Suzanne Fields

In a close analysis of the Ryan ideas, he shows how the congressman's revisions of Medicare became the default Republican budget policy. His 2012 budget won 242 House Republicans, losing only 10 members who reckoned it didn't go far enough. He demonstrated he's not radical. He's practical.

Since Mitt Romney reintroduced Paul Ryan to the public, you can hear those who have recently discovered his ideas facing reality and echoing his criticism of the status quo, that Medicare is "unsustainable," and our deficits are creating "fiscal instability." With his bold choice, Romney forces grown-ups of both parties to think less about entitlement and more about what America's future will look like if something isn't done, and soon.

Liberals profess to be delighted. They think conservative principles and ideas make a fat and easy target. They live in a comfortable bubble where every idea but their own seems alien. Ryan has a special ability to make his argument understandable, and the Internet enables him to be heard in his own clear voice.

Gil Troy, a history professor at McGill University, writing in the Wilson Quarterly, urges voters not to worry that campaigns have become equal part carnival and equal part obnoxious reality television. Ultimately the campaigns develop a legitimate conversation that serves the best interests of the nation of 300 million. With Paul Ryan at the ready with facts, figures and cogent argument, that will be easier to do.

Democrats no less than Republicans understand these are serious times, and often even say so. What Mitt Romney has offered is a serious man with serious arguments about the future of our health -- not only the health of the individual, but the health of the economy and the health of the country. Granny may yet get to speak for herself, and not from the rocks at the bottom of an ad man's cliff.

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'

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