Ryan-Mania: The First Romney/Ryan Ad Appears Online + All The Latest Dish

Veep CCW?! #FTW! Via @adamsbaldwin

The first Romney/Ryan ad has appeared online via  .

Paul Ryan: A reformer. A visionary. Ready to lead.
It’s time for a president and vice president who believe in America.
It’s time for America’s Comeback Team.

The ad plays up the stark contrast between Ryan and our current esteemed Vice President.

The Right Scoop has FULL RADIO INTERVIEW Mark Levin says Paul Ryan was a great VP pick by Romney. Levin, like  Bill Kristol, and Charles Krauthammer, has long been an admirer of the wonkish Budget Chairman.

Mark Levin was on WMAL today with Derek Hunter for an interview and Levin said that he is very happy with the choice of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential nominee. But had a lot more to say about this election and the media, notably that we are paying too much attention to what the left is going to say or do – that we just need to cream them. Levin says instead of talking about what they are going to say, why don’t we just let them say it.

Listen to the interview at the link.

Lonely Conservative notes that the  polling data isn’t showing Paul Ryan to be unpopular with seniors – quite the contrary, in fact.

Hot Air highlighted a Rasmussen poll from a month or so ago that had some interesting findings. One of them is that the Democrats’ claims that Ryan would “throw grandma over a cliff” meme didn’t work. Ryan happens to be pretty popular with American seniors.

For even more counterintuitive results, look at Ryan’s standing among seniors.  Despite the attacks on Ryan over his budget plan, he’s easily the most liked of the short-listers among likely voters 65 years of age and over, with a 52/29 favorability rating.  His “very favorable” rating of 31% in the 65+ group is more than 10 points better than the other shortlisters in the Rasmussen survey (again, save Rice).  Jindal did well, too, with a 44/28, as did Pawlenty with a 40/30 and Portman at 37/26, but Ryan’s draw among seniors outpaced all of them.   Ryan has plenty of room to be defined in either direction with 35% of voters overall not having an opinion, but that’s only true of 20% of seniors — and Ryan already has a majority of them on his side.

Commenter Florah Duh reminds me that seniors actually liked Ryan’s plan best, according to a Gallup poll in 2011: (Read More)

This is something I’ve been noticing; (as I mentioned in a recent comment, but didn’t have the data to back it up.) Seniors in recent years, have not been as susceptible to left-wing demagoguery as they have in the past. I first noticed the shift with the advent of the tea party. Most understand that we are on an unsustainable path, and many of those seniors are not going to be won over by disingenuous flim flam artists promising them the moon if they only vote for them.

Ryan appeals to younger voters, too, Business Insider reports:

Though President Barack Obama has a 6-point lead in Wisconsin over Romney, Ryan narrows the gap to a statistical dead heat in the crucial state.

Here’s an even more surprising finding: the 42-year-old Ryan could help Romney win the youth vote, at least in Wisconsin.

PPP found that a Romney-Ryan ticket would actually win the 18-to-45 age group in Wisconsin over an Obama-Biden ticket. This is the first poll that has found that Ryan would have a substantial effect on the youth vote.

This  Drudge poll is showing an impressive amount of approval for Mitt’s decision. It looks like Republicans are pretty stoked.
YES  82.62%  (421,000 votes)  


NO  10.03%  (51,112 votes)  


NOT SURE  7.34%  (37,420 votes)  


Total Votes: 509,532

RS McCain certainly seems pleased: Secret Service Code Name: ‘Dreamy’:

MANASSAS, Virginia — Just left a Romney-Ryan rally in downtown Manassas. The crowd was huge, numbering in the thousands. Other reporters kept trying to make an estimate of the numbers, and all I could say was, “overflow.”

The crowd filled the pavillion and overflowed off in every direction. People stood in line for blocks in the hot August sun, and there were still people in line at the metal detectors when the rally started. Smitty was there with his video camera and I managed to get a few photos myself.

The next polls you see out of Virginia . . . Well, look, the “gender gap” will evaporate instantly now that Paul Ryan’s on the ticket. Trust me on this — chicks dig him. It was like Sinatra with a crowd of bobby soxers at the Paramount in 1944. Elvis at the Overton Park bandshell in Memphis in 1956. Total swoonsville.

Read McCain’s full report, along with Hitler’s reaction to the news, at the link.

Lee Doren explains why he’s pleased with Mitt’s decision – he wants to have the mediscare debate:

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on Greta Van Susteren, 8/11/2012: Obama Campaign Is “Hatred and Division”:


Paul Rahe, Ricochet: Landslide on the Horizon:

If Romney wants to win really, really big, there are three things that he needs to do. First, he needs to tie his argument for paring back the administrative entitlements state back to first principles – back to the origins and purpose of government – and he needs to assert the necessity to return to limited government. What I am saying here is that he needs to occupy the moral high ground, to defend free enterprise not only as efficient but as right and just, and to criticize “spreading the wealth around” and taking from Peter to pay Paul as shameful and unjust. Politics is ultimately about justice, and justice should be his theme.

Second, he needs to force Obama to make errors. To this end, he needs to get under the President’s skin. He did this to Newt Gingrich in Florida, and it worked like a charm. Obama is even vainer than Newt, and he cannot stand mockery. Moreover, he hates Romney with all the resentment that phony intellectuals ordinarily harbor for successful businessmen. The gentler the mockery in this case, the lighter the touch, the more devastating it will be. Romney’s theme should be that the poor fellow is just not up to the job and that he should be left free to spend all of his time doing what he really enjoys — playing golf. The SuperPACs may be able to carry the ball on this.

Third, when the debates come, he should do a Newt Gingrich. When one of the pundits asks a really stupid question that is of interest only to the credentialed elite (and this is inevitable), he should disembowel the man, asking him how he could waste the time of the American people on a matter of this sort when we are on the verge of a second recession and millions are looking for work. In the debates, the trick is to show strength – and nothing shows strength like a dramatic gesture of this sort. He might even find an opportunity to do this to Obama himself. It would be a knock-out blow. At some point, Romney needs to set aside his natural caution and timidity and go for the jugular.

In the meantime, you should not be afraid. This is going to be fun, and our margin of victory is going to be large.

Zilla of the Resistance: Exciting!!! #RomneyRyan2012 #TCOT

Teresa’s reaction at Koch’s Tour: Paul Ryan is the GOP’S New VP Candidate

A Must read by Stanley Kurtz at National Review: Two Tickets: Two Americas

The Jawa Report: Be Still My Heart: VP Nominee Ryan a Bow Hunter:

The obligatory comparison:

Hat tip: Charles B

Linked by Doug Ross, and Daily Pundit, thanks!

Saturday Movie Matinee: Paul Ryan – He Gave up Fear For Lent – Updated With Ryan’s Full Acceptance Speech

So it’s official, Paul Ryan is Romney’s running mate, setting up bruising battle over the federal budget:

Ending four months of speculation and mystery, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday chose House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

Romney announced the pick in Norfolk, Va., the first stop on a four-day campaign bus tour through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio, all swing states that President Barack Obama won in 2008. Standing in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin, Ryan vowed that he and Romney “won’t duck on the issues…we will lead.”

“We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility,” Ryan said in a veiled dig at Obama. “We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them.”

Romney verbally stumbled when formally announcing his choice to the large, flag-waving crowd that assembled at the large battleship, initially calling Ryan the next president of the United States.

“Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake,” Romney said, interrupting the start of Ryan’s acceptance speech. “I did not make a mistake with this guy.”

: Romney introduces Paul Ryan as V.P. choice:

Ryan’s full speech via The Washington Free Beacon:

Gloria Borger reviewed  Paul Ryan’s background on CNN, saying he’s known as a nice guy, well liked on both sides. And he “gave up fear for Lent”:

When Paul Ryan schooled Obama at the Health Care Summit at Blair House, Feb 26, 2010, turning what was supposed to be a PR disaster for Republicans into a triumph, that was the moment I looked at this guy and said –oh my — This just may be the man who be able to will lead us out of this mess.

From Erick Erickson at Red State:

Many Republicans thought that after the President overshadowed the GOP at their Baltimore retreat last month, going to Blair House yesterday would just be another PR disaster.
It was anything but.
The GOP won the day so convincingly that even the traditional media had to praise the party for talking issues.

For those who didn’t see this portion, which came in the afternoon session, Ryan launched a full on assault on the bill more or less talking about how the bill will greatly increase the deficit which is something the Dems have lied about time and time again. Additionally he hits on the fact that medicare is broke, how this bill will hurt seniors as well as future generations, and quoting a budget chairman who said this bill was a “ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud”.

Watch Obama’s body language throughout this:

Paul Ryan’s impassioned speech on the House floor, the night ObamaCare passed:

When Paul Ryan debated Debbie Wasserman Shultz on CNN about the budget, he delivered a bit of a smackdown as he lamented the lack of an adult level conversation in the House, as typified by Wasserman Shultz.

Watch Ryan’s demeanor toward poor, ditzy Debbie:

The Best of Paul Ryan:

Via John Brodigan: Roadmap to My Heart:



Michelle Malkin, Romney/Ryan 2012: This is what “FORWARD” really looks like.

Washington Free Beacon: Five Best Paul Ryan Speeches

The Other McCain: New Democrat Campaign Message: Grandma, Cliff, Some Assembly Required

Byron York, DC Examiner:  Romney goes bold

Washington Times: Obama and Ryan have tangled repeatedly

Ace has the (still untitled) Pic of the day, here, and Cool Facts About Paul Ryan

Team Romney: America Deserves Better:

President Obama cannot run on his record, so he is committed to tearing down Mitt Romney. His campaign tried to use the tragedy of a woman’s death for political gain. Then, his top campaign aides were caught lying about it. Doesn’t America deserve better than a president who will do anything to stay in power?

American Crossroads: “Cancer”

Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty: Obama is crude, rude, and not very shrewd. We’re screwed!

PJTV Trifecta: Dirty Harry: Senate Majority Leader Undermines the Republic:

Harry Reid has sunk to a new low. The Senate Majority leader has accused Mitt Romney of not paying taxes for the last ten years, even though he has no facts to prove his claim. Has all the dignity gone out of American politics? Trifecta wonders if this incident is reminiscent of the corruption prior to the fall of Rome.

PJTV Trifecta: Is the US Military Preparing To Quell the Tea Party?:

Army colonel ignites firestorm with article on crushing a ‘tea party insurgency’

Outrage:  “Public enemy #1 of the faith”  has been given the honor of an invitation to the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a  New York Catholic charity event.

NY Times: Bishop Dolan Will Let Obama and Romney Joke It Up at the Al Smith Dinner:

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have been up in arms about various policies of President Obama, including his support for same-sex marriage and his insistence that employer health insurance cover contraception.

But the nation’s top bishop, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, signaled on Tuesday that he was willing to share at least one night of joking and camaraderie with the Democratic president, despite their differences.

The Archdiocese of New York confirmed that both Mr. Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, had accepted an invitation to speak on Oct. 18 at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a glittering New York Catholic charity event that has served for more than six decades as a lighthearted pit stop for presidential candidates in the weeks before national elections.

Michael Voris of The Vortex has a few words to say on: Inviting Obama to Dinner:

“Why do we want to take a break from the struggle so we can hobnob with the man who wants to strangle the church?”