The future face of the GOP?

Paul Ryan, not Ron Paul.  Though hell, that could be confusing….Michael C. Moynihan writes:

When I sat down with Ryan last month to discuss Obama’s education policy, he quoted Hayek, talked at length about handing out Rand books to staffers, and discussed his previous life as an economic analyst. Such conversations should be de rigueur with members of the House Budget Committee, but I suspect Ryan is the only one that could name an Austrian economist.

Further proof that the Republican Party needs more Paul Ryans: Yesterday, he beat up on MSNBC host Carlos Watson and The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel regarding the “public option” and why Congress shouldn’t pass bills it hasn’t read. Imagine such a performance from, say, Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann:

I don’t know much about Rep. Ryan, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen him come up recently in a favorable light.  I will have to dig.  Now let’s just hope he doesn’t run off with some Argentinian femme fatal.

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  1. Don’t get too excited–Ryan was behind the Republican April Fools “alternate budget”. And somehow I doubt Austrian economic theories are the path back for the GOP.

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  2. Ryan represents the district adjacent to mine. He’s a dink, but that’s just a personal reaction. He was the author of the version of the Republican budget alternative that actually had some numbers in it, but his version also made some pretty questionable leaps on projections, as described here:

    http://business.theatlantic.com/2009/04/paul_ryans_crazy_budget_graph.php

    And it has some interesting priorities (“Um the, the phrase goes like this: ‘Drill, BABY, drill!’ not ‘Drill, drill, drill!’ Morons.”) and tax proposals (25% rate on incomes from $100K to the sky):

    http://washingtonindependent.com/36862/paul-ryans-budget

    Granted, a lot of that probably increases his appeal to many here. I am assuming that chairman Van Hollen will be targeting the First next year — it should be an almost perfect bellwether for how Obama’s economic program has been received, as this sorry attempt at a takedown of Ryan in a Madison free weekly a couple months ago suggested: http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=25584.

    …I’m guessing Ryan’s attitude at the moment is “Bring. It. On.” as far as any stimulus vulnerability goes, but we’ll see where things stand in a year. It’s gonna be quite the battle.

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  3. Like Paul (of the Ron variety), Paul Ryan appears to be more about the message than the messenger. Despite the urging of most of the Republican Study Committee, he turned down the opportunity to challenge John Boehner for Minority Leader this year (I’d wager he had somewhere north of a 50-50 shot of winning). He also turned down the Ranking Member spot on the powerful Ways & Mean Committee to remain Ranking on the highly irrelevant ( but highly wonkish) debating society known as the Budget Committee.

    The other name that ought to be mentioned for greener pastures in the reformist wing of the party: Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ)

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