Jonathan Chait thinks Ryan may emerge from this fall as a mere mortal, not the wonkish 6% bodyfat demigod that he was before.
Ryan is still an extremely skilled bullshitter — vastly better at it than Romney. But he’s actually seeing, for the first time, questions that attempt to pry information out of him, rather than the batting practice lobs to which he’s accustomed. He’s going to emerge from the race with his legend punctured.
Not sure I buy this. In a world where Art Laffer, Alan Greenspan, and Liz Cheney are still serious people, it seems to me that old wingnuts don’t die or even fade away, they just go to think tanks and Sunday morning shows to regroup.
Paul Ryan is a serious wonk because he is a serious wonk.