Posted on | August 9, 2012 | 19 Comments
When Ali Akbar came up with the #GiveUsRyan hashtag — Saturday afternoon, after I made an emergency stop at Burger King to blog about the importance of making Paul Ryan the Republican VP candidate — I was severely skeptical about the ability of a bunch of bloggers to influence events.
Four days later, my skepticism is beginning to evaporate. By Tuesday evening, the tea leaves indicated that what had merely been suspected during the weekend — the veepstakes was coming down to a three-way contest between Ryan, Tim Pawlenty and Rob Portman — had become a reality. Even I was shocked Wednesday morning, however, when I saw that MSNBC had confirmed this. There’s a difference between reading tea leaves and getting it confirmed as actual news.
The key was figuring out that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, despite being on the official short list, had a “vetting” problem that eliminated him from being a finalist for the nomination. The fact that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal praised Ryan on Sunday was also a pretty big hint of which short-lister was the real conservative favorite. So it was either the two “safe” choices (Pawlenty and Portman) or else the last remaining “bold” choice, Ryan. The other names being bounced around in public were just distractions, and Bill Kristol’s push for Ryan was a clear signal that the insiders knew what the real running mate discussion was about.
Allahpundit’s Tuesday “Quote of the Day” post was a series of items about the Ryan VP buzz. This morning, the Wall Street Journal editorial page came out for Ryan, Rich Lowry joined the chorus, the New York Times picked up on the pro-Ryan push and — here’s a big endorsement — David Frum hates Paul Ryan.
Well, is this all because of Ali and the #GiveUsRyan hashtag? No, of course not. There are lots of conservatives working independently in different ways to make this happen.
But your Tweets do matter. They do make a difference. Just remember to direct your Tweets to @MittRomney and include the #GiveUsRyan hashtag — Mitt’s online campaign keeps track of their mentions, and every Tweet counts.