So that’s the constituency Romney is targeting: not a large segment of the electorate, but a few hundred at most editors, reporters, programmers, and pundits. His hope is that Ryan’s unjustified reputation for honest wonkery will transfer to the ticket as a whole.
I think there’s more to it, I think Romney does want to stir the wingers’ passion too. But he certainly wants ass clowns like Will Saletan and Chuck Lane to jizz their pants about Ol’ Blue Eyes, that’s part of the strategy.
But if it turns public orgy, it blows his cover. There’s a limited number of BRAVE BOLD bullshit columns that can be written before voters start to see all the cat food and vouchers and wonder what’s so brave and bold about them.