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August 24, 2012


Ryan's Path to Power

Politico has a must-read piece on how Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) catapulted ahead of a generation of politicians to the top of the Republican party.

"In Ryan's case, say people who have worked closely with him, they are the result of a years-long effort to cultivate relationships with a small but influential corps of commentators, policy intellectuals, and impresarios of the conservative movement."

"Ryan invites these people to off-the-record dinner briefings to talk about ideas and his policy proposals. He calls them to say how much he liked their articles. He attends their going-away parties and hires young people from their staffs. Above all, he has made clear that he takes these people seriously and wants to be taken seriously by them."














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