The Ryan Posse
Saddled up and ready to go.
11:59 AM, Apr 22, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Pawlenty and Gingrich are leaving space on the right for someone to fully embrace the Ryan plan. Maybe that someone will be Mitch Daniels, whom Ryan has singled out in the past as capable and willing to defend the policies Ryan's been fighting for. (More recently, Ryan said he's keeping an open mind about the 2012 field.) But it's not entirely clear that Daniels will run. And if he does run, he may have a tough time winning the support of social conservatives and foreign policy hawks. Ryan is on good terms with pro-lifers and hawks.
So, really, who better than Ryan to defend the Ryan plan? The logic of his candidacy has been staring us in the face for over a year. As Matthew Continetti wrote in THE WEEKLY STANDARD in February of 2010:
Ryan's main (and sincere) objection to a presidential run is that he couldn't handle being away from his kids for two years while he would be on the campaign trail.
Of course, it's possible that Ryan can continue to debate Obama and wait until the fall to see if any viable candidate takes up his budget. By that time, if no one has risen to the occasion, Ryan could jump in when the entire campaign season would last just over a year. And if he wins the presidency, he would get to work from home and see his kids almost every day.
Recent Blog Posts