So right. Ryan 86'd his plans to run for Senate when he saw the reaction to his budget proposal. No way he could win statewide, and he'll be lucky to hold on to his district. Nationwide? I don't think so. (I never say "never," because I've learned my lesson. After the Gennifer Flowers scandal broke in '92, I said the difference between Candidate Bill Clinton and Elvis was that there was a chance that Elvis was still alive.)
Of course there pushing Ryan. Most of the people that can at least appear serious are refusing to run, Cain et al. are to crazy to win any independant support, Gingrich has too much personal baggage, Romney and Huntsman are serial flip-floppers, and no one who doesn't read politcal blogs has heard of Pawlenty.
This is an excellent plan! Paul Ryan got off to an awesome start by presenting a plan anybody with half a brain hates! But at least he's a household name.
Paul Ryan would garner fewer votes in a National election than Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum combined.
How does Mr. Ryan's voting record look?
Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record.
Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record.
Rated 8% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes.
Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record.