Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a freshman and Tea Party favorite, on the Charlie Sykes radio show in Wisconsin today gave thumbs up to a presidential run for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Johnson said, “He is one of the few individuals on the national scene who is actually putting forward real proposals...I’d love to see Paul run.” Johnson made the point that his race was also improbable. Johnson had never run for office, let alone at the national level. But as Johnson put it, “We are in a whole new age in terms of communications.” He acknowledged that “politics is awash in money,” but he questioned the “how effective money is” as compared to other factors. In short, he posited that “a late entrance has a great chance of success.”

On the House side a GOP leadership aide not authorized to speak on the record told me, “I think he’d bring a must-needed level of seriousness and specificity to the debate over the long-term fiscal challenges we face – a debate that the President continues to duck.”

And in the Tea Party movement there is also support. Back in May, when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels dropped out, FreedomWorks(one of the best know Tea Party groups) urged a draft Ryan movement. I spoke to a FreedomWorks spokesman today who said that, while the group does not endorse candidates, it is excited about the prospect of Ryan bringing his ideas into the race. He referred me to this clip of FreedomWorks chief Dick Armey on CNN’s State of the Union suggesting a “Draft Ryan” movement :