Okay, so he didn’t actually eviscerate anyone, but it was a joke from The Daily Show aboot blogs and how we always go straight to Defcon 5 over anything, and I thought it would be funny. Hey, it’s my blog!
But anyway, with all the Rep. Paul Ryan love that’s been going on the throughout the editorial pages and the internets lately, it was only a matter of time before someone dissented, as they didn’t recently in the Daily Caller. In a nutshell, three recent votes that Ryan made over the past year caused to the author to call into question his conservative bona-fides.
I’ve never been one for “tests” or “checklists” where a handful of votes are reviewed and that is what decides if you’re conservative or not. For starters, it all depends if you like the guy or not (Sen. Lindsey Graham who has a 90 lifetime rating with the ACU), but also sometimes you have to put you constituents over the “movement,” and the decision making process is a little more nuanced than simply voting yes or no.
Here’s Ryan on his vote for the auto bailout…
Really clear. The president’s chief of staff [Josh Bolten] made it extremely clear to me before the vote, which is either the auto companies get the money that was put in the Energy Department for them already — a bill that I voted against because I didn’t want to give them that money, which was only within the $25 billion, money that was already expended but not obligated — or the president was going to give them TARP, with no limit. That’s what they told me. That’s what the president’s chief of staff explained to me. I said, ‘Well, I don’t want them to get TARP. We want to keep TARP on a [inaudible]. We don’t want to expand it. So give them that Energy Department money that at least puts them out of TARP, and is limited.’ Well, where are we now? What I feared would happen did happen. The bill failed, and now they’ve got $87 billion from TARP, money we’re not going to get back. And now TARP, as a precedent established by the Bush administration, whereby the Obama administration now has turned this thing into its latest slush fund. And so I voted for that to prevent precisely what has happened, which I feared would happen.
I was against the auto bailout for all the same reasons the rest of you were (Ryan also talked aboot TARP and the AIG votes), with the most basic one being that we were going to give the companies this money; they weren’t going to do anything to improve, and be looking for more money when the deadline was up…which was exactly what happened. But it’s also easy for me to be against it when we don’t have any auto plants in Nassau County that would be effected by in.
I’m also not saying that even people who you’re a fan of don’t need to be criticized. I agree with Redstate’s Erik Erickson, who is a fan of Rep. Ryan’s and thinks he’s definitely conservative, but still thinks we need to hold his feet to the fire…like we do with any elected official.
But to judge someone’s conservatism based entirely on two words, “yes” or “no,” that doesn’t quite work for me.