Paul Ryan is running for something. But what?

FILE - In this March 23, 2016, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trying to win over conservatives, House Republicans are sweetening their budget proposal by putting several programs on the chopping block, including President Barack Obama’s health care law and tax credits for children of immigrants living in the country illegally. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)It looks like Paul Ryan is running for the post of Mr. Republican. Whether he hopes that involves winning the party’s presidential nomination – and when – is less clear. The hallway talk we’re referring to is the result of a lengthy piece in Sunday’s New York Times that dubs Speaker Ryan the GOP’s “mirage candidate.” It doesn’t directly say that the Wisconsin member of Congress is positioning himself as a shiny savior for a deadlocked 2016 Republican National Convention.

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