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4:40 PM ET, August 11, 2012


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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney will name Paul Ryan as his VP.  Here's what that means.  —  1. Both Democrats and conservatives are going to get the exact debate they wanted.  I'm not so sure about Republicans.  —  2. This is an admission of fear from the Romney campaign.  You don't make a risky pick …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Risky Rationale Behind Romney's Choice of Ryan  —  When is it rational to take a big risk?  —  When the status quo wasn't proceeding in a way that you felt was favorable.  When you have less to lose.  When you needed — pardon the cliché, but it's appropriate here — a “game change”.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan  —  Mitt Romney has picked as his running mate 42 year-old Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the architect of the GOP budget, which the New York Times has described as “the most extreme budget plan passed by a house of Congress in modern times.”
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Paul Ryan  —  Leave it to Willard Romney, international man of principle, to get himself bullied into being bold and independent.  —  Make no mistake.  In his decision to make Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, his running mate, Romney finally surrendered …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Paul Ryan: A Good Choice, but Please, Not a ‘Serious’ One  —  I think the choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate is a good one for the country.  It makes the race “about” something, beyond just being a negative referendum on how the economy is going under Obama.
William Saletan / Slate:
Why I Love Paul Ryan  —  He's what a Republican should be: an honest, open-minded, solution-oriented fiscal conservative.  —  A wonderful thing has happened for this country.  Paul Ryan will be the Republican nominee for vice president.  —  Ryan is a real fiscal conservative.
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Why Ryan?  —  U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)  (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)  —  Mitt Romney is a famously cautious man, very alert to downside risks.  Yet by selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate (assuming the late-night reports are indeed correct) Romney has taken an awesome ideological gamble.
Discussion: Gothamist and Spectator
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Michael Tomasky on Romney's Stunning, Terrible Choice of Ryan for VP  —  So much for Romney making a pick that says something about his own views (whatever they are).  Instead, he feared what Bill Kristol might say and buckled under.  As always.  —  Paul Ryan?  Really?  It's a stunning choice.
Romney camp prepares Medicare defense after Ryan pick  —  Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - With Paul Ryan's controversial entitlement reform plan certain to take center stage in the presidential campaign now that the Wisconsin congressman has been tapped as Mitt Romney's running mate …
Major Garrett /
Obama Team Salivates Over Ryan Pick  —  The president's campaign sees the Romney-Ryan ticket as a partner on the Obama road to victory.  —  Whether it's true or not, senior advisers to President Obama's re-election campaign believed, long before presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney picked Wisconsin
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Just One Reason to Pick Ryan: Blame the Loss on Conservatives  —  There are two ways to think about Romney's selection of Paul Ryan this morning.  The first is how it affects Romney's prospects for winning in November.  The second is how it affects the internal struggle between conservatives and moderates within the GOP.
Weekly Standard:
Romney Prepares to Pick Ryan  —  Elm Grove, Wisc.  & Washington, D.C.  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that the Romney campaign has begun to prepare a vigorous effort in support of Paul Ryan if he is selected as Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick—something now likely to happen soon.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Picks Paul Ryan of Wisconsin  —  WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has chosen Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate and will introduce him on Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., the campaign said, a selection that shakes up the presidential race and presents a Republican ticket …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Paul Ryan Is Not a Vice President. Paul Ryan Is a Fake.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama had similar ‘next president’ gaffe at Biden roll-out
Discussion: News Desk, Wake up America and NPR
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden calls Ryan to offer congratulations, welcome him to race
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Pick Ensures Different Kind of Race
Discussion: Instapundit and The PJ Tatler
Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan as running mate
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Exclusive: How Romney chose his running mate
Discussion: Ballot Box
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan Sponsored Fetal Personhood Bill, Opposes Family Planning Funds
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Looks Like Ryan: Mitt's Pick
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
The Angel and Devil in Paul Ryan
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Paul Ryan Delivers Remarks In Norfolk, Virginia
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politicker
Romney to announce running mate Saturday morning
Discussion: Politico and The Volokh Conspiracy
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney names Paul Ryan his No. 2
Discussion: Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick, setting up stark choice on budget issues
Discussion: American Prospect, NPR and alicublog
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Republican House, Senate leaders praise Romney, Ryan presidential ticket
Discussion: Politico
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
CNN's Candy Crowley Claims Some GOPers Think Ryan Pick ‘Some Sort of Ticket Death Wish’  —  As NewsBusters has been noting all Saturday morning, now that Paul Ryan has been chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate, the goal of the Obama-loving media is to rip him to shreds.
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