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The Case for Paul Ryan
(from: Political Wire @ August 9, 2012, 08:21 AM)

The Wall Street Journal editorial page says Mitt Romney should pick Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

"Too risky, goes the Beltway chorus. His selection would make Medicare and the House budget the issue, not the economy. The 42-year-old is too young, too wonky, too, you know, serious. Beneath it all you can hear the murmurs of the ultimate Washington insult--that Mr. Ryan is too dangerous because he thinks politics is about things that matter. That dude really believes in something, and we certainly can't have that."

"All of which highly recommend him for the job."

Rich Lowry: "That the hyper-cautious Romney is seriously considering him counts as one of the biggest surprises of a campaign almost entirely lacking in them. Picking Ryan would represent a Romney revolt against conventional wisdom. And appropriately so -- since the conventional wisdom is wrong."

The 2012 Cycle: Attack, Feign Outrage, Repeat
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ August 9, 2012, 08:09 AM)

Negative, out-of-context attacks have come to define this presidential campaign - as has the offense that is inevitably taken by the other side.

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Race in Connecticut's 5th heats up on both sides
(from: Swing State Project @ August 9, 2012, 08:00 AM)

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? CT-05: Yowza! The flame war between Dan Roberti and Elizabeth Esty in the Democratic primary just got a lot hotter. The super PAC linked to Roberti's dad, well-connected lobbyist Vince Roberti, is out with a scathing new TV spot that blisters Esty explicitly from the left. Says the narrator: "In the legislature, Elizabeth Esty voted against the Democratic budget, against funding Connecticut's prescription drug program, and against funding job training?while protecting tax breaks for millionaires." Ouch! Based on the IE report we saw a day earlier, it looks like this ad is backed buy a $140K buy.

This, though, is certainly an unexpected development: With less than a week to go until the primary, the Dem-aligned Patriot Majority USA is spending $200K on TV ads... to nuke Republican state Sen. Andrew Roraback. That's a pretty smart move, seeing as Roraback has by far the most moderate profile among the GOP field. Unfortunately, the ad's not on the group's YouTube page yet. And there's one more IE to mention, another $17K in mailers from EMILY to help Esty.

Some Utah Counties Have More Voters Than Residents
(from: Political Wire @ August 9, 2012, 07:43 AM)

Six Utah counties have more registered voters on its rolls than the census found actually residing there, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Political Perceptions: The Vanishing Undecideds
(from: Washington Wire @ August 9, 2012, 07:05 AM)

There aren?t a whole lot of undecided voters to go after now. Indeed, in the last WSJ/NBC News poll, only 8% of the voters failed to express a preference for one candidate or the other.

Goldman Sachs Leads Split with Obama
(from: Political Wire @ August 9, 2012, 06:29 AM)

Bloomberg notes that four years ago, Goldman Sachs employees "gave three-fourths of their campaign donations to Democratic candidates and committees, including presidential nominee Barack Obama. This time, they're showering 70% of their contributions on Republicans."

"That's the biggest switch among the 25 companies whose employees have given the most to candidates and parties since 1989... Goldman isn't alone; 13 of the companies' employees are now giving more to Republicans after backing Democrats four years ago."

Carefully Choosing Convention Speakers
(from: Political Wire @ August 9, 2012, 06:17 AM)

As Mitt Romney and his campaign team "make the final adjustments to their plans for the convention," the New York Times notes "they are grappling with the delicate questions that hang over these quadrennial gatherings of clashing ambition, competing political agendas and outsize egos. Add to this year's mix personalities colorful enough to fill a reality show, and the fastidiously controlled, leave-nothing-to-chance Romney campaign has faced some hazardous casting choices. And what they decide could turn off the independent voters their carefully choreographed convention is meant to sway."

Not speaking: Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rick Perry.

Possibly speaking: Donald Trump and Sarah Palin.

The Early Word: New Lines
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ August 9, 2012, 06:03 AM)

Political new from today's Times, plus a look at what's happening in Washington.

Scott Gesty ?Dog Days of August? Money Grenade Announced
(from: Independent Political Report @ August 9, 2012, 12:56 AM)

Delaware Libertarian US House candidate Scott Gesty is challenging incumbent Democrat John Carney in a three-way race for the US House.
According to Delaware LP Chair Steven Newton,
The Republican entry into the race is so weak that the Libertarian will be Carney’s main opposition.  We have the chance to put the very first Libertarian candidate radio commercials on the air and really get Scott into the race, while promoting Gary Johnson at the same time.  But we need the fundraising help.  From 5-15 August we need to raise $1,300 to put Scott on the air.  Scott’s campaign team will dig into their own pockets and match every dollar you send.  No contribution is too small!
Donations can be made, and more detailed information can be found, here:

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Romney Ad Bashing Obama in Ohio Used Oklahoma Footage
(from: Political Wire @ August 8, 2012, 06:45 PM)

Mitt Romney's campaign released an advertisement last week accusing President Obama of failing Ohio car dealerships.

But the Huffington Post notes one problem: The ad appears to show stock footage of Oklahoma.

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