If you want to know what I call Washington Post blogress the “Jewish Athena,” all you need do is check her piece today on the departure of Glenn Beck from Fox News:
It is entirely fitting that he should leave this week. This week belonged to the grownups in the conservative movement. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) emerged as the most serious lawmaker on the national stage and as a symbol of an innovative, brainy conservative resurgence. He put out a budget that was, unlike hysterical critics, principled and serious.
This was also House Speaker John Boehner’s week. He consolidated his caucus, came up with an unassailable short-term budget-extension proposal, kept his powder dry when President Obama fumbled (by issuing a veto threat with no backup plan) and outfoxed Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid. He will emerge with a substantive win for his party and the respect of his caucus.
Read the whole thing!
She also commends Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for showing some leadership. With Ryan and Boehner, we see two of the types of leadership we need in order to advance conservative ideas and shrink the size of government. Ryan, the wonk, the thinker, puts a sensible reforms and Boehner, the process guy, shows he knows how to push such reforms through the “system.”
Much as Ronald Reagan needed a diverse array of advisors, James A. Baker who knew how to work the levers of Washington institutions, Ed Meese who understood conservative ideas and Mike Deaver who knew how to present his man and his ideas to a sometimes-skeptical public, so too do conservatives today need a variety of leaders to push our agenda.
Looks like we have three in Ryan, Boehner and Rubio!