The Wisconsin State Journal editorial page wants Paul Ryan to run for president:
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan keeps saying "no."
We add our voice today to the many Americans who keep urging the Republican from Janesville to say "yes!"
Ryan, 41, one of the smartest and most creative and courageous members of Congress, should run for president of the United States in 2012.
The Republican field for president feels adrift, with tea party firebrand U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota winning the Iowa straw poll last weekend.
Ryan would jump into the mix as a young, gutsy leader from the heartland, willing to tackle America's most daunting financial problems while effectively communicating the dire need for reform.
Ryan is a man of ideas.
"He's brilliant," former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., told the State Journal editorial board last fall.
Feingold won't be endorsing Ryan for president - that's for sure. Yet Feingold's praise of Ryan's intellect is telling.
The State Journal endorsed Bush in 2004, Obama in 2008, and Scott Walker in 2010. It sure knows how to pick winners! (Well, not always: The newspaper endorsed Feingold in 2010.) Read the whole editorial here.
(Hat tip: Christian Schneider)