Much has been written these last four days about this Paul Ryan fellow, who looks 32, ten years younger than he is. About his affability. His determination, drive and energy. His chemistry with ticket head Mitt Romney, who's supposed to have an uncanny skill for spotting talent.
And, most of all, about Ryan's knowledge of the federal budget, the looming deficit and Medicare's deteriorating financial condition.
Romney is counting on Ryan's communications skills, honed during seven successful House terms in his working class southeastern Wisconsin district. A fitness fanatic, Ryan seems pumped for the challenges of the next 83 days. Good thing.
According to veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, between now and that election day Obama and his skilled team of reputation removers are going to so systematically dismantle Paul Ryan piece by painful piece, such that even his own children will boo him.
Much of this will be accomplished by Chicago's opposition researchers feeding negative information to a few cooperative media representatives who will deliver it to the American public as news, sources masked.
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