Monday, September 26, 2011
Barone: Oh yes, there's still room for Daniels, Ryan, or Christie
In this perceptive essay on the state of the GOP presidential field, Michael Barone's concluding two paragraphs make a point that also explains why I haven't changed my "Draft Paul Ryan" sidebar:
Could another candidate give a better performance than Perry and deliver more sustainable responses than Romney? To judge from their performances in various public and private venues, the answer is yes for Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan, and Chris Christie.
Each has taken himself out of the race. Each still has time to get in. Most voters are ready to reject Barack Obama. But not necessarily for one of those on the stage Thursday night.
I think that's about right. And if I had to guess, I'd guess that Speaker Boehner and other GOP leaders in Congress are continuing to quietly twist Paul Ryan's arm.
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I'll agree that Paul Ryan would make a better President than any of the Republicans currently running. However, I have two points. Any of the current Republican candidates would make a better President than Barack Obama. Also, if we put Paul Ryan in the White House, where do we find a new House Budget Committee Chairman?
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