As John McCain needed in 2008, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney needed something — anything — to reinvigorate his moribund campaign for President.
Tapping Sarah Palin as a vice presidential nominee gave McCain a jump in polls, fundraising and attention.
Is Paul Ryan Romney’s Sarah Palin? The candidate’s staff thinks so.
In a memo released Friday morning, campaign manager Matt Rhoades says selecting Ryan as Romney’s running mater has sparked a rise in the polls, an increase in fundraising and lots of activity in social media.
The campaign raised more than $10 million in the last week — $7.4 million online in the first three days — along with 45,000 more volunteers. Social media sites have buzzed since Ryan’s selection.
“Ryan has given Romney a boost,” a long-time GOP operative tells Capitol Hill Blue. “Now we will have to see if the boost has legs.”
Comparing Ryan to Palin is a double-edged sword. The then-governor of Alaska became an albatross for the McCain campaign as more details about her past and her shallowness on issues emerged.
Ryan’s selection has shown strength in swing states like Virginia, where the Obama campaign dispatched vice president Joe Biden for a swing through area that traditionally don’t vote Democratic.
In his memo, Rhoades argues that the Democrats are worried about the Ryan effect:
The Obama team’s increasing vitriol is a sure sign that they’re rattled by the pick. Unable to engage in an elevated policy debate, they’ve spent the past few days drowning in their own venom.