Paul Ryan is writing a book.
But don’t expect Game Change.
So far, Ryan has been doing the writing by himself. The early theme of the draft is a broad discussion of American renewal, with an emphasis on the Republican future and the party’s need to articulate what he calls the “American idea.”
Behind the scenes, Ryan is worried that the GOP is losing its connection with working Americans, and he has been writing about how the party needs to speak more to those in poverty about empowerment and economic freedom. His recent speeches at the American Enterprise Institute’s Kristol dinner and at Benedictine College have touched on this issue, and Ryan is eager to broaden the argument into chapter form.
The Romney-Ryan campaign will also be part of the book, but there will only be kind words and appreciation for Mitt Romney, who put Ryan on the GOP ticket. They remain close and Ryan has assured his friends that he won’t write a tell-all memoir.
Ryan previously coauthored Young Guns, a 2010 campaign book, with his House colleagues, Kevin McCarthy and Eric Cantor.
Ryan’s allies are mum on where the book fits into the congressman’s 2016 calculus, but a presidential run, to be sure, has not been ruled out. For now, though, this still-untitled book is seen as the next step in his push to shape the national debate.