“I’m hearing lots of anxiety and watching lots of email traffic from pollsters and consultants expressing concern — not that we can’t do this but that we need to be on major offense because this will be used here in the extreme.”So ... Ryan's plan is so unpopular that the best way to handle the threat of Romney becoming associated with it in voters' minds is to make Ryan his vice-presidential pick? Say what, now? I think maybe the person who admitted there was anxiety was being a little more truthful.
David Johnson, a Florida Republican strategist, emphasized the need for urgency on explaining Ryan’s proposal.
“Since the Democrats and Obama have been pounding it already, perhaps having the face of Ryan talking about what it really does is the plus here,” said Johnson. “But the sale and his reception in the first weeks is of course important.”
Also, in addition to how compelling they're expecting Ryan to be as he tries to persuade voters that his plan to end Medicare as we know it isn't really a plan to end Medicare as we know it, Republicans are expecting to get boosts with any number of other groups: Catholics, Midwesterners, Midwestern Catholics, and ... young people. Yes, young people:
“He’s a good salesman to the under-30 crowd and a risk with seniors,” is how former Virginia Republican congressman Tom Davis, who possesses an encyclopedic mind for politics, put it, noting that Ryan’s “youthful earnestness will have an independent appeal.”Because nothing appeals to young people and their parents like a candidate who wants to cut Pell Grants for a million students and increase student loan interest.
A senior Romney adviser said that Ryan, a Gen-Xer, could help them spotlight the economic difficulties of young voters, potentially appealing to both the post-college crowd but also their parents.
Who are they trying to talk into believing this stuff—themselves, or us?