The Rise of the Paul Ryan Republicans (and the Disappointment of 2012)

“Ok, the jokes over. When do we get to see our real candidates?” – every other conservative tweet on Twitter

I don’t mean to make today look like Paul Ryan day. It just so happened there were a bunch of stories aboot him. You had his response to Newt Gingrich. He was a runner-up for Time’s “Person of the Year.” He also announced a bi-partisan Medicare reform bill will Democrat Senator Ron Wyden. I don’t think there’s been this much attention paid to him since the last round of “Ryan for President” rumours.

It made me think about the people who actually decided to run for President, and the prevailing attitude that if nominated any of these people, that the “tea party” have failed. No one has failed. I think everyone just has to remember that most of our “heroes” have only been there for under two years.

Think about it. Paul Ryan may have been in Congress for a decade, but he only started to get any national attention over the past two years. Look at some of the other heroes that, for many of us, are the ones who motivated us and made us want to be activists:

Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Nikki Haley, Mike Lee, Chris Christie, Allen West, Michael Grimm, Nan Hayworth, Tim Scott, Kristie Noem…I’m sure everyone reading this can add at least five extra names. These are the reason we do what we do. And I get just as frustrated when I look at any of them, look at who we have running for President, and proceed to write “#headdesk” until I run out of character’s on Twitter.

The problem is, none of them have the experience to run for President yet. It takes years and years to prepare someone to not only run for higher office, but to be hold up in the spot and be able to handle being the leader of the free world and Commander-in-Chief. And if you don’t believe me, look at who is in the Oval Office now and how well he’s doing with next to no experience.

I would love it if any one of the leaders I’ve been following over the past few years was running for President. I’d be coming to you from New Hampshire right now if they did. They just aren’t ready yet. That’s not a failure of the tea party or conservative activism. Just the opposite. The fact that they’re there in the first place, gaining the knowledge and experience to maybe one day run, is a sign of our success.

I am a Paul Ryan Republican. One day, I hope he does run for higher office. Until then, any of the candidate’s we have running now is better than the one who won in 2008.

Let’s not forget that.


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