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Why is Paul Ryan trying to make me feel old?

August 16, 2011

No, no, no, no, no:

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is strongly considering a run for president. Ryan, who has been quietly meeting with political strategists to discuss a bid over the past three months, is on vacation in Colorado discussing a prospective run with his family. Ryan’s concerns about the effects of a presidential campaign – and perhaps a presidency – on his family have been his primary focus as he thinks through his political future.

“He’s coming around,” says a Republican source close to Ryan, who has been urging the 41-year-old to run.

“With Paul, it’s more about obligation than opportunity,” says another Wisconsin Republican. “He is determined to have the 2012 election be about the big things. If that means he has to run, he’s open to it.”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am too young to have somebody running for president who’s younger than I am.

Maybe when I’m 55. That’ll be fine. Oh, all right, 50. I’ll give you 50. That means Ryan can run in 2020. But no sooner.

No sooner!

Get off my lawn.

Update: was this a lot ado about nothing?

Rep. Paul Ryan’s office is denying a report by the Weekly Standard that the Wisconsin Republican is seriously reconsidering a presidential campaign.

“While grateful for the continued support and encouragement, Chairman Ryan has not changed his mind,” Ryan spokesman Kevin Seifert said.

…Ryan has previously disavowed any interest in the White House, saying, “My ego isn’t big enough, and my children aren’t old enough.”

Well, good. I’m glad we had this talk.

One Comment
  1. August 21, 2011 1:24 pm

    Personally I want to see Ryan and Thune wait at least four years, keep working on their conservative bona fides, and then run later. 2020 would be good.

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