Per the NYTimes:
1:17 a.m. | Updated Mitt Romney is scheduled to announce his vice presidential candidate on Saturday in Norfolk, Va., with several signs pointing toward Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin emerging as the leading candidate for the position.
Mr. Romney is set to disclose the selection as he tours the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, the campaign announced Friday evening. The announcement ends a four-month search for a running mate on the opening day of a four-day bus tour through four critical battleground states.
A confidant of Mr. Ryan’s confirmed early Saturday that aides believed Mr. Romney had settled on the Wisconsin congressman to join the Republican ticket, but all advisers had been sworn to secrecy. Three senior Republican officials said that they, too, believed that Mr. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, had emerged as the top choice….
… which means, if it turns out not to be Ryan, look for news of a ‘confidant’ being stuffed in a Wisconsin wood chipper.
While we are all waiting on tender hooks (/snark), the redoubtable TBogg has a link-stuffed, all-the-hits roundup on the career of “The Mergers & Acquisitions Man“, suitable for framing or fowarding to your low-information relations who wonder why everybody is trash-talking that guy on the USS Wisconsin podium:
I have had many conversations among friends and family as to exactly why Willard Mitt “Mitt” Romney wants to be President of these here United States….[H]e doesn’t exactly have a long history of giving to his country; hiding out in a palace in France to avoid the Vietnam War draft (which he supported) and then lying about “longing” to serve. On this point, it seems that Mitt’s antipathy towards American military service (at least if your name is Romney) seems to have trickled down to his progeny…
Stepping in and running the Salt Lake City Olympics doesn’t really count as public service since the Olympics are a private enterprise, albeit this one in particular was financed by the federal government in record-setting dollars while Mitt called dibs on the credit. The fact that he and his Salt Lake City brethren personally profited from the government largesse was probably just a lucky coincidence. Mitt Romney did have a cup of coffee as Governor of Massachusetts although his record there seems to have been wiped clean like so many hard-drives, leaving behind only his bastard child RomneyCare who, unfortunately for Mitt, keeps showing up at the most awkward times…
And the irreplaceable Charles P. Pierce explains that “Paul Ryan Is Not A Vice President; Paul Ryan Is A Fake“:
One day, some years from now, I’m going to figure out how Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, managed to fool so many people for so long. He’s a garden-variety supply-side faker…
He gets credit for sincerely wanting to “reform” entitlements, when his entire career makes it quite plain that he doesn’t believe in the concept of entitlements, let alone the ones we actually have. He gets a pass on obvious mendacity that none of us would buy from, say, Herman Cain. (In a way, it’s not dissimilar to all those valentines to the mighty intellect of Newt Gingrich that we read back in the early 1990’s, until everybody figured out that Newt’s default position on almost everything was being a thoroughgoing creep.) Outside of the very real possibility that it’s all being done to give Paul Krugman a stroke, I don’t get it…
His deep and abiding teenage crush on Ayn Rand couldn’t outlast a barrage of public criticism from nuns. He cut and ran on the political philosophy he’d heretofore said was formative. And when the president really let go a right hand, Ryan went meeping back to his happy place.
“History will not be kind to a president who, when it came time to confront our generation’s defining challenge, chose to duck and run,” Ryan said. “The president refuses to take responsibility for the economy and refuses to offer a credible plan to address the most predictable economic crisis in our history.”
This is a guy in love with his own concocted genius. Pick him if you want, Willard. I don’t think he’s got the chin for it.
Earlier in the evening, commentor Mr. Papercuts pointed out that under all normal political metrics Virginia Governor McDonnell would be a smarter choice. Which under Rmoney-rules kinda proves it wwon’t happen, but if it does, kudos MP!