A laundry list of mushy RINOs and, strangely, staunch conservative Congressman Jim Jordan are urging Congressman Paul Ryan to vie for the chance to be the Republican who beats Barack Obama in 2012.
Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush and John Boehner want Ryan to run, along with Boehner nemesis Jim Jordan.
I can’t really put my finger on why, but I have a bad feeling about Paul Ryan running for the Republican nomination. Like, to the point where I think it would be a colossal mistake. Maybe it’s because Ryan is too far out on a limb and easily demonized for necessary changes to entitlement programs that he proposed and put down on paper. Maybe, like my trepidation about Michele Bachmann, it’s because sitting members of the House historically don’t get elected to the Presidency. Maybe it’s because I don’t think he has the political heft at this point in his career to convincingly take on Obama on the national stage. Maybe I think he’s doing too much good and is pretty much irreplaceable in the House.
He’s got the right ideas and no one is more of an expert on budget matters than Paul Ryan. If he got in, I have no doubt that he’d take the primary electorate by storm. I just don’t see him coming through a general election campaign on top. I could be wrong.
Even if I were able to get over my initial doubts about a Ryan candidacy, if Mitch Daniels and Jeb Bush think it’s a good idea, I can’t help but still think it’s a bad idea.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan have all encouraged House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan to run against Obama, The Weekly Standard reports.
The policy wonk, known for “the Ryan plan” to eliminate the federal debt through dramatic spending cuts and reforms, has to date shown little interest in running.
But the conservative magazine says his wife is “on board” if he decides to enter the race.
They say Ryan will make a decision in early September.