After opening the show Monday on the pick itself and what Rep. Paul Ryan brings to the 2012 Republican presidential ticket for conservatives, the "Real News" panel next discussed how Democrats are reacting and whether some should "be careful what you wish for."
Monday's POLITICO/GWU Battleground Poll (surveyed prior to the Ryan announcement) shows the race in a virtual dead heat, giving a blank slate to see how America will react to the Romney pick and the left's immediate attacks in response this weekend.
Democrats have made clear that they will attack on Ryan's budget--specifically its attempt to reform medicare--and the socially conservative positions now across the GOP ticket. Leaders in the Democratic Party and Progressive movement have shown the propensity to go over-the-top in their criticisms of the young conservative star, standing behind ads from liberal groups featuring a Ryan caricature pushing granny off a cliff, calling his medicare plan a "death trap for seniors," and labeling Ryan as "bad for women" and "extremely anti-choice."
Watch the "Real News" panel Monday discuss how the Ryan choice will reshape the issues focused on this presidential campaign, how the left will attack Romney's running mate, and whether this is a road that either side really wants to go down: