by Yuval Levin
Whatever else may be said about this week’s Gingrich contortions, one thing is clear: Paul Ryan and the House Republican budget have the strong support of an exceptionally broad array of conservatives—from the DC establishment to the talk radio world to the grass roots and the Tea Party. Given the fact that Ryan’s budget deals squarely and seriously with our fiscal challenges (and with the challenge of creating the preconditions for growth) but also contains some provisions that will require a major educational effort with voters, this speaks well of the seriousness of conservatives at the moment. There is hard work ahead, but there also seems to be an unusual degree of consensus about what that work should consist of.
All contenders for the Republican nomination should take note.