Tired of the Mitt Romney-Rick Perry food fight? Me too. But there are serious Republicans who are talking about our biggest economic problems in a serious way. Too bad none of them are running for President.Chris Christie
gives one heck of a great speech and describes a tough-minded and realistic conservative reformism that is willing to make reasonable good faith compromises. Paul Ryan
eloquently lays out the case for a broad right-leaning health care reform. As usual, I think Ryan's proposal's move a little too far a little too fast to be the Republican policy agenda of the moment. But I don't think that Ryan's major speeches are best understood as attempts to get some exact proposal passed either now or ever. They are attempts to get people thinking about new approaches to solving problems. Those approaches can then be refined in ways that take into account public opinion and reasonable policy criticism. If I were the head of American Crossroads or some other right-leaning group with deep pockets, I would put Ryan into two minute commercials explaining some aspect of health care policy. Such a two minute commercial would do more to change people's minds that ten times as many 30 second ads that don't have a chance to say anything.
8:52 PM / September 28, 2011