Paul Ryan is about as conservative as Michele Bachman. And they’re both from the same region of the country. Why do we perceive Ryan differently, then? I’m thinking it’s gotta be Bachman’s crazy-eyes.
Various statistical measures of Mr. Ryan peg him as being quite conservative. Based on his Congressional voting record, for instance, the statistical system DW-Nominate evaluates him as being roughly as conservative as Representative Michele Bachmann, the controversial congresswoman of Minnesota.