Hey, remember Paul Ryan? That guy who shaved like an hour off his marathon running time? Wasn't he, like, running for vice president or something? Seems like the Romney campaign knows Ryan isn't very popular with independents and moderates, so they've been hiding him away from the national news media. But they do have one audience that loves him: Evangelical Christians.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used some of the precious remaining hours of the 2012 campaign to reach out to social conservative voters in a town hall-style call on Sunday night, warning that "Judeo-Christian" values were at risk if President Barack Obama is reelected.

"This is a huge election," said Ryan. "Please know that Mitt Romney and I understand the stakes. We understand the stakes of where this country is headed. We understand the stakes of our fundamental freedoms being on the line, like religious freedom — such as how they're being compromised in Obamacare."

I'm really perplexed by pundits who say that if Mitt Romney loses, Paul Ryan will be the frontrunner for 2016. I think his less-than-overwhelming reception as vice presidential candidate proves that he's not cut out for national politics. He's a fringe figure, a guy who will always be popular within his own party, but will never be able to find a greater national fame. Paul Ryan is basically the next Newt Gingrich.