Michael Moynihan sings from the hymnbook, and I concur. Ryan has always struck me as being very smart, very politically astute, and very appealingly wonkish. I remember back in 1992 when George Stephanopoulos sold Bill Clinton by stating that “specificity [on the issues] is a character issue.” Of course, in the long term, that was not enough to downplay Clinton’s actual deficiencies on the character front, but specificity on the issues is a character issue these days, what with the economy continuing to dominate the attention of the populace, and with two wars going on (not to mention a whole host of other matters).
If Ryan wants to assume a greater degree of leadership within the GOP, I am entirely in favor of seeing it happen. Democrats like denouncing and ridiculing individual Republicans for alleged intellectual deficiencies. I would love to see them try that on someone like Ryan; the attempt would likely backfire on the instigator and add to Ryan’s starpower.