There Is No Such Thing as a Secular Politics

You can learn a lot by running for vice president. Especially if you weren’t a vanquished opponent who tried to win the nomination but simply plucked from Congress and thrust into the national spotlight. Paul Ryan learned a few things while on Mitt Romney’s ticket in 2012–about policy, about partisanship, about messaging. But perhaps the most important lesson he appears to have learned is this: There is no such thing as a fully secular politics.