Jonah Goldberg makes the case for Paul Ryan as the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee:
That would require taking off from the budget committee from August to November — unless of course the Republicans won, in which case he’d have to take off considerably more time.Ah, but Sarah Palin has already done that, calling it "serious & necessary reform" and a "good start" toward a balanced federal budget.
Meanwhile, there’s really no one who unifies the party more than Ryan and, with the possible exception of Rubio, there’s nobody who’d make a more formidable or attractive vice presidential candidate. I’m sure many of the presidential candidates would be uneasy about tapping Ryan since it would probably mean endorsing Ryan’s plan to one extent or another.
Yes, speculation about a possible vice presidential candidate at this stage of the banquet is a bit like putting the dessert before the salad, but it's interesting food for thought nevertheless.