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).