By now, it's obvious that Mitt Romney's selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has fundamentally shifted the dynamic of the Presidential race. Everyone, whether liberal or conservative, seems to agree on that. However, what is not clear is how Ryan has shifted the race. Despite Democratic bravado suggesting that his budget plan will turn off seniors and drive independents into the arms of the Obama campaign, early signs are showing precisely the opposite happening. Indeed, following Ryan's selection as Vice President, his approval rating more than doubled among Democrats. Moreover, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already been reduced to sending out panicked fundraising emails following the displays of enthusiasm for Ryan in his home district (which itself leans Democratic).
In short, the choice of Ryan has the potential to provide either a wellspring of smugness or a spontaneous outpouring of hysterics from the Left. Today, at the Iowa State Fair, the hysterics got their day in the sun when two women began heckling Ryan barely over a minute into his stump speech. They were shortly escorted from the event by police.
Ryan didn't miss a beat in responding. "They must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin," he laughed.
Ryan was lucky to get off with only a pubescent tongue lashing. His volunteers were not so fortunate. According to Buzzfeed, a Ryan volunteer was punched by one of the two hecklers, who aside from yelling at Ryan, had also rushed the stage.
Other, less disruptive heckling persisted throughout the event. Neither Ryan nor the crowd seemed fazed.