Two articles, one in the New York Times and the other in New York magazine, point to Paul Ryan’s growing power as a Republican. Many believe the chairman of the House Budget Committee is now, after Romney, the most important figure in the party.
“Ryan, 42, of Wisconsin, has become perhaps the most influential policy maker in the Republican Party, its de facto head of economic policy, intent on a fundamental transformation of the federal government,” writes Jonathan Weisman in the Times.
Ryan’s push to cut federal spending, cut income taxes, simply the tax code and give the states as much control as possible has become, in part, The Republican Strategy.
In New York magazine, Jonathan Chait writes, “To find a parallel to the way Ryan has so thoroughly seized control of the Republican agenda and identity, you have to go back at least to Gingrich in his nineties heyday, or possibly to Reagan.”
Last year, he appeared at one of the country’s preeminent conservative venues: