Representative John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, the minority leader, has praised Mr. Ryan but said the Roadmap would not be a part of the Republican agenda this fall.Republicans won that election, keeping their distance from Paul Ryan. A few months later, they changed their position and embraced his plan wholeheartedly, voting to end Medicare. And shortly after that, they lost NY26 for the first time since the Civil War, precisely because of the unpopularity of Ryan's plan. And now Mitt Romney has tapped him to be VP. F'ing brilliant. If you're David Axelrod.
“There are parts of it that are well done,” Mr. Boehner told reporters last month. “Other parts I have some doubts about, in terms of how good the policy is.”
5:43 AM PT: Romneyland seems to be pretty aggressive in saying that the Paul Ryan pick was made one week ago, August 3. Presumably they don't want the Ryan pick to be seen as something they did either in response to pressure from the right or as a result of Romney's rapidly weakening numbers.
5:46 AM PT:
Every voter should watch this video of Paul Ryan saying we're living right in the middle of an Ayn Rand novel. It is just weird.
5:48 AM PT: Bill Kristol, who urged Romney to pick Ryan, is giving a victory speech on Fox now, but he's careful to echo the Romney script that Romney had retroactively chosen Ryan before Kristol and conservatives urged Romney to make the selection.
5:52 AM PT: George Allen finished speaking a few minutes ago. Apparently Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Ultrasound) will introduce Romney and Ryan.