The real news?  It’s the economy and we’re not stupid.” Mitt Romney has underlined “it’s the economy” with his selection of Paul Ryan, a budget whiz who is clearly “presidential timber.” And how.

The Obama camp claims it’s thrilled because they believe they can hammer Romney and Ryan on Social Security, Medicare, etc. But, warns Wolf Blitzer, Obama’s people had best be careful, and he reminded viewers how Ronald Reagan was minimized as a has-been actor, with Democrats elated that that ancient has-been codger would be their opponent. Blitzer’s message to Obama’s supporters? “Be careful what you wish for.”

Drudge’s main headline link goes to the Weekly Standard’s “Romney Prepares to Pick Ryan.”

“Combo” screenshots of Drudge’s home page:

H/t JRTerrier. CNN is carrying this live at this moment (9:26 p.m. PT). Fox News is airing a commercial (9:44 p.m. PT). MSNBC is carrying the story live with Andrea Mitchell (9:44 p.m. PT). Fox News’s coverage is the weakest of the three cable news channels by using some third-string anchor I’ve never seen before and a “reporter” (the digital political editor for the Web site – huh?). Surprising and disappointing.

MSNBC’s MITCHELL CONFIRMS it’s Paul Ryan. An MSNBC reporter says that Paul Ryan’s wife and his three children were seen at the Nauticus Museum, home of USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia.

[Earlier, @ 9:30 p.m. ET] CNN lists Paul Ryan, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Tim Pawlenty … apparently gathered with Romney in VIRGINIA (Norfolk) for announcement “8 or 9 hours from now” …

Here are Drudge’s links and the photo, now identified:



Will Announce His Running Mate at 9AM ET Saturday in Norfolk…
At Nauticus Museum, home of USS Wisconsin…

SOURCES: Final names were Ryan, Rubio, Pawlenty, Christie, Portman and one unnamed wild card… Developing…
ROMNEY MADE CALLS LATE TONIGHT TO THOSE WHO DID NOT GET SLOT…

Drudge’s Main Headline:

ROMNEY VP WEEKEND