I am liking this choice and hoping that he doesn’t disappoint. Paul Ryan, one of the young rising stars of the Republican party, will be delivering the Republican’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Tonight should be interesting on many different levels and I look forward to the SOTU with as much anticipation as most do the Super Bowl.
WSJ has this to say about Paul Ryan:
While unknown to most Americans, Mr. Ryan, 40 years old, has established himself as a leading conservative thinker on federal spending, shaped in part by his early work for supply-side icon Jack Kemp.
Now, Republicans not only have made Mr. Ryan chairman of the House Budget Committee, but on Tuesday the House is expected to vote to give him unprecedented powers to force spending cuts for the current fiscal year. That authority will allow Mr. Ryan to act unilaterally in setting an overall spending level for the rest of the year, a job usually handled by his full panel.
In elevating Mr. Ryan, Republican leaders are taking what Democrats believe is a political risk. He has written an anti-deficit plan that includes politically explosive ideas—replacing Medicare with vouchers and allowing some workers to invest Social Security taxes in private accounts—that go beyond what even many Republicans are prepared to embrace.
But conservatives counter that the 2010 election outcome showed he is precisely the kind of political figure to put forth as the face of the Republican Party.
“If I was starting a football team in a national budget league, I’d pick Paul Ryan as the captain and quarterback,” said Rep. Dan Lungren (R., Calif.), an ally of the late Mr. Kemp. “There’s nobody in this House who’s taken as serious a long-term view on the budget as Paul Ryan.”
I hope he brings his A-game tonight!