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    So tell me, again, about Paul Ryan

    So tell me, again, about Paul Ryan

    New reports have surfaced (h/t CharlieSykes) that Paul Ryan is reconsidering his prior decision not to run for President:

    As Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan comes to a final decision about running for president, several top national conservatives are encouraging him to join the race. Ryan, who has been seriously but quietly considering a presidential bid for several months, is expected to decide on a run in the next two weeks

    Perhaps you could tell me again about Ryan, now with the benefit of knowing who (most of) the Republican candidates are.


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    oldyannkee46 | August 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Professor, It was a good time to play FEELING GOOD I don’t think you linked to it since 2010 election.

    Estragon | August 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Ryan is of critical importance right where he is – the House Budget Committee is the only group in Congress OR the Executive Branch actually doing any budget calculations. Obama and Reid know that to put their preferences down in black and white would sink their support even further, and they can’t afford that.

    Incidentally, even Cut, Cap & Balance was insufficient to postpone a credit rating downgrade for long. Only Ryan’s original budget plan with its CBO-scored $5.65 trillion in deficit reduction over the ten-year budget window met what the ratings agencies put forth as a credible down payment on fiscal responsibility.

    But the lack of executive experience is telling. The US federal government is the largest operation in the history of mankind. It’s annual budget is greater than the GDP of all other nations except China and Japan. We’ve seen the folly of on-the-job-training with the current buffoon.

    And he would be wasted in the Vice Presidency – that’s for placeholders who won’t be terribly missed, like Joe Biden.

    Ryan’s a great Congressman and a walking encyclopedia on budget matters. He’s also a good guy.

    So I hope he does NOT run for President.

    If he does, he will become a referendum on the issue of modifying entitlements–if he’s not successful, “entitlement reform” will be (again) the Third Rail. And given the firepower of others in the race (Perry and Romney have ALL the money), it will be a very steep hill for Ryan to climb.

    Some (that be Karl Rove and B. Kristol) that he must run just to put entitlements on the table. However, NO (R) candidate has endorsed his plan.

    Frankly, I think it’s a trap.

    Well, if he runs, and catches fire, I know the vast majority of people here will get behind him. Whatever you may think his chances are, I hope you can imagine what it would be like having him setting the agenda in the Oval Office. Do you see Romney or Perry as running for any other reason than they want to be president? Ryan is the closest thing we’ll get to that reluctant hero we always seem to be dreaming for.

    Right now, I think it’s more likely than not that he runs. If he decides against a run, look for Chris Christie to take his place.

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