Things may be about to change dramatically. This morning, on The Weekly Standard website, Stephen Hayes reports that Paul Ryan is in the final stages of deciding whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination. I am told by someone very much in the know that this is true.
It is even conceivable that the argument I advanced back at the end of May has had an impact. According to Hayes, another Republican from Wisconsin told him, “With Paul, it’s more about obligation than opportunity. He is determined to have the 2012 election be about the big things. If that means he has to run, he’s open to it.”
This is borne out by an interview Ryan gave on Friday in an appearance on the Charlie Sykes show in Milwaukee. Here is what Ryan initially said:
Look, the way I see 2012 – we owe it to the country to let them choose the path they want our country to take. And I just have yet to see a strong and principled articulation of the kind of limited government, opportunity society path that we would provide as an alternative to the Obama cradle to grave welfare state.
Then Sykes pressed him, starting to ask, “Do you think that it is absolutely essential that there be a Republican candidate who is able to articulate…?” And Ryan cut him off:
I do. Because this is how we get our country back. We do it through a referendum letting the country pick the path not by having a committee of 12 people pick the path or not by having just the inertia of just letting the status quo just stumble through by winning a campaign based on dividing people.
And when Sykes asked him whether he understands why some people think that person should be he, Ryan responded:
Well, I keep hearing that. I’m hoping that people will step up and I’m hoping that somebody – I can help them fashion this. You know my story and you know my answer – and I haven’t changed it. We’ve got a long way to go. There’s 15 months left.
Things may soon get interesting, my friends, very interesting. Just remember. It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.