Originally Posted by dirk digler
Paul Ryan was like bigfoot. But then again Ryan had made some pretty outrageous statement and supported some really far right ideas along with looking like a hypocrite on others (like his votes during Bush reign) so the less he was out there the better it was for the campaign.
I don't know the dynamics of Wisconsin in regards to the state's legislature so I can't comment on that.
The thing about Paul Ryan though is budget deficits and debt are his issue. It's his thing. Regardless of how you feel about the details of how to get there, it's clear that this is almost like his whole purpose of being. It's what he hammers and hammers and hammers on, and I think a majority of people are looking for someone like that.
I think that's why Scott Walker won Wisconsin (twice). 99% of the political statements Walker makes it seems are about fiscally smart government, a balanced budget and debt. It's abundantly clear that's where is mind and heart is, and that's where his primary focus is. It's not on social issues.
Of course, maybe that's easier for Governors to do at the state level and why Republicans are having such success in those races. Perhaps on the national level, where you have to address stuff like immigration, foreign policy, etc., it's a different story.
But back to Ryan though, I really do think if he (or anyone, for that matter) could have or were to get a national stage to do what he does best, which is to hammer on budgets and debt, you might see a shift. Maybe not enough of a shift, that's debatable, but a shift nonetheless.