"Ryan may have voted for big spending in the past"
So much for your derision for those that see Ryan with suspicion. If Ryan voted for Big Government spending, then why wouldn't a freedom-loving person see his selection for VP with reasoned dread?
"Ryan is likely, like many others, more aware now of our fiscal peril "
Yet he voted the way he did. He wasn't a fool, he just didn't care! Is that hat you're suggesting?