In spite of whatever the TV pundits are gushing about or the Beltway columnists are writing about Paul Ryan's value to the Romney ticket, there is simply nothing to indicate his selection means any new electoral votes for the GOP.
Ryan represents an opportunity for Democrats to not only shift the focus away from an Obama referendum, but also to rally a campaign to save their senate majority and even challenge to re-take the House.
Ryan is considered a rising star within conservative circles. Conservative pundits, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications openly advocated for Ryan's selection. But it is only a net plus for Ryan if Romney wins.
Through the summer, it has been unclear what kind of campaign Mitt Romney would actually run. But by picking Paul Ryan, Romney is suggesting that the fall campaign will go beyond negative attacks and focus on real and substantive choices.