George Will says the "Ryan principle," that only those who have ran in the primary can be the party's nominee, took out many people from contention.
GEORGE WILL: Well, running for president is hard. It is not one campaign, it is 56 campaigns. It's 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, etc. It is supposed to be hard. It is supposed to test presidential attributes.
One of which is to plan ahead, look over the horizon. Another of which is to staff up with good people. That's the first thing a president does is staff the government with about 3,000 important policy-making positions. So in that sense, the rules are transparent. They're out there. They vary and it is hard work.
Paul Ryan didn't just take Paul Ryan out of the mix today. He took out dozens, scores of people. Because they have not, by the Ryan principle, as he enunciated, they have not entered the process.