Ah sure, the political scene is settling into its earlier patterns, where we are being told by many cognoscenti that we don’t need to pay attention to what one campaign–notably the one that has elevated Paul Ryan–is doing to change the dynamics. But the ever-wakening eyes see otherwise:

* Mike Gerson says Ryan’s a pro-Republican game changer, with no empirical evidence.

* At the American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord argues–again, with no evidence–that liberals are terrified by the political power of Ryan’s message.

* The most preeminent supporter of a Romney-Ryan ticket, William Kristol, also assets this will be a general-election winner.

* Au contraire, Jamelle Bouie thinks Ryan’s selection sets up an Obama landslide.

*Erick Erickson’s only fear is that Ryan’s Budget is not radical enough.

* On another note, at College Guide, Daniel Luzer examines the lost legacy of California’s higher education system.

And in non-political news:

* Gates Foundation hosts big conference promoting “Toilet Revolution.” Okay.

Now that I’m home and reoriented, blogging tomorrow should get a bit easier. But Procol Harum warns otherwise:

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.