are affected by the desperate attacks of a failing incumbent.

The latest “pressure” coming from the White House……

….just like Jack Ryan and anyone else that actually puts up a “FIGHT” against Obama (no, not you McCain you rolled over).

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120817/DA0N2QS04.html

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Barack Obama’s re-election campaign kept up pressure against Republican rival Mitt Romney on two fronts Friday, launching a new ad defending the president’s record on Medicare while challenging Romney to release at least five years of tax returns.

The TV advertisement – accusing Romney and running mate Paul Ryan of undermining the health care program critical to millions of seniors, came as Romney made plans to spend his time raising money in non-battleground states. That remains a top priority even with the election less than 12 weeks away and Obama making extended visits to toss-up states such as Iowa and Ohio.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina made the tax-disclosure offer to Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades in a letter Friday morning. Messina said he was taking the step because Romney “apparently fears the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide.”Romney’s wife, Ann, has repeatedly stated that concern in interviews, arguing that the more the couple releases, the more questions are asked.

Romney released his 2010 taxes and has pledged to release his 2011 returns. Messina said in letter that he wants Romney to provide three more years of returns.

Obama’s campaign has questioned whether there are years when Romney paid no taxes. Romney defended his record Thursday, saying he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade.

“I did go back and look at my taxes and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent,” Romney told reporters after he landed in South Carolina for a fundraising event Thursday. “I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that. So I paid taxes every single year.”

ROMNEY AD IDEA:
Obama talking about “transparency”……..and then asking for COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS, PASSPORT RECORDS, FAST AND FURIOUS, and then an ominous voice asking “Why the secrecy Mr. President?”

PappyD61 on August 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

But weren’t we told the timing was off? That naming Ryan to the ticket so early would mean two weeks of the media and Obama campaign savaging R&R over that evil Medicare provision in Ryan’s budget- which isn’t even the official position of the Romney Campaign?

Face it folks, this election defies the norms that the so-called experts are using to make their predictions. It holds true of the polling and even more so than the cadre of pundits who were raised to believe that any mention of Medicare was like garlic to a vampire, a silver bullet to a werewolf, or grooming to Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Something isn’t right. I’m actually looking forward to this election.

RDE2010 on August 17, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Probably because you’re looking forward to Obama’s concession speech as well as the reaction of the MSDNC crew when they have to announce Mitt Romney as the President-Elect. I still maintain that someone will commit career suicide on that network that night. Imagine an Olbermann-esque rant with Toure-type language. I guarantee you at least one of their anchors or analysts will give in to their anger.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

It accounts for a week that will take to bodily drag the jug-eared squatter out.

Archivarix on August 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Where do we sign up for that activity?

I will personally drive down to the White House on November 7th and drop off a load of boxes from the local grocery store so the Obama’s can start packing.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

The real countdown we need is the one until the last minute he can sign an executive order at noon on Inauguration Day.

The real danger?…………11/6/2012 to 1/21/13.

PappyD61 on August 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

The Ryan pick was kinda bold, but you want real audaciousness?

Obama staying with Biden–that’s bold.

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

There was a nice discussion on that yesterday. It turns out that after Hillary wisely refused to hitch herself to the humiliating loss that awaits Hussein Ogabe, there is no one else worth paying the price of replacement. So he’ll just grit his teeth and beg the presstitutes to quietly ignore his mate’s gaffes.

Archivarix on August 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

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?

When Paul Ryan came out on stage and raised his arms up THAT was a turning point in the campaign.

It’s as if he said “Let’s do this”………GAME ON.

PappyD61 on August 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM

presstitutes

Archivarix on August 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Wow. That’s gonna leave a mark.

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

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

Picking Ryan was very wise and a measure of the strength of our nominee. Continuing criticisms of Mitt as weak from supposed conservatives couldn’t Bmore clueless.

Basilsbest on August 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

And with Obama going back to the pathetic tax returns attack on Romney today, I don’t see him turning things around before the GOP convention.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Yup. Personally, I think Ann babbled a bit too much last night on 30 Rock in the NBC interview when asked about tax info. To make matters worse, Brian Williams announced next week the entire 1 hr show will be devoted to “Mormonism in America”….#DESPERATION.

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

the internals must have been strong for Ryan to accept the VP spot

kelley in virginia on August 17, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Probably because you’re looking forward to Obama’s concession speech as well as the reaction of the MSDNC crew when they have to announce Mitt Romney as the President-Elect. I still maintain that someone will commit career suicide on that network that night. Imagine an Olbermann-esque rant with Toure-type language. I guarantee you at least one of their anchors or analysts will give in to their anger.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I’m seriously concerned that they will purposefully incite riots. We’re going to hear about “voter suppression” from here til eternity because…OMG…voter i.d.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2012 at 9:05 AM

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120817/DA0N2QS04.html
Barry/Axelrod back to their old distraction.

bayview on August 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

To make matters worse, Brian Williams announced next week the entire 1 hr show will be devoted to “Mormonism in America”….#DESPERATION.

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Isn’t it past due time for Fox to come out with a cycle of shows about the spreading of Islam in Africa?..

Archivarix on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Brian Williams announced next week the entire 1 hr show will be devoted to “Mormonism in America”….#DESPERATION.

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Are you serious? That seems desperate to do 2 1/2 months before the election, but I guess they wanna hit Romney on that before the convention. The problem with attacking him on his Mormon faith(aside from the obvious religious bigotry) is that it invites comparisons to Obama’s faith which is still a source of confusion to many Americans who either don’t believe he’s Christian or actually think he’s a Muslim. Not to mention the fact that he sat in a racist, Marxist preacher’s church for 20 years.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Smells good!

Pork-Chop on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

If you’re on twitter, search for youdidntbuildthat. Some funny tweets with that hashtag!

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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

While you can’t get #s from the Mr. Transparency campaign, it would be nice to see your crackpot research staff pull social media change in #s on Obama’s side. Little change in traffic would suggest little disdain for Mr. Ryan and/or complete loss of confidence in Oblamer.

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The response to Romney/Ryan has been great to watch. They make a terrific team.

Meanwhile:

August 17, 2012
Biden sent home to Delaware to start weekend early

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/16/biden-sent-home-by-the-boss/#ixzz23oAznFsa

When compared to the Romney/Ryan team Obama/Biden appears to have some serious handicaps. There are a multitude of reasons beginning with a severe shortage of intellect, but the mere fact that Biden has to be kept on a leash puts more pressure on our delicate president….. awwwwwww……

This is going to be so much fun to watch.

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Let me tell you people something.I live in Ma.Mitt is really a strong steady person.
He was/is a Mormon running against a person named Shannon O’Brien in Ma. and had all the dems like Ted Kennedy John Kerry Bill &Hill Clinton in this state campaigning for O’brien and still won the governorship.
Then he had to try to govern to the right against the tide of a 85% dem legislature. And still did a decent job.
Some of his positions that would have everyone scream RINO! I think come from sort of a stockholm syndrome for self preservation.
Give the man a chance with at least a republican house I think he will be a fine President.

TSK9 on August 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

August 17, 2012
Biden sent home to Delaware to start weekend early

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Slow Joe Chained.

bayview on August 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Brian Williams announced next week the entire 1 hr show will be devoted to “Mormonism in America”….#DESPERATION.

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Are you serious? That seems desperate to do 2 1/2 months before the election, but I guess they wanna hit Romney on that before the convention.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I am as serious as the national debt. Mitt’s staff needs to get an interview with NBC and ask Brian when the history of Black Liberation Theology will be aired.

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I’m seriously concerned that they will purposefully incite riots. We’re going to hear about “voter suppression” from here til eternity because…OMG…voter i.d.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Kind of makes you wonder what the New Black Panthers owe Holder after he dismissed their 2008 crimes. I don’t think there’s anything too extreme for Holder when it comes to protecting his job.

BettyRuth on August 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The response to Romney/Ryan has been great to watch. They make a terrific team.

Meanwhile:

August 17, 2012
Biden sent home to Delaware to start weekend early

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

What’s odd is I could’ve sworn Biden was already being confined a week or two ago before he suddenly surfaced this week with his neverending string of gaffes. Why the Obama campaign thought sending him out there would help is beyond me. It’s not just the misstatements and offensive remarks that are hurting. It’s his bumbling idiocy in front of tiny crowds juxtaposed with Paul Ryan’s effective stump speeches before thousands of excited supporters that are making it look like all the momentum is with Romney.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

This is going to be so much fun to watch.

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Guilty pleasure though.

Watching the VP debate will be like watching that scene from “Saving Private Ryan” where the German soldier slowly drives a knife into the heart of the U.S soldier while whispering to him “Shhhh, it will be over soon”.

Bishop on August 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

It holds true of the polling and even more so than the cadre of pundits who were raised to believe that any mention of Medicare was like garlic to a vampire, a silver bullet to a werewolf, or grooming to Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

That was just mean spirited and uncalled for.

What have vampires and werewolves ever done to you?

VelvetElvis on August 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Paul ryan will do for Romney what Sarah Palin could have done for McCain had she had talent.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Are you serious? That seems desperate to do 2 1/2 months before the election, but I guess they wanna hit Romney on that before the convention.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

They probably figure if they start now and build upon it, it will give voters time to chew on it and get “good and scared” by November. I really despise all that is NBC.

BettyRuth on August 17, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Some of his positions that would have everyone scream RINO! I think come from sort of a stockholm syndrome for self preservation.
Give the man a chance with at least a republican house I think he will be a fine President.

TSK9 on August 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Let’s be honest here. On some social issues he is a RINO- or at least is unwilling to make a principled stand against the secular humanists and godless commies of the left (but I repeat myself).

Yet, there is clearly one choice in this election and it is not maintaining the status quo.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Paul Ryan will be speaking in my neighborhood today. My entire family is going. It’s the first political rally any of us has ever been to. My two teenage boys are pretty excited and I have to say, I’m pretty excited too.

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

August 17, 2012
Biden sent home to Delaware to start weekend early

Heh. It’s like he got sent to his room without dessert.
Or like going directly to jail & not passing GO in Monopoly.

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Brian Williams announced next week the entire 1 hr show will be devoted to “Mormonism in America”….#DESPERATION.

hillsoftx on August 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

During the Iraq surge I had the pleasure of working with a NG unit from Utah that was entirely Mormon.Great work ethic and in a year I never heard 1 cuss word if you can imagine that in a military unit.

docflash on August 17, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Paul Ryan will be speaking in my neighborhood today. My entire family is going. It’s the first political rally any of us has ever been to. My two teenage boys are pretty excited and I have to say, I’m pretty excited too.

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’m going too! It’s my second rally, if I count the tea party rally I went to 3 years ago.

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Works for me.

mchristian on August 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

“SHOW YOUR TAX RETURNS”….Obama. I swear, that is ALL he’s got. DESPERATE!

Winebabe on August 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I’ll give Rombo a chance; the man didn’t become as successful as he without being able to compromise and a GOP congress will have to be worked with. I don’t see Rombo being the at-all-costs destroyer that TFGRP has been.

Bishop on August 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120817/DA0N2QS04.html
Barry/Axelrod back to their old distraction.

bayview on August 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I think the Romneys just need to say that they’re not answering questions about their returns anymore, that they’ve released what they’re required to and their campaign is focusing on getting people back to work. Period. End of discussion. No need to delve into what the rate paid was per year, or say anything about it providing ammo to the Left…just say that you’re done with the topic. He also needs to continue to point out that it’s a distraction from the President’s miserable record, and ask the media why they’re doing his bidding by continuing to make it an issue, especially when they didn’t ask for squat from Obama when he ran in ’08.

changer1701 on August 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The Ryan pick was kinda bold, but you want real audaciousness?

Obama staying with Biden–that’s bold.

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

And like every Obama bold action so far… it’s also wrong.

dominigan on August 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM

“Paul ryan will do for Romney what Sarah Palin could have done for McCain had she had talent.”

Actually, the facts show that Palin did much more in terms of money raised and a polling bounce than Ryan.

But all that was wasted when the old fool suspended his campaign.

gumbyandpokey on August 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Romney released his 2010 taxes and has pledged to release his 2011 returns. Messina said in letter that he wants Romney to provide three more years of returns.

PappyD61 on August 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Messina can want , he is not gonna to get.
Romney will stick to releasing the two years, which is not much different from past practice.

Maybe Romney can add a one page statement from his accountants attesting to his paying at least 13% every year in the last 10 years, just like Barry did when asked about his medical record.

bayview on August 17, 2012 at 9:24 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

Go early and feel the vibe. I saw Dubya in Minneapolis back in 2004 and it was a great time just mixing and carousing with other people. A bunch of us rode our bikes down there, purposely parked on the street in front of the raving anti-Bush protestors and gunned the motors for a few minutes; those geeks had no chance against a dozen tuned Harleys.

Bishop on August 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I’m going too! It’s my second rally, if I count the tea party rally I went to 3 years ago.

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Come say hi to me! I’ll be the chick in the Mitt Romney shirt

;)

CookeyD on August 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

The article does imply that Biden’s campaign appearances have been limited. Guess they’re worried about him being such a loose cannon.
Can’t imagine what the next months will be like – watching a train wreck?

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/17/bidens-good-friend-donor-receives-20m-federal-loan/

Do not recall seeing this story anywhere in the MSM. Great job stimulus for the UK, Germany and the Ukraine.

But there is still a slight chance that the money will be paid back. Hynansky did not open up a GM dealership.

bayview on August 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Are you serious? That seems desperate to do 2 1/2 months before the election, but I guess they wanna hit Romney on that before the convention.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I guarantee he’s going to be asked about it during one of the debates. It’ll be a generalized faith question for both, but it’ll be designed to flesh him out on Mormonism.

changer1701 on August 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Come say hi to me! I’ll be the chick in the Mitt Romney shirt

;)

CookeyD on August 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I would love to – I’m a guy who’ll probably be wearing a red Nationals hat and a dark blue Tshirt. :)

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 9:29 AM

The real danger?…………11/6/2012 to 1/21/13.

PappyD61 on August 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Yep. That’s teh scary!

ladyingray on August 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Doughboy and we HAVE to point out the hypocrisy by word of mouth…..Mitt cannot do it.

Look all you need to say is….

“wait I thought faith was private….will someone in the media finally ask the President how he sat and listened to Jeremiah Wright preach hate for 20 years and didn’t hear a thing?”

The double standards are over if we are forceful, polite and pointed.

harlekwin15 on August 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

daveyandgoliath on August 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM

1. This isn’t 2008.

2. Ryan isn’t Palin.

3. Romney isn’t McCain.

4. O’bama’s no longer an unknown.

5. Mom says it’s time for your morning juice and cartoon.

6. F-

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Paul ryan will do for Romney what Sarah Palin could have done for McCain had she had talent.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Heh. She still lives in their heads, rent-free!

bofh on August 17, 2012 at 9:32 AM

“Count it!”

–crr6

search4truth on August 17, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Are you better off now than you were two years ago?

Absolutely.

crr6 on May 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Are you serious? That seems desperate to do 2 1/2 months before the election, but I guess they wanna hit Romney on that before the convention.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I guarantee he’s going to be asked about it during one of the debates. It’ll be a generalized faith question for both, but it’ll be designed to flesh him out on Mormonism.

changer1701 on August 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Romney was challenged about his faith in 2007, and he responded with an excellent speech: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16969460

This is another attempt to divide people – yet again. Then the liar-in-chief will assure us that he never attempts to be divisive.

It’s one of the few things they have left, and as in 2007 Romney is ready.

Cody1991 on August 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

81 bottles of beer on the wall
81 bottles of beer
November 6 the Democrats fall
80 more bottles of beer on the wall

ss396 on August 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Thank you, Jesus.

Naturally Curly on August 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Are you serious? That seems desperate to do 2 1/2 months before the election, but I guess they wanna hit Romney on that before the convention.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I guarantee he’s going to be asked about it during one of the debates. It’ll be a generalized faith question for both, but it’ll be designed to flesh him out on Mormonism.

changer1701 on August 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

And this scares you because? We boogyman Mormons believe in working hard, obeying the laws, live conservative family lives and other such things, and this scares you because why?

History? Might I remind you of all sorts of bogeyman idiot stuff in mainstream Christianity? That what we are taught on an abiding basis is to love others, even when they are idiots, (Okay so I am a more blunt one that comes out fighting on occasion) to let others worship as the many even when worshiping something goes to their xbox or computer games rather than a higher being or believing man made creeds over what is actually in the Bible. If you can deal with politicians often murky past how in heavens can’t you deal with a possible president who is Mormon? You guys really need to get a grip on being able to deal with others and different beliefs.
We Mormons have been doing that for almost a couple centuries now…we have even forgotten a couple of extermination orders out there in put out in a country that should have done better. So why cant’ you deal with what Mormonism IS rather than the bogeyman you THINK it is.

Noelie on August 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Paul Ryan will be speaking in my neighborhood today. My entire family is going. It’s the first political rally any of us has ever been to. My two teenage boys are pretty excited and I have to say, I’m pretty excited too.

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

SO jealous. Have a great time.

gophergirl on August 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

“SHOW YOUR TAX RETURNS”….Obama. I swear, that is ALL he’s got. DESPERATE!

Winebabe on August 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

It’s pathetic really.

gophergirl on August 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I will personally drive down to the White House on November 7th and drop off a load of boxes from the local grocery store so the Obama’s can start packing.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Need some help? It’s gonna take block and tackle to get Mooch out.

SteveInRTP on August 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Ryan is in Virginia today, correct? I’m hitting the road if I hear he’ll be within 200 miles of Asbury Park, NJ.

Let’s Roll!

Naturally Curly on August 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Because the week after next is the convention where you know Romney/Ryan will get a boost in the polls since they’ll be able to speak to the nation unfiltered…

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

They will also be able to start spending from the Presidential campaign funds. Romney hasn’t been able to do that, since he is not yet the official candidate. Considering how effective his ads and quick-response team were against the Obama smears (before he ran out of primary money and went quiet?), I expect the Romney/Ryan campaign to poll up in the stratosphere in very short order.

ss396 on August 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

(well, unless MSDNC adds a laugh track to their speeches).

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

That’s if they show it at all. CNN might cover it, two hours later.

Sterling Holobyte on August 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

The fact that the Dims are now talking again about Romney’s tax returns just shows that Mediscare at this time is not working and makes them look desperate in my opinion.

Erikimmigrant on August 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Ryan is in Virginia today, correct? I’m hitting the road if I hear he’ll be within 200 miles of Asbury Park, NJ.

Let’s Roll!

Naturally Curly on August 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

He is – here’s the address:

6100 Rolling Rd
Springfield, 22152

You’ll need to RSVP. Shouldn’t be too difficult to google the event page to do so. Come if you can!

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Need some help? It’s gonna take block and tackle to get Mooch out.

SteveInRTP on August 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM

We’ll need at least that to break her grip when it is time to leave.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

What is that address? WSHS?

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

What is that address? WSHS?

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Yep – West Springfield High School.

Suggestion for Hot Air:
How about starting a separate blog for readers to contribute reports from events, other sights, or other things related to the race? It would be moderated so that contributions stay on topic. If it works out well, it would be one place where readers can see what’s going on around the country, to see the enthusiasm of the folks on our side. I think it would be pretty cool.

22044 on August 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM

How did the Ryan pick work out?

Well, Obama is back in the lead in Rasmussen today, so if there was any bump, it’s already long gone.

gumbyandpokey on August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Paul ryan will do for Romney what Sarah Palin could have done for McCain had she had talent.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM

There’s only two concepts to worry about when you throw a Hail Mary:

1. the quarterback throws the ball into the end zone; and
2. the receiver does whatever it takes to catch it.

So if the QB never throws the d*mn ball, you wanna blame the WR for not catching it?

I love the Ryan pick, and I think we have a team that wants to win. And I think most Americans would rather earn a good paycheck with economic and religious freedom than be given a small government check without either. So why you gonna go back to the politics of division?

rwenger43 on August 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Paul ryan will do for Romney what Sarah Palin could have done for McCain had she had talent. rickyricardo on August 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Palin is not in the same class as Ryan, but she has lots of talent. No one could have propped up McLame.

Basilsbest on August 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Noelie on August 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Gee, Mormons are touchy, aren’t they?! I didn’t see in their posts where they were referring to Mormons as “boogeymen”. Seems like they were simply stating what the other side will be doing to try to demonize Romney.

Though I have issues with Mormonism myself, the fact is we are electing a president, not a bishop, “elder”, or “rider on the white horse”. Mormons would do well to remember that as well.

Sterling Holobyte on August 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

An excellent article at The American Spectator highlights the fact that Ryan is probably the most Reagan like candidate on the Republican ticket since Reagan. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what is causing leftist heads to explode.

NotCoach on August 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Probably because you’re looking forward to Obama’s concession speech as well as the reaction of the MSDNC crew when they have to announce Mitt Romney as the President-Elect. I still maintain that someone will commit career suicide on that network that night. Imagine an Olbermann-esque rant with Toure-type language. I guarantee you at least one of their anchors or analysts will give in to their anger.

Doughboy on August 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Actually I would imagine they would fail to report it like everything else. ;)

RDE2010 on August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Slow Joe Chained.

bayview on August 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Heh!!!!

Cool Hand Joe.

ted c on August 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

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