Just what has Mitt Romney said by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate?
Trying to solve the puzzle of Paul Ryan, a politician he admires for his seriousness and despises for his core beliefs, the left-liberal writer Matthew Miller has written: “He is not a fiscal conservative. He’s a small-government conservative. These are very different things.”
Miller is right that these are two very different kinds of conservatives. But he’s wrong about Ryan — who has become the object of conservative adulation over the past three years in part because he’s managed to find a way to bring these disparate strands on the right together as no one has before.