Following the national news of the day, some of the interesting items said and learned about Paul Ryan and the state of the election.

“If the ticket was a new home, envision Governor Romney painting the outside of the house and Paul Ryan painting all the rooms, inside, which are the details that the new buyers fall in love with.”
– Brad Dayspring, former top aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), as told to BuzzFeed.

Mr. Ryan is the most conservative Republican member of Congress to be picked for the vice-presidential slot since at least 1900. He is also more conservative than any Democratic nominee was liberal, meaning that he is the furthest from the center. (The statistic does not provide scores for governors and other vice-presidential nominees who never served in Congress.)”

Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate EPA Limits On Greenhouse Pollution.

Paul Ryan Voted To Block The USDA From Preparing For Climate Change.

Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate White House Climate Advisers.
Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate ARPA-E.

— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) August 11, 2012

“The choice is a sort of highly leveraged credit-default swap between the Romney campaign and the party base. Romney’s whole campaign might be an impenetrable framework of lies and fraud, but if it goes bust he just bought a AAA-rated security with the base. Like a prudent manager of a global fortune, he’s covered his worst case scenario and provided an out in case of non-performance.”

– Anonymous comment

— Andrea Saul (@andreamsaul) August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan Reading Guide: The Best Reporting on the VP Candidate

[UPDATE 11 August 2012, 15:16 p.m. PST]

News of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s (@MittRomney) selection of Paul Ryan (@PaulRyanVP) as his running mate spread quickly on Twitter. The conversation peaked at 3,749 Tweets per minute at 9:29 am EDT this morning as Ryan took the stage at a rally in Norfolk, Virginia.

Both Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) tend to perform better in the Index than the candidates at the top of the ticket. But while President Obama (@BarackObama) has generally scored more positively than Governor Romney over the past six weeks, Ryan has most recently generated more positive sentiment than Biden.


“Now would be a good time for that app to go off,” tweeted Ethan Klapper, social media editor at Huffington Post.

IB Times

The overnight vetting of Paul Ryan.From August, 2010, the Times’ “A Young Republican With a Sweeping Agenda”

From August of this year, Ryan Lizza’s “Fussbudget”

Lizza also shares this photo from Ryan’s high school yearbook, in which Ryan was named “biggest brown-noser.”

Paul Ryan’s classmates vote him “Biggest ‘Brown-Noser.’”…

— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 11, 2012

Here’s Ryan on C-SPAN in 1998, when he first joined Congress.

Here’s his big ol’ house in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Paul Ryan has a nice house here in Janesville

— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) August 11, 2012

Some other notes:

First prez election with no military vet on either ticket since 1932.

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) August 11, 2012

Last year we found Florida voters opposed Ryan plan by 16 points, North Carolina voters opposed it by 23

— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) August 11, 2012

Some early analysis of the pick from Lizza and The Atlantic’s James Fallows (who is not a fan).

The best early analysis is Ezra Klein’s “Seven Thoughts on Ryan”.

But if you’re looking for detail, here is a 290-page opposition research book on Ryan, released by a Super PAC.

Undoubtedly, more to come.

– @pbump