There would seem to be no one in the upper echelon of Republican circles who is strong and influential enough to dissuade a flawed wannabe. It appears unlikely, then, that anyone will tell Paul Ryan to cancel his dreams.
By proposing to eliminate Medicare, Republican Budget Committee chair Congressman Paul Ryan set the stage for exactly the kind of iconic battle that signaled fundamental changes in political momentum in the past.
The Republicans could not have chosen a better person to respond to the president -- at least from the Democratic point of view. When given the choice between aspiration and austerity, Americans will choose aspiration every time.