Now that GOP Great White Hope Mitt Romney has tapped Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Hey, Privatize This), lots of folks are bookmarking Ryan (!) Lizza’s recent New Yorker profile of the Ayn Rand acolyte.
But it’s also worth taking a look at this piece that ran in the Weekly Standard last month.
Few who have known him over the years would have predicted that Ryan would be at the center of this national [budget] debate. And just two years ago, Republican pollsters and strategists advised their candidates to seek distance from Ryan’s plan. But he is now the intellectual leader of the Republican party. And, at the risk of overstating the case, the outcome of the November elections may turn on whether his party can present and defend his ideas.
And now the GOP has the best person to do that in the best position to do that.
Excruciating details to come.
(For a more eye-glazing exegesis, see Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.)