The political gospel according to Rep. Paul Ryan
Y’all know I have a soft spot for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). Today’s Post profile of the Wisconsin Republican shows why. The budget hawk of the GOP has the cojones (thanks, Sarah Palin) to actually propose real ideas to bring the federal deficit under control. Many of those ideas would cause a firestorm if they were debated, let alone adopted. But at least he gives us something to consider.
In the story, Ryan also delivers what I’ll call the political “Gospel according to Paul” that explains why the daring, 40-year-old congressman is a leader in the GOP despite the leaders of the GOP keeping him at arm’s length.
"Political people always tell their candidates to stay away from controversy," said Ryan, 40. "They say, 'Don't propose anything new or bold because the other side will use it against you.'"
"It's really important, I think, not to run campaigns on some vague platitudes and rip down the other party, to hopefully win an election by default," he said. "You have to win an election by acclamation, by aspiration, by telling people who you are and what you are going to do, and then go do it once you get there."
That certainly reads like an indictment of the principles currently guiding the Republican Party today. At least someone within the party has the guts to say it.
| August 2, 2010; 7:24 AM ET
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