September 15, 2011

Quote of the Day

In addition to those of you who've joined us today, I'm told that these remarks are being webcast live for the benefit of Hillsdale students back in Michigan, where it is currently 8:30 a.m. -- or, as most college students call it, the crack of dawn. Your scholarly passion for human freedom must be powerful indeed. -- Rep, Paul Ryan
Well worth a whole thing kinda readin' -- plus a bonus Shepard Fairey parody. But a sad close, not Ryan but Paul Rahe:
Can you imagine either of the serious contenders for the Republican Presidential nomination giving so thoughtful a speech? Does either have any clear idea of what needs to be done? It has long been my judgment that Barack Obama's Presidency could be saved only by the Republicans. Those in the House and the Senate have done splendidly in this particular -- far better than I expected. But the Presidential field is still weak. There is nothing in Romney's background to make one confident that he fully shares Ryan's sentiments. Perry may well agree with Ryan, but he has not yet displayed a genuine capacity for making the argument.
Hoss Posted by John Kranz at September 15, 2011 11:59 AM

A good President need not be a wonk. He or she should have a sound fundamental philosophy and be an excellent communicator and leader. If there's anyone on NED's green earth who should be delegating it is the President of the United States.

That said, I find my interest in the former Speaker to be seriously re-piqued after viewing the last 3 televised debates. It seems I'm not alone.

Posted by: johngalt at September 15, 2011 2:24 PM

Newtzilla?

Posted by: johngalt at September 15, 2011 2:29 PM

Speaker Gingrich was incredibly strong in the debates. Perhaps, in an imperfect field, his imperfections need be reevaluated. Ethanol? Really?

I made the argument myself that Chairman Ryan was too wonkish for the job (though I would discard that in a second were he to run), but Rahe is correct that the current crop has difficulty articulating liberty positions.

Posted by: jk at September 15, 2011 2:36 PM

He seems to dismiss Bachmann out-of-hand.

Posted by: johngalt at September 15, 2011 2:47 PM

Rep. Bachmann perhaps did the best. But she's a complete kook! (Bless me, President Reagan, for I hath forsaken the 11th Commandment...)

Posted by: jk at September 15, 2011 3:29 PM | What do you think? [5]