Ross Douthat on How Ryan Has Influenced the GOP

It will come as no surprise that I agree with everything Ross Douthat has to say about Paul Ryan in his latest Campaign Stops column:

All in all, then, on a series of difficult policy questions, Ryan has either pushed his party in a politically risky but more responsible direction (on Medicare reform) or else endorsed the riskier but more responsible approach himself (on health care and Social Security reform). He has twisted arms when arm-twisting was possible and flown solo when it seemed necessary. To the extent that there is a plausible Republican response to the Obama agenda, he’s the biggest reason it exists.

I strongly recommend reading the column, which notes Ryan’s role in crafting an alternative coverage expansion effort and a Social Security reform, among other things.

Reihan Salam — Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute policy fellow.

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