December 3, 2015

WHAT? OFFER MORE THAN REACTION?:

Paul Ryan Pitches 'Confidence' to a Timid GOP (RUSSELL BERMAN, 12/03/15, The Atlantic)

In Paul Ryan's view, the Republican Party in the Obama years has been too timid.

That may be a tough argument to believe, given that the GOP has resisted Obama's policies with more fervor than any opposition party in modern memory. But the new House speaker's critique is not that Republicans have been afraid to oppose the president; it's that they've been content to do only that.

In a speech Thursday laying out his legislative vision for the House, Ryan called on conservatives to summon the "confidence" to put forward a competing policy platform in 2016 that would give a new Republican president a legislative mandate. "Our number-one goal for the next year," Ryan declared, "is to put together a complete alternative to the Left's agenda."

Making the GOP the "alternative party" and not merely the "opposition party" has been a recurring rhetorical theme for Ryan in the last several years--from his time as the chairman of the House Budget Committee to his run for vice president, and most recently, during his abrupt elevation to speaker of the House. But now as the most powerful Republican in the country, he has the opportunity to show what he means. 

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