Yesterday, I wrote a longish post contending that Paul Ryan is very much the “un-Obama.” Because I fear my basic point was lost as I combined with another, I wish to make that point again here, but more succinctly.
Barack Obama became a hero to Democrats in the second half of the Bush Administration based not on the ideas he champion or the policies he proposed, but on the words he spoke and the image he projected. His 2004 keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, which introduced him to the American people, was short on substance and long on rhetoric.
Paul Ryan, by contrast, has become a hero to Republicans on more substantive grounds. Unlike Obama who skyrocketed to political rock star status with that one speech, Ryan has, over the past few years, gradually risen in esteem among the Republican rank and file. And he earned our respect based on his ability to articulate conservative ideas — and to translate them into workable policy proposals.
FROM THE COMMENTS: In other words, quips TnnsNE1, “Ryan built that. Obama didn’t”