Rep. Paul Ryan’s opinion article in the WSJ fails to inspire

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) graced the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal with this article today.

I admit when I first saw the headline, Take Some Political Risks, I was hopeful. I’m still a little undecided about how to resurrect the Republican party, and thought he’d offer some sound advice.


Instead the piece is a history lesson with a whole lot of “I” thrown in for good measure. The only paragraph that came close to offering a discussion on the GOB collapse:

Our party has become too fearful of our own ideas. Since 1997, congressional Republicans began a steady retreat from principled leadership to political expediency. A party built on spending discipline and government reform succumbed to the siren songs of government expansion and earmarked giveaways. Republicans squandered the opportunity to limit and reshape the relationship between the federal government and the individual.

Republicans squandered the opportunity. On that Mr. Ryan and I will agree.

It’s time to start a discussion on what’s next for the Republican party. I promise to get to it today and tomorrow. In the meantime, you’re welcome to weigh in to help get the topic started.


  1. Word on campus is that people think the party might just split to appease the moderates. Not likely, but could you imagine?

  2. Consider your campus. 🙂

  3. Paul Ryan lays out the future in other WSJ pieces and on his website- check out the links below