This headline from the Gazette gives one some hope:
At last there is someone taking the challenge seriously enough to start a campaign before 4 months out.
Ryan is building some negatives for himself. He's still the only politician who has been proven to have done favors for Troha (Settle down. The words "In exchange for," are nowhere in that sentence. I'll leave the innuendo to others.) He voted against funding the troops in the continuing resolution. He voted against $2B in port security funds.
Paul Ryan has aligned himself with the Bush/Sensennbrenner True Believer Faction. In 2008 that may be the quickest way to set oneself up in private practice.