We didn't know very much about him - his possibilities of clearing the hurdles to become the #2 man on the Republican presidential ticket were greatly overshadowed by speculation involving more high profile politicals like Condi Rice.
He's burst onto the scene with the same sudden thrust the Beatles enjoyed when they "appeared" on the american music scene so many years ago. They're calling him a "gamechanger."
Back in the Spring, Youngblogger Alex Gordon saw the (Paul Ryan) handwriting on the political wall when he wrote "The comfortable ground would appear to be someone like Paul Ryan, Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty – well enough involved in politics to avoid embarrassing mistakes, but brave enough to have made the moves needed to motivate an altogether drowsy base mostly motivated by an opposition to democratic policies."
Personally, I would rather see Paul Ryan vs. Barack Obama. I still think Mittens Romney is a "weak kitten" politically, but hey, who knows, Ryan could propel the Mittster and become a "little engine that could" - and those gas prices and corn prices and drought excuses and oil refinery fires will topple Obama all by themselves if things get wild and wooly enough - it is NOT President Obama's fault, but the pocketbook (especially in these dismal days) is where the American voter can be reached. (Young voters too - ask any kid with a $100,000 student loan hanging over his head when he graduates)!
Ryan is getting "rave reviews" - look at POLITICO ::: "The conservative blogosphere on Saturday went wild for Paul Ryan on the GOP ticket, illustrating the base-appealing advantage of the choice, with commentators calling him “exciting,” “intelligent” and a person of “decency.”"
Michelle Malkin blogs "Paul Ryan is fresh, young, energetic, smart, courageous, and ready for prime time." She says Ryan is the Right Decision, to which I add:
Besides being “the right decision” it is the RIGHT TIME for this decision: it shores up Romney immediately, adds abundant energy to the ticket, and with those higher food and gas prices and unemployment numbers blowing in the wind, methinks my fellow Americans both GOP and Dem will look in their wallets before casting votes. I have a feeling if Romney-Ryan win, they WILL thank us all by delivering us from financial hell.
Having typed that, I believe that if elected, Barack Obama will seize the opportunity of a "second chance and a second wind" to put HIS foot down to put a stop to all the financial madness. Have you counted the gray hairs on that poor man's head? They're all recent additions...
And never fear, there are some who will display "the race card" - and some who already have done so:
Dave Rubin @RubinReport
Looks like Paul Ryan for Romney’s VP. This will he the whitest ticket since the KKK voted for their box social chairperson. #Veepstake
MoveOn.org is concerned as well ::: "Paul Ryan isn't just a extremist—he's young, smart, and charming. The media constantly describe him as looking like "the boy next door." He's the ultimate wolf in sheep's clothing."