Paul Ryan is back in the spotlight.
The GOP 2012 vice presidential candidate came off the sidelines on the ninth day of the government shutdown with ideas on how to end the standoff.
The Wisconsin Republican lawmaker's public reappearance could fill the glaring House GOP leadership void, given his stature with colleagues.
"There's nobody in the caucus that commands the respect that Paul does," one House Republican said of Ryan.
Yet the reentry also poses risks for a lawmaker many think could end up in the White House one day.
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Ryan advocated "modest reforms" and subtly signaled that Republicans should pivot from Obamacare by failing to mention it.
Later in the day, he talked up a two-part plan for raising the debt ceiling and reopening the government in a meeting with the conservative Republican Study Committee.
On Thursday, Ryan will head to the White House for a meeting with President Obama, along with 17 other House Republicans.
Ryan largely remained behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the shutdown, but is stepping to the forefront as the debate over funding the government is eclipsed by the debt-ceiling fight.
The budget geek sees the debt limit as "his fight," sources close to the House Budget Committee chairman tell The Hill. They say he wanted to save his political capital for this moment.
The Treasury Department has set an Oct. 17 deadline for Congress to raise the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit, warning it will not be able to pay all of the nation's bills after that.
Financial markets are beginning to rattle. The Dow Jones industrial average has lost about 874 points since hitting a record high on Sept. 18, while the cost of short-term borrowing for the Treasury has increased...
Ryan's reemergence, just days out from the expiration of the current debt limit, evoked a collective sigh of relief among many of his colleagues.
Sophomore Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) said that Ryan provides clarity that can win over, or quiet, outspoken conservative activists.
"The moderates trust him, they might not always like what he has to say but they trust him," he said. "The conservatives trust him and they tend to like the direction he's going -- sometimes he's maybe not quite as conservative, but they can understand when he explains his tactics and why."
Ryan remains among his party's brightest stars...
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Editor's Note: And let's remember that Mr. Ryan is an actuary, a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty; providing expert assessments of financial security systems, with a focus on their complexity, their mathematics, and their mechanisms...not a freaking politician, social activist or lawyer-politician. Maybe we should listen to the serious people, for a change...
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