“He is kryptonite to progressives.” – Mary Matalin, on Rep. Paul Ryan
So in the name of bipartisanship (which is a Latin word that means “opposition party bend over and do what you’re told”), the President spoke at the House GOP Retreat and had a televised question and answer session on a Friday afternoon…when most people aren’t paying more attention to happy hour than they are the news. The conventional wisdom is that Obama won that round and made the Republicans look stupid or something.
People who have read this blog know that I’m a huge fan of Ryan’s. Over the summer, while the President was lying to the American people that Republican’s didn’t have any ideas, Paul Ryan was holding some nineteen or so (I think) town hall meetings in his congressional district talking about Republican alternatives for health care reform, the budget, energy, etc. Of course he was only given 4:15 to discuss this on MSNBC while they spent over a half an hour discussing whether or not an assclown like Glen Beck is good for the Republican Party (and this was even on “Morning Joe”), but the ideas have always been there and now he has been elevated by the White House and President Obama, people are starting to notice.
From longtime fan George Will…
In 2013, when President Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor, is counting his blessings, at the top of his list will be the name of his vice president: Paul Ryan. The former congressman from Wisconsin will have come to office with ideas for steering the federal government to solvency.
Not that Daniels has ever been bereft of ideas. Under him, Indiana property taxes have been cut 30 percent, and for the first time Standard & Poor’s has raised the state’s credit rating to AAA. But in January 2010, Ryan released an updated version of his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a cure for the most completely predictable major problem that has ever afflicted America.
Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who attended the session, said the nationally televised session will be a significant boost for Ryan’s political profile.
“When the president shows you that much respect the media is sure to follow, and the president acknowledging and emphasizing that he had read Paul’s materials shows you they are serious and significant,” Luntz said in an interview.
Pete Wehner, a former White House adviser to President George W. Bush, said Ryan’s “profile has been increasing for some time now, and I think that’s great news for the GOP.”
One veteran Republican operative said that Ryan “ought to be GOP leader,” though he also said that if the minority party did take back the House in November, currently Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, would likely retain his top spot in the party hierarchy.
So thank you President Obama. On behalf of Paul Ryan’s fans, if not for your help, one of the rising stars in our party would not have been able to get the extra well deserved media attention he’s getting.
But yeah, you’re the guy who won.