Emmett Tyrrell

Moreover, he has the economic message that a potent constituency out there wants to hear, the independents. In 2010, the independent vote swarmed to Republicans. Today, the independents show every sign of sticking with the Republicans for years to come, because they are essentially concerned about pocket-book issues and it is clear that Democrats are not. Democrats are advocates of high taxes, regulations and the nanny state. The independent vote has demonstrated that it is pro-growth. The independents are Ryan independents.

They do not care if a president wrote a lovely memoir or did not write it. They do not care about his jump shot. They are coming to my opinion on charisma. It is entertaining, but in these times we need something beyond entertainment. We need policies that will get America growing again.

That brings us to those documents that Obama left sitting on his desk. During his campaign swing through the Midwest last week, he complained repeatedly that there were three free-trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama pending in Congress. Sending them on to the president, the Wall Street Journal reports Obama as saying, Congress "could do right now," save for the congressional obduracy. And then the Journal reports Congress cannot pass the agreements because they are "still sitting on the President's desk." Someone overlooked them, but the Journal says they are there. I would like to know how this little mishap gets worked out.

In the meantime, if Ryan has "yet to see a strong and principled articulation of the kind of limited government, opportunity-society path that we would provide as an alternative to the Obama cradle-to grave welfare state," does he have anyone else in mind. It is getting late.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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