Paul Ryan has been making the rounds discussing the budget proposal. He has been booed and shouted down at townhall meetings he has held. Still he calmly explains the details of the plan and emphasizes that the changes to medicare will not change services for those above a certain age. Although he is explaining economics to people who, for the most part, do not have advanced degrees in economics, he does not make the information sound like he has had to ‘dumb it down’. Yes, I have a political crush on Paul Ryan.
This morning on NewsBusters there was an open thread addressing Paul Ryan running in 2012. Paul Ryan for President? Perhaps the idea had been formenting in the back of my mind because I saw fireworks. Paul Ryan for President! I barely skimmed the article and then went on an internet search. Who else was thinking this? The results were interesting and a little confusing.
The left appears to already be in attack mode, but it seems to be primarily about the budget. Of course, he wants to throw gramma under the bus. It is the fervent wish of all conservatives. Force unwanted babies on unsuspecting women, send grampa out to the ice flow and then, after lunch, invade some peaceful country.
At Reuters, James Pethokoukis offers some reasons that a Ryan candidacy may be in the cards:
1) Since Democrats are determined to hang Ryan’s bold “Path to Prosperity” budget plan around the neck of every Republican running for office in 2012, why not have its author and best salesman advocate for it directly vs. President Obama?
2) Ryan — to borrow a favorite Simon Cowell phrase — is “current.” He’s smack in the middle of budgetary and ideological clash between Democrats and Republicans and would immediately energize conservative and Tea Party activists.
3) Ryan is a strong national defense conservative, as well as pro-life.
4) Ryan is from a battleground state, Wisconsin, and a battleground region, the upper Great Lakes.
5) Ryan’s youth, vigor, likability and Jimmy Stewart persona — well, a wonky version of George Bailey — would be an immediate shorthand signal to voters that he’s a different kind of Republican. He also has a compelling life story to tell.
6) Obama suddenly and unexpectedly to Washington insiders looks beatable — by the right candidate.
Could Paul Ryan win the presidency in 2012? Yes, he can!!