Apparently I was wrong. Paul Krugman has said any successful Republican candidate has to be totally clueless or totally cynical. He hadn't classified Ryan, but I was betting on cynical because Ryan keeps posing as a deficit hawk and offering numbers that just don't add up. But Krugman's latest column suggests that maybe Ryan actually believes his numbers, in which case he would fit in the clueless category.
Maybe so. But I find it encouraging that Republicans at least no longer want their candidates to appear clueless.