Moderate Milquetoast Mitt might just have struck the greatest blow for classical liberalism since the election of Ronald Reagan.
Charles Krauthammer opines:
And while Romney is the present, Ryan is the future. Romney’s fate will be determined on Nov. 6. Ryan’s presence, assuming he acquits himself well in the campaign, will extend for decades.
Ryan’s importance is enhanced by his identity as a movement conservative. Reagan was the first movement leader in modern times to achieve the presidency. Like him, Ryan represents a new kind of conservatism for his time.
Reagan rejected the moderate accommodationism represented by Gerald Ford, the sitting president Reagan nearly overthrew in 1976. Ryan represents a new constitutional conservatism of limited government and individual opportunity that carried Republicans to victory in 2010, not just as a rejection of Obama’s big-government hyper-liberalism but also as a significant departure from the philosophically undisciplined, idiosyncratically free-spending “compassionate conservatism” of Obama’s Republican predecessor.
Ryan’s role is to make the case for a serious approach to structural problems – a hardheaded, sober-hearted conservatism that puts to shame a reactionary liberalism that, with Greece in our future, offers handouts, bromides and a 4.6 percent increase in tax rates.
If Ryan does it well, win or lose in 2012, he becomes a dominant national force. Mild and moderate Mitt Romney will have shaped the conservative future for years to come.
Paul Ryan is a true movement conservative – and more that that, one that has something that we have been missing since the days of Reagan – a true conservative that will actually fight for conservative positions. Obama fears him because he has already shown a very low tolerance for “progressive” BS and is willing to go toe to toe with the opposition. He is also ready for prime time in a way that Sarah Palin wasn’t. I love the Governor but where she has beauty and charm, Ryan has the steely eyes of an assassin and the conviction to back it up.
Remember in 2008 when the media made a big deal of Obama being athletic and physically fit? Well, Ryan carries 7% body fat. He even beats Obama on that…like petite Asian girls with big breasts, he’s just better in every way…and a successful Romney term just about guarantees a President Ryan is in our future.
If Ryan was picked to fulfill the traditional role as the attack dog, Romney didn’t do that – he kept the “attack” part but went right past “dog” and straight to Assassin’s Creed III.