Romney?s running mate is unique in Washington: he?s actually seriously thought about policy
The New York Times? Ross Douthat has a sharp rejoinder to those who say Paul Ryan is some sort of crazy extremist who is simply a tool of the Republican Party:
?No other American lawmaker has been as active as Ryan across so many policy fronts these last few years. No other Republican ? with the arguable exception of Tom Coburn, who?s retiring after this term???has staked out so many specific and controversial positions on difficult issues. Ryan?s supposedly ?sophisticated? liberal critics like to downplay this reality, preferring to paint him as a kind of flimflam man instead. But they aren?t actually sophisticated, and he?s actually legit.?
Read??Paul Ryan and the Art of the Possible??here (1 page).