There is, I gather, lots of horse-race speculation: Itís a disaster! No, it changes the conversation away from Bain and those missing tax returns! I have no idea whoís right.
What I do know is that anyone who believes in Ryanís carefully cultivated image as a brave, honest policy wonk has been snookered. Mark Thoma reviews selected pieces Iíve written about Ryan; he is, in fact, a big fraud, who doesnít care at all about fiscal responsibility, and whose policy proposals are sloppy as well as dishonest. Of course, this means that heíll fit in to the Romney campaign just fine.
As I said, I have no idea how this will play politically. But it does look like a move from weakness, rather than strength; Romney obviously felt he needed a VP who will get people to stop talking about him.