August 11, 2012


As Conservative as Michele Bachmann

Nate Silver digs into Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) congressional voting record and notes "the statistical system DW-Nominate evaluates him as being roughly as conservative as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the controversial congresswoman of Minnesota."

"By this measure, in fact, which rates members of the House and Senate throughout different time periods on a common ideology scale, Mr. Ryan is the most conservative Republican member of Congress to be picked for the vice presidential slot since at least 1900. He is also more conservative than any Democratic nominee was liberal, meaning that is is the furthest from the center. (The statistic does not provide scores for governors and other vice presidential nominees who never served in Congress.)"

Jonathan Cohn argues that Ryan's "carefully cultivated image as a wonk hero... helps to insulate him, and his ideas, from the charge that he's proposing what would amount to the most radical revision of governing priorities in our lifetime."










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