The current issue of the New Yorker includes a long profile of Paul Ryan. The reporter proves unsympathetic--the profile is entitled "Fussbudget"--but he quotes Ryan enough to permit the man to make his case on his own. With a tip of the hat to Ricochet's Bob Oster for bringing them to my attention, the profile's concluding paragraphs:
You can’t “run on vague platitudes and generalities,” he told me earlier this month. He was speaking about Bush in 2004 and Obama four years ago. But he clearly believes that the same holds true for Romney in November.
“He’s already endorsed these things,” Ryan said. “I want a full-throated defense for an alternative agenda that fixes the country’s problems. I want to show the country that we have a solution to get us out of the ditch we’re in, and to be proud about it.”
Ryan seemed unconcerned that pushing his policy agenda on Romney might damage the candidate. “I think life is short,” Ryan said at the end of our final conversation. “You’d better take advantage of it while you have it.”
At last, at last. Conviction, mastery of the issues, and a willingness to fight.
A glorious day for the Republic.