John Heilemann on Hardball: Obama Team ‘Could Not Be Happier’ with Paul Ryan Pick

Reacting to Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, our own John Heilemann told Hardball’s Chris Matthews that Ryan is only sort of a game-changing pick. Ryan isn’t a Hail Mary à la Sarah Palin, but Heilemann says the addition of Ryan turns the election from a referendum on President Obama to one where there is actually a choice between two opposing viewpoints. “What the Romney campaign is admitting here tacitly is their strategy was not working,” Heilemann said. “If their strategy was working, you would have seen Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty,” and with the choice of Ryan, Team Romney has tipped its hand.

Obama Team ‘Could Not Be Happier’ with Ryan Pick