“Total, total bummer”

Allahpundit of sums it up nicely. News out today that Congressman Ryan has officially decided against running for president. Ryan’s statement follows:

“I sincerely appreciate the support from those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation. While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I am not seeking our party’s nomination for President. I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation. I remain grateful to those I serve in Southern Wisconsin for the unique opportunity to advance this effort in Congress.”

More here…

Rubin: Ryan Will Make Decision in “Week or Two”

News coming fast and furious today.

Roll Call is reporting that Ryan discussed a potential presidential run with Speaker Boehner.

…Ryan discussed the matter with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) when the subject of whether he should be appointed to the bipartisan Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction arose, according to this source.

But the GOP operative cautioned that Ryan was still leaning against running for president for the same reason he has eschewed a major leadership position within the House Republican Conference: to avoid the fundraising and political demands that would keep him away from his wife and young children for extended periods. Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entrance into the race might only serve to reinforce to Ryan, 41, that a White House bid would require a significant fundraising effort.

In addition, Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post thinks he’ll make a decision in a “week or two”

I know of multiple conservative “envoys” who have privately met with him, urging him to run and pointing to the lack of serious debate on the issues Ryan knows best (taxes, entitlements, etc.) The latest meeting was last week when a highly regarded emissary in the conservative movement visited him to reiterate the case for his presidency. A person with knowledge of the meeting joked that he hoped Ryan would find “inspiration” on the mountain top.

Stephen Hayes – Ryan “Strongly Considering a Run for President”

Interesting news out today. Karl Rove was on Hannity yesterday evening and mentioned that he had been picking up “vibrations” that Paul Ryan might be reconsidering running for president.

Today Stephen Hayes at the weekly standard reports that he’s heard from a Republican source close to Ryan that the Congressman may be coming around:

“With Paul, it’s more about obligation than opportunity,” says another Wisconsin Republican. “He is determined to have the 2012 election be about the big things. If that means he has to run, he’s open to it.”

Ryan hinted at his thinking during a candid interview Friday with Charlie Sykes, an influential talk radio host in Milwaukee, telling Sykes that he was unsatisfied with the current crop of Republican candidates.

Sykes asked Ryan about state of the Republican presidential campaign. “Looking at the Republican field right now, are you confident that the candidates there are able to articulate the issues of the debt and the deficit and the need to reform entitlements in the way that you want to see done?”

Ryan laughed. “Why did you ask me that?”

“You know exactly why I asked you that question.”

“I know. We’ll see. I didn’t see it last night. I haven’t seen it to date. We’ll see. People’s campaigns evolve – they get better. So we’ll see.”

Ryan then broadened his comments. “Look, the way I see 2012 – we owe it to the country to let them choose the path they want our country to take. And I just have yet to see a strong and principled articulation of the kind of limited government, opportunity society path that we would provide as an alternative to the Obama cradle to grave welfare state.”

800 Days With No Budget, 9.2% Unemployment, and Liberals Want to Talk About…

How much Paul Ryan spent on a bottle of Wine? From the crack journalism team at TPM:

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a leading advocate of shrinking entitlement spending and the architect of the plan to privatize Medicare, spent Wednesday evening sipping $350 wine with two like-minded conservative economists at the swanky Capitol Hill eatery Bistro Bis

The Horror! The article then continues with a first hand account of an unhinged liberal who “confronted” Congressman Ryan and his the two economists he was having dinner with regarding the expensive bottle of wine:

After ending their meal and paying the check, Feinberg [The unhinged and possibly drunk moonbat] decided to give Ryan a piece of her mind. She approached the table and asked Ryan “how he could live with himself” sipping expensive wine while advocating for cuts to programs for seniors and the poor. Some verbal jousting between Feinberg and the other two men ensued. One of the two men said he had ordered the wine, was drinking it and paying for it. In hearing how much the wine cost, Ryan said only: “Is that how much it was?”

The article finishes up with Congressman Ryan being accused of accepting a gift from a lobbyist (the economists he was dining with) and providing TPM with a copy of the receipt for his dinner showing he purchased one of the bottles.

We’re running record deficits, it’s been over two years since the senate has passed a budget, and the libs are worried about Congressman Ryan’s eating and drinking habits? Typical.