Paul Ryan’s Secret Weapon

The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity. — W. B. Yeats

Actually, contra Yeats, our best are full of passionate intensity — except when it comes to running for president. The Tea Party shows no sign of obliging the media by fading away. Yet one after another, each of several promising prospects on the Republican bench — Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan — has begged off . . . or seemed to.

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