If the House GOP budget chairman wants to run for president in 2016, that won't make the prospects for fiscal compromise any brighter.
He may not be a central topic of speculation about the 2016 presidential race, but the grip of Ryan's ideas on the GOP's is as tight as ever.
There is no sign the party has any intention of rethinking the economic vision that was decisively rejected by voters last November.
No amount of candy or flowers can bridge the divide with anyone who is in thrall to the ideas the Ryan budget blueprint embodies.
Ryan's plan has cleverly taken steps to avoid the political pitfalls that bedeviled Mitt Romney's campaign proposals.
Paul Ryan's budget will retain Obamacare's Medicare cuts -- after campaigning against them for two straight cycles.
Conservatives claim they need to moderate their rhetoric to speak to the middle class. But they need to change their policies.