I can't agree with this assessment. Yes, Ryan's record is at odds with his current rhetoric, but I am taking him at his word. He has seen the light and has converted. If he is not being honest, then I am wrong, but if he is speaking the truth about his current attitudes, and if this is also true of his fellow Young Republicans, they are aiming at a return, not to the 1980's, but to the 1880's.
The Coca-Cola Classic version of Republican conservatism was tolerant, worked well with others, believed in compromise, and was not rigidly doctrinaire. What these Radical Reactionary Republicans want is is a return to the original formula, Cocaine Coke. After all, requiring the manufacturer to eliminate the stimulant was regulation; and we all know how regulations strangle free enterprise. Don't we?