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  •  Sooo....what does Romney losing WI (1+ / 0-)
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    Do to Paul Ryan's future.  I've vacillated back and forth between the obvious view that people don't vote for VP, but the fact Ryan couldn't put WI in play even to me is not a great sign.  

    There's not going to be a Gubernatorial/Senate seat he could win until 2016 (if Johnson retires for some unknown reason) or 2018 (when Walker's 2nd term, god forbid, would be up).

    I'm beginning to think he's a skinny, less relevant Newt Gingrich; he'll be in the house and a prominent voice there, but mostly will be meaningless in the grabnd scheme of things.

    "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

    by rdw72777 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 06:30:13 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think losing WI will mean anything for him (2+ / 0-)
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      but his overall experience as the VP nominee cuts both ways for him.  Obviously it gives him greater gravitas even if he ends up on a losing ticket.  

      But I don't think the way he has conducted himself on the campaign trail is going to do him many favors.  He has hurt his image as a wonk.  He's been evasive and has spoken in sound bites, refusing to explain the details of the relevant policy proposals.  Then again, I'm not sure that matters in GOP circles.  He will probably be in the conversation for the 2016 nomination.

      White Male, 36, New FL-14 (Castor), proud father of a 4-year-old daughter. "Who let the dogs out? Who? Who?" - Mitt Romney, MLK Day 2008.

      by spiderdem on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 06:34:50 AM PDT

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    •  I think a narrative (0+ / 0-)

      You're going to see a lot on the right and in the political media is that Ryan wasn't ready for prime time. I remember a couple days after Ryan was picked John Nichols said that Paul Ryan's district doesn't include a single major media market and his dominance in it has basically been a lot of smoke and mirrors.

      I do anticipate that there will be a lot of excuse making for him saying that if he had an opportunity to craft a campaign around him and got a year of campaigning that he would be able to smooth out the rough edges.

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