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Flashback: Ryan named '2011 Conservative of the Year
ASHLAND, VA - AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) take the stage during a campaign event at the Crenshaw Gymnasium on the campus of Randolph-Macon College August 11, 2012 in Ashland, Virginia. The chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan, 42, has been a member of Congress from Wisconsin since 1999 and has earned praise from the right for his conservative fiscal positions.Credit: Getty Images

Flashback: Ryan named '2011 Conservative of the Year

Last December, Human Events announced that it had named Rep. Paul Ryan as its "Conservative of the Year." With Ryan clinching the VP spot on the GOP's 2012 ticket, Human Events editors now write:

The Wisconsin Republican was a favorite from the very beginning of the nomination process, not only with our editorial board but with our readers as well, for his relentless commitment to proposing bold, free-market reforms to rein in an out-of-control, ever-expanding government that is destroying the American economy. Despite the left’s vicious and unfounded attacks, Paul Ryan has pursued an agenda of limiting Washington’s control over our private property and the decisions we make, while eloquently arguing that true way out of poverty is through the benevolence of capitalist pursuits, not through the confiscatory paws of government bureaucrats. And who better to profile Ryan’s indefatigable journey than eminent financial columnist and popular television host Lawrence Kudlow. Congratulations, Paul Ryan.

Click here to read Kudlow's full column on Ryan, originally published December 21, 2011 and more relevant today than ever.  (h/t Chris F.)

And ICYMI, here's the full vid of Ryan's dynamic & emotional speech, delivered during his homecoming rally Sunday in Wisconsin:

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