Romney tabs Paul Ryan as his VP

Woke up a few minutes ago, checked the blog and saw that Stacy McCain had linked with news of the #hashtag that changed the world.

Everybody I talked to last Friday night at the Americans for Prosperity Summit — Aug. 3, at the terrace bar of the Washington Hilton —  said it was going to be Tim Pawlenty.

That inspired a sort of panic: “Good Lord, not T-Paw!”  When I heard that Marco Rubio had been eliminated due to “vetting” issues, I started an all-out push for Paul Ryan. One of the first people I spoke to was Suhail Khan of Americans for Tax Reform who told me, “Ryan vets. The worst thing they could come up with was that he worked as a bartender at Tortilla Coast when he first came to D.C.”

That clinched it. Driving home from the AFP Summit Saturday afternoon, I called Ali Akbar, who quickly minted the #GiveUsRyanhashtag, and I pulled off the highway to stop at a Burger King and write that “emergency” post, which was linked by Jackie WellfonderDaley GatorRoderic Deane and Troglopundit, among others.

Somehow I take great pleasure in linking MSNBS and their announcement. Mainly be cause, let’s face it, the heads of Maddow, Schultz, Sahrpton, O’Donnell, Matthews, and the rest will be exploding. I can see them now, hyperventilating, possibly foaming at the mouth, as they look for ways to demonize Ryan.

Mitt Romney’s campaign has announced that the presumptive GOP nominee has chosen House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.  The two candidates will appear together at a campaign event in Norfolk, VA Saturday morning.

The official announcement will be in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin — which just happens to be Ryan’s home state.

After three sources close to the Romney campaign indicated to NBC News late Friday night that Ryan would be the pick, the Romney camp issued a press release just after 7:00 am ET, stating: “Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan: America’s Comeback Team.” Around the same time, the campaign’s “VP app” also announced that Ryan would be the choice.

The Romney campaign billed the ticket “America’s comeback team” in the release announcing the decision, saying that Ryan “has worked tirelessly leading the effort to reign in federal spending and increase accountability to taxpayers.”

With recent national polls showing Romney trailing President Barack Obama, Ryan is a bold pick. He will excite economic conservatives, and is considered one of his party’s rising stars.

I know the news will hit Chris “Crazy Legs” Matthews the hardest. I can see him now, cursing his legs for not having any more Obamagasms, curled up in the fetal position, a life-sized Obama blow up doll cradled in his arms. I tell you this folks, if MSNBS was the Tree of Low-Hanging Blogging Fruit BEFORE the Ryan pick, can you imagine what it will be now.

UPDATE! Women who are not Debbie Wasserman Schultz are really excited about Ryan, Jill is seeing fireworks!

Rio Norte reminds us why Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not exactly orgasmic over the Ryan pick

Rio also has this great video of Ryan explaining the folly of examining intent, rather than results.

Great pick Mitt! For those who are afraid of the “bold” pick William Jacobson says fear not!

The left already is going crazy, but that would have happened regardless of who the Veep nominee was; only the details of the outrage would have differed.

Exactly right! The GOP ought to understand this by now. I hope that this serves to remind the establishment that they do not have to fear well articulated Conservatism. In fact they should embrace it.

Ryan puts the national debt front and center in the election, on par with or maybe even ahead of jobs. This is a winner of an issue, it’s what motivated people in 2010, and it will cause huge turnout for Romney-Ryan.  Fear not.

Bill Quick is not among those enthused by the Ryan pick.

He should stay where he is, where he has significant influence, and can actually do something toward making needed changes, rather than leaving his real power base for the bucket of warm piss that is the Vice Presidency. Not to mention giving the Obama campaign a perfect opportunity to shift the entire focus of the campaign from Obama’s horrendous economic (and other) failures to the usual “The GOP is going to kill millions of old people, women, and children, with their spending cuts to benefit the rich.”

Fair point, but, I would argue that Team Obama is going to do that regardless. The question then is does Ryan’s record add any legitimacy to that line of attack? We will see. My personal view is that the only folks who will buy Obama’s BS are already voting for him. 

5 thoughts on “Romney tabs Paul Ryan as his VP”

  1. Stacy’s deluding himself about having influenced Romney’s pick. Romney told his staff on Aug. 1 that he’d picked Ryan. Stacy created his “emergency” hashtag campaign three days later. Ignorance is bliss.

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