You lucky ETers got this story two days ago from me. The party regulars are trying to put a brave face on this, but they know romney made a huge blunder.
It is not just Ryan himself, although he is a problem. It is the realization that Romney still seems intent on running the same campaign McCain lost with, even after Obama and his chicago thugs have shamelessly smeared Romney.
No doubt part of the problem is they use these consultants who go out and focus group "independents",etc and come back and say they don't want mudslinging and want an honest discussion of the issues. Unfortunately, these same independents then vote on the bais that republicans hate women, want dirty air and water and want to cut medicare to provide tax cuts to billionaires like romney, who unfairly close factories and kill workers wives.