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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Paul Ryan: "America Deserves a Better Path"

In my view, the GOP should nominate for President the single currently most consequential Republican leader, the one who's most doing the most, and proving the most effective right now, on the most urgent issues threatening our country — not someone who merely has served in a single state, or whose service was mostly or entirely back in the 1990s. With due respect to Speaker Boehner (who actually I'm pretty sure would agree with me on this), the currently most consequential Republican leader is not him. And again, with due (but sincerely calibrated) respect to them, it's certainly not any of the current candidates.

It's Paul Ryan.

As the tag-line suggests, this video is intended as a preview of what Chairman Ryan plans to do with his House committee, and with this year's revised version of the Path to Prosperity, between now and Election Day. Make no mistake, this is targeted at Barack Obama and his Democratic cohorts.

But I agree with the Weekly Standard's Mark Hemmingway when he titles this "the best political campaign ad of 2012." Hemmingway's wistful subtitle: "Unfortunately, he's not running."

The only thing entirely certain about the GOP convention is that it has to produce a nominee for President and Vice President. In some parallel universe in which candidates could put aside their personal ambition — even the kind of driving, compulsive, relentless personal ambition necessary to campaign for President of the United States — in favor of the good of the Nation (and, therefore, the good of the Grand Old Party), I would hope for a brokered convention at which, on the 10th round of deadlock, some combination of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrinch, and Ron Paul would implore all of their original delegates to cast their next ballot for the chairman of the House Budget Committee. But in this universe, I've still not been persuaded to change my sidebar by anything any of those candidates have done since ... well, since ever.

Ryan, by the way, hasn't endorsed anyone, and has promised not to (he says it would be a conflict with his party fundraising position). Wisconsin is a purplish state that's in play. And his pre-Election Day work for the Budget Committee will necessarily be complete or nearly so by the time of the GOP National Convention in Tampa, after which he's going to be campaigning anyway, if (probably) only (sigh) for his current House seat.

Posted by Beldar at 11:06 PM in 2012 Election, Budget/economics, Congress, Obama, Politics (2012), Romney, Ryan | Permalink


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(1) Beldar made the following comment | Mar 16, 2012 1:10:46 AM | Permalink

Hat-tip to regular reader and good friend DRJ, who emailed me with the link to Hemmingway's post.

(2) Boyd made the following comment | Mar 16, 2012 2:11:05 AM | Permalink

You're such a dreamer, Bill! :-)

(3) DRJ made the following comment | Mar 16, 2012 10:14:35 AM | Permalink

A great statement by a great leader.

(4) Insufficiently Sensitive made the following comment | Mar 16, 2012 1:37:57 PM | Permalink

The current crop of Republican 'candidates' for the office of President are dreary nonentities by comparison with Ryan's articulate and well thought out position on our national squandering and some remedies for it.

If any of them put half the energy into national policy that they do into sleazy attacks on one another - well, they'd have to learn something about articulation of ideas first - there might emerge a preferred candidate.

But with the exception of Newt Gingrich's splendid rebuttals of the media tools who conduct the faux 'debates', there's little in the way of shining examples among this crop of duds.

(5) DRJ made the following comment | Mar 17, 2012 8:43:56 PM | Permalink

If a Republican is elected President, one of his first announcements should be to name Paul Ryan as Secretary of the Treasury.

(6) DRJ made the following comment | Mar 21, 2012 8:31:15 PM | Permalink

Ryan's Budget Committee has released a new video here.

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