While we're fantasizing, imagine the smart, articulate Ryan up against Obama in a debate. One would be armed with ad hominem attacks, distortions, and vague slogans, the other with a keen grasp of the nature of the crises we're facing, from the details to the big picture.Of the Republicans who have announced or who are likely to announce for 2012 only Herman Cain comes to being as satisfying as Paul Ryan. Yeah, the Republican "elite" are pining for a Mitch Daniels type-conservative enough to garner the "anybody but Obama" vote and RINO enough to maintain the status quo. It seems that the elite are having trouble grasping the concept of "who gives a flying fig what you want?" Poor dears. What do you get when you mate a RINO with a dinosaur? Perhaps going forward we should refer to that wing of the party as RINOsaurs. But back to the delightful Mr Ryan. Pundette quotes Jennifer Rubin:
It is telling I think that Newt Gingrich blew up his presidential campaign criticizing Ryan. Republicans rallied to Ryan’s side and fired a barrage of criticism at Gingrich. This has as much to do with Gingrich’s intellectual instability as it does with Ryan’s new stature as the ideas man of the GOP. (Perhaps Gingrich’s blast can be explained as envy, for that is a role Gingrich once held.) That Republicans of all stripes understand that Ryan Republicanism — reform-minded, intellectually rigorous, pro-free markets and temperamentally cordial — is the wave of the future.
Ryan can make his decision this summer. But turning down a pointless Senate run is the first step toward that potential run.
Well, a girl can dream.