Long, but an excellent and informative read. And the anecdote about the ignorant liberals trying to shout him down at a town hall meeting is more than just entertaining; it's important. The left has long argued that conservative talk listeners are mindless automatons believing what the host tells them to.
In fact, conservative talk listeners are very well-informed. As blogs and social media have grown, I've discovered listeners are very dialed into the issues. Liberals, on the other hand, are often like the group Ryan confronted; clueless. I know that sounds harsh, but my experience is that the conservative rank and file do a lot more homework than liberals. And because they are often ill-informed, they turn angry when confronted with reality, which is why Ryan confronted what he did.
A plan that four years ago Republicans avoided like the plauge is now at the center of presidential politics. I have, many times, borrowed a line from the movie "Quiz Show;" having Ryan's ideas at the center of the presidential election without Ryan there to sell them is "like doing Hamlet without Hamlet."
Condi Rice, through a spokesperson, reconfirmed that she has no interest in the veepstakes. Mitt Romney shouldn't overthink this. Marco Rubio would be a great pick, but if he's not interested Ryan is the obvious choice to me. This race is practically built for him. And as this piece points out, he's matured from a MEGO(mine eyes glaze over) policy wonk into an artful speaker who can explain the complex and scary realities of our debt situation in easy to understandn terms.
It'd be hard to make a mistake among Rubio, Ryan or Bobby Jindal. But Ryan is hard to beat. If Romney has anyone else in mind, I would consider it a mistake.