In an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd Thursday, Mitt Romney announced that he will choose Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate:
CHUCK TODD: What do you want your running mate to say about you? What do you want your selection to say about what kind of president you’re going to be?
GOV. MITT ROMNEY: I don’t think I have anything for you on the VP running mate. Other than I — I certainly expect to have a person that has a strength of character, a vision for the country that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country. I happen to believe this is a defining election for America, that we’re going to be voting for what kind of America we’re going to have.
Although Romney starts by saying, equivocally, that he doesn't "have anything for you on [his] running mate", we know from long experience with Romney's utterances that he is a habitual liar and this formulation is his way of making an announcement. There is only one Republican that has stated anything resembling a "vision for the country" and that is Paul Ryan.
More updates as this story unfolds.
Update 10:54 p.m.:
Not that Romney does the "vision thing" himself, however hiring someone to be his visionary is completely consistent with his character.
Update 8/10/2012 8:12 a.m.:
… But the smaller, more Machiavellian point is that Ryan is Romney’s best chance to diffuse the blame if he loses this election. If Romney chooses the proverbial “incredibly boring white guy” and then goes down in November, conservatives will place the blame squarely on Romney’s shoulders: He was a flip-flopping, Massachusetts Moderate with a cautious campaign and a car elevator. The narrative, in fact, is already set. In July, the Wall Street Journal editorial page accused Romney of “slowly squandering an historic opportunity.” They would simply have to change “squandering” to “squandered.” And Romney knows it.
But if Romney chooses Ryan — if he makes this the “big election over big issues” that the Wall Street Journal editorial page wants — then his loss will be their loss as well. He’ll still be blamed, of course. But the fact will remain that he took conservative counsel, adopted conservative ideas, named a conservative hero as his vice president, ran on the Ryan budget, and lost to a liberal. The right will not be able to pretend they weren’t on the ticket. They will have chosen the ticket. The right will not be able to say Romney ran a cautious campaign. They will have cranked his campaign’s strategy up to 11.
Update 8/11/2012 9:25 a.m.:
Confirmation from the Mittster himself. It's (tea) party time now!