The Corner

re: Ryan

The case for Ryan running: In politics, and especially in presidential politics, you can’t choose your moment. It chooses you. “There is a tide in the affairs of men,” etc. This is Ryan’s moment.

The case against Ryan running: Conservatives need him to remain the most important Republican in the House. Failing in the presidential arena would diminish his influence inside the chamber and with the public.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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