A new book is on the way from Rep. Paul Ryan, who is most certainly striking a presidential or at least a vice-presidential posture. “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea” parses the 2012 election and the Republican Party’s pesky identity crisis. The Wisconsin Republican ultimately seeks to show “how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation.” Yes, there’s a critique of both the White House and the progressive movement itself, “surely steering the country to certain ruin,” the author says.
The book will be in stores in mid-August. Mr. Ryan will appear with talk radio host Bill Bennett at a public book signing at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, later in the month, complete with a lecture, a sumptuous dinner and a $75 ticket price.