I’ll happily declare interest behind my enthusiasm for Paul Ryan: he’s read my Reagan and Churchill books. And I’ve seen him up close and in person displaying his facility with the deeper principles of the American Founding, and his (correct) perception of how the Progressive Era represents the decisive break in American political thought. In this respect he has more depth than Reagan. Forget the budget issues for a moment–Ryan represents the most serious national challenger to the essential premises of the Left since Calvin Coolidge.
Of course there are hazards with this (I’ll make a more complete response to Paul later in the day), but let’s note on thing: Obama’s campaign is going to attack Ryan on the issues, rather than his tax returns, his dog, his business record, etc.
In the meantime, I thought we might as well repost the short video I did of Ryan from a few months ago: