Politico reports that many Republicans think the solution to Mitt Romney's recent woes is more Paul Ryan.
The conservative frustration with Ryan's role comes at a critical moment in the campaign, when many in the GOP are openly fretting that Romney is letting the election slip away. They want Ryan unleashed to take the fight to Obama in the closing weeks, to draw a sharp contrast where Republicans think they can win: pointing up Obama's profligate spending in ways that appeal to independent voters wary of government bloat.
The fact that Romney and Ryan will be reunited for a battleground bus tour next week is welcome news for Republicans, especially Ryan fans, who believe he has gifts of oratory and persuasion on the major issues of the day.
Ryan's supporters and Republicans with ties to the campaign argue the complaints he is not involved are overblown. Ryan himself is not unhappy with how things stand, they insist, and he knew he was joining someone else's ticket and has never been unclear about his own role.