In the debate, [Martha] Raddatz followed up Ryan’s life-at-conception declaration by asking if those who support pro-choice should be worried under a Romney administration. Ryan looked at the camera, frowned, paused for two seconds, and took a deep breath.
The pause and accompanying body language seemed to indicate a deep moral crisis for the Wisconsin congressman. But, if the earnest expression — more of a boy screwing up the courage to explain why his baseball shattered the neighbor’s window than of an ambitious politician — convinced you of his sheepish sincerity, you’re underestimating him. Ryan has been called “the Republican Party’s intellectual leader” and is seen by the party as the future of the GOP. The wide-eyes with which he has been trying to answer the abortion question since Romney selected him are those of a driven zealot.
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