"Ordinarily, we would not insert ourselves into the internal debate over party leadership," the Wall Street Journal opined Saturday -- since when? -- "But in the current political and economic climate, it is important that somebody offer an effective argument against the interventionist, antigrowth conventional wisdom that dominates the majority party in Congress."
And who might that be? Why, none other than our own 1st District Congressman, Republican Paul Ryan, darling of the fiscal conservatives. "Paul Ryan seems to be the right man to make the case," says the Journal, joining those already promoting Ryan as House Minority Leader.
The Journal especially likes Ryan because he manages to win re-election in Racine County, which "voted for Barack Obama, 53%-46%, but still voted to re-elect Mr. Ryan 62%-37%. He is, in other words, a politician practiced in speaking to and winning over voters who are not necessarily die-hard Republicans."
You can read the rest of their paen of praise -- "fresh face," "effective communicator on television," "far-sighted Road Map for America's Future," and so on -- HERE.
Alas for the Journal, Ryan already has said he's not interested, citing family concerns. And in response to the WSJ's push Saturday, his press secretary, Conor Sweeney, said he's still not seeking the House leadership post. "While there remains vocal support for Congressman Ryan to lead the House Republicans, the constraints the House minority leader position would place on his family remain," Sweeney said.