John McCormack at the Weekly Standard has been with Paul Ryan in Wisconsin and puts the whole heckling story in perspective.
It's a good post, because it makes an important point, even if it's not McCormack's chief point: attacking Paul Ryan is good for the GOP, bad for the left.
Citing a Politico story that described the police removing a shouting heckler from a town hall meeting as the "most dramatic moment" of Ryan's week in Wisconsin, McCormack writes:
Was one man being escorted from a town hall meeting the "most dramatic moment" of the week? Or was it more dramatic when hundreds of senior citizens gave not one but two standing ovations to a politician proposing a bold Medicare reform? Again, it's a matter of opinion. But the latter moment is a far more accurate depiction of what Ryan actually faced in his swing district these last two weeks.
He goes on to say:
Despite having a Democratic party tracker and Center for American Progress Action Fund blogger covering Ryan's town halls, all they have out of 19 hours of footage are a few clips of Ryan getting booed. They have a video of a constituent yelling "liar!" at Ryan. What they do not have is video of Ryan actually lying or getting stumped by a question. Liberals might not agree with him, but Ryan had a persuasive answer, filled with facts and figures, to every question he was asked.
My view has been for awhile that the more we put Paul Ryan out there, the more liberals will attack him...and the more that will backfire on them. Ryan is just about the most unassailable figure within the entire GOP. He's scandal-free, non-ideological, and he knows his own issues better than almost any opposing interlocutor.
Opposing him in a public forum will likely have the effect of winning over the independents or undecideds in the room who entered not knowing for sure what to make of the House Budget Committee chairman.
So, go for it, liberals, take him on. Try to refute him on Medicare or the debt and see how you look afterwards.