The Ryan Bump: New Zogby Poll Shows Huge Boost for Romney in Swing States

Meet the other Ryan: the candidate’s wife, Janna, at The Deacon’s Bench.

According to a new poll by JZ Analytics, Mitt Romney has gotten a very definite  bump upwards with the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

The poll — the first survey conducted completely after Romney announced that Ryan was his vice presidential choice – shows the Romney/Ryan ticket tied with Obama/Biden at 46 percent.

But a JZ Analytics poll from a few weeks ago had Obama leading Romney by five percentage points, and most major polls also had Obama comfortably in the lead before the Ryan selection.

A CNN survey completed on Thursday, Aug. 9, had Obama up by seven points. A Fox poll on Aug. 9 had the president ahead by nine points, and a survey by Public Policy polling on Aug. 7 showed Obama with a six-point lead.

Clearly there is a Ryan bump,” pollster John Zogby, managing of JZ Analytics, told Newsmax. Significantly, the new poll shows the Romney/Ryan ticket with a substantial lead among voters in swing states, 49.1 percent to 41.2 percent.

You could say, Romney just “poll”-vaulted past the desperate and flailing Obama campaign.

Also, the Republican ticket garners 45.2 percent among independent voters, ahead of the Democratic ticket at 40.1. Obama led in an earlier poll of independents. That shows that the Ryan choice has not hurt the Republican ticket in this important demographic, and has actually helped.

What is also significant here, according to Zogby, is that the percentage of voters who say they are still undecided now stands at just 14.7 percent, compared to over 20 percent in an earlier Zogby poll.

Also, a Washington Post-ABC poll shows a 15 point bump for Paul Ryan’s favorability ratings.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan — the freshly minted Republican vice presidential candidate — got an immediate ratings boost in the wake of his selection as Mitt Romney’s running-mate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Little known nationally before Saturday’s announcement, favorable impressions of Ryan jumped 15 percentage points among the overall electorate with positive views soaring from 49 to 70 percent among conservative Republicans. In Wednesday through Friday interviews, fully 45 percent of Americans expressed no opinion of Ryan, dropping to 30 percent on Saturday and Sunday. The increasing familiarity all went to the positive side of the ledger, giving Ryan an initial advantage in the sprint to define his candidacy.


Prior to his selection, Ryan’s favorability rating among senior citizens was evenly split at 28/28.  It has now jumped to 46 percent favorable, 28 percent unfavorable.  This explains why Democrats are desperately rushing to distort Ryan’s plan in a bid to strike fear into the hearts of elderly voters.

The Democratic  media complex will need to work overtime to make a villain out of the affable Paul Ryan, but they are on it, baby.

David Brock, head of the progressive, left-wing media “watchdog” group Media Matters, has released an opposition research book on Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan through Brock’s super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.

Brock’s American Bridge super PAC is also tied to Bill Burton’s super PAC, Priorities USA. As you may recall, Priorities USA recently ran an ad accusing Mitt Romney of killing Joe Soptic’s wife, a claim also tied directly to the Obama campaign.  Due to initial lackluster fundraising by both Brock’s and Burton’s super PACs, they combined to form American Priorities Joint Fundraising Committee.  Obama’s super PACs have no problem getting into the campaign mud.

Be on alert when Brock’s “research” hits the mainstream media on TV, internet, and print journalism. The Daily Caller revealed back in February a list of media figures eager to get Brock’s message out to the public under the guise of “news.”

Use Freedomworks‘ indispensable “roadmap” resources to combat the lies:

We’ve compiled this list of links to help activists, bloggers, and journalists learn more about the policy vision of Paul Ryan, the young conservative and legislative entrepreneur whom Mitt Romney has chosen as his running mate.

The three basic iterations of the Roadmap are presented in reverse chronological order, from newest to oldest.


Twitchy: #PaulRyanAttacks: What will Obama and the Left try next? Hilarity ensues:

JWF: Email Panic From Democrats: ‘Disturbing Report’ of Overflow Crowds at Romney/Ryan Events

Twitchy: #RomneyRyanEconomics bus tour fail in photos; kicks off with liar Wasserman Schultz lying about Ryan:

Oh, dear. The DNC is trying the pitiful “bus tours” again. Last week Dems parked their bus in front of RNC headquarters, blocking food trucks from setting up shop where they normally operate. This week, they are adding lying liar Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the mix. And, of course, she kicks it off with another whopper of a lie.

Hat tip: Charles B.

House Oversight Committee Files Contempt Lawsuit against Holder

Following through on their promise, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has filed a contempt of Congress lawsuit against embattled Attorney General Eric Holder.

The move comes after the House in June voted to hold Holder in contempt over the department’s response to inquiries into Operation Fast and Furious.

The civil court case was expected, as congressional Republicans anticipated they would have to take their case to a judge to try and compel the Obama administration to turn over documents pertaining to the failed anti-gunrunning program. Shortly before the House voted for contempt, President Obama locked down key documents by claiming executive privilege.

That decision is expected to be challenged in the court case.

Drip, drip, drip….

Issa told NBC, last week, “We will expect a day in court before a federal judge, which we have a 100 percent chance that the judge will hold that these documents should be delivered.”

The lawsuit will be reviewed by a judge who will assess whether Holder has an obligation to comply with a 22-part Congressional subpoena that was issue in October 2011. The judge will also review whether President Obama’s assertion of executive privilige surrounding Fast and Furious documents was warranted.

“The idea that you would withhold based on some executive privilege the documents related to a cover up of a crime is absurd, but that’s the claim that the attorney general is hiding behind,” Issa said.

“We’re seeking a remedy and the remedy is an order to compel,” Issa said. “Nixon didn’t respond to Congress, he responded to federal judges, ultimately the Supreme Court, ordering that he had no such privilege to cover up the tapes. And these are no different than the Nixon tapes, we’re asking for documents related to a cover up of lying to Congress.”

Fox reports predictable wagon-circling behavior from Democrats:

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, released a brief statement Monday chastising his GOP colleagues over the suit.

“It seems clear that House Republican leaders do not want to resolve the contempt issue and prefer to generate unnecessary conflict with the administration as the election nears,” Cummings said. “Unfortunately, the American public suffers as House Republicans disregard the real work that needs to be done.”


Twitchy: Despicable: Left cries racism, spews bile at Darrell Issa for plans to file suit against Eric Holder:

Operation Fast and Furious put thousands of guns into the hands of drug cartels in Mexico. Hundreds of Mexicans, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata are dead, and Holder’s contemptible stonewalling has prevented Congress from conducting a complete inquiry.

But in liberal fantasy land — where the Left always retreats when faced with the truth  – Eric Holder is the unimpeachable attorney general with a heart of gold. His refusal to cooperate is a non-issue and Rep. Issa, a stalwart fighter for justice and accountability, is the real problem.

NRA Videos’ Ginny Simone interviewed AZ Rep Paul Gosar about the lawsuit, last week:

And Cam Edwards had an interesting discussion with Rep Blake Farenthold (R-TX), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, about the lawsuit.