Report Paul Ryan as Vice Presidential candidate in US Elections 2004/2008/2012/2016 Posted August 12, 2012 LMAO! If that's true, it places the GOP even further in the political desert than they were before; up a dune without an umbrella. Exactly what does firming up the evangelical base do for Romney's efforts to capture Obama votes?! Nothing, but that's not the aim. His idea is to rally the base and increase their turnout. For all the talk we hear this election cycle about the power of independents, neither candidate is really gunning hard to get independent votes because they assume, perhaps correctly, that independents are more likely to just not bother voting since they are not passionate about either candidate. Both will continue to make emotional appeals to "summon the troops" and get them to actually come to the polls on election day. That's really what this race will come down to - who can get more of their fanatics to follow through and vote.