09/17/2012 09:04 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2012

How Paul Ryan Convinced Washington Of His Genius | The New Republic

THE TALL, GOOD-LOOKING young man from Wisconsin sure was likable and energetic, but in the early 1990s, no one in Washington expected Paul Ryan to become the intellectual tribune of his party. It wasn't clear at first that he even wanted to be in D.C. Offered a position on Senator Bob Kasten's committee right after college, Ryan took awhile to respond because he was trying to find work as a ski instructor in Colorado instead. He only ended up going to Washington because his mom convinced him to, recalls Cesar Conda, the committee's minority staff director.

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