But his "YES" vote shouldn't surprise conservatives who check it against his congressional voting record (TARP, GM bailout, 1st stimulus, etc.) and Ryan has always had the knack to convince his mesmerized sheeple base to stick with him despite consistently voting against long-revered conservative principles.
Even before the vote took place, it was reported that Ryan seemed carelessly detached from the event of the day.
Politicus USA Excerpt:
Dave Weigel described defeated Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan appearing after a House meeting with his iPod ear piece in place, refusing to answer any questions, later telling reporters that he just wanted to get the score. Weigel said they wondered what he meant, since the CBO had already scored the deal. No, not the very serious budget score, silly reporters. The Rose Bowl. This is your top Republican policy wonk.
After the vote, Ryan gave this response...
From CNN's Dan Merica: Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman who voted yes on the fiscal cliff deal, told reporters he cast his vote because, "If you want a bill to pass, you should vote for it."
Why did you want it to pass, he was asked. "I am not afraid of anything, I think it needed to pass."
Because? "Because it needed to pass. I wanted to stop a big tax increase," he said.
Ahhhh. I wanted to stop a big tax increase. THAT'S a Good One. In obvious damage control mode, Ryan's most ardent supporters are now calling him "courageous," and get this ... for voting with the marxists! Where have we heard THAT one before?
Still, I wasn't the only one caught by surprise. The entire "new" conservative movement went off the rails soon after hearing about Ryan's cliff vote. Here's just a small sampling...but bring out the popcorn first.
Toast. MT @rebeccagberg Paul Ryan on why he voted for the deal: “When you like something, you vote for it. …I wasn’t afraid.”
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 2, 2013
He has always shown signs of being an establishment shill. RT @kyleraccio: Paul Ryan is an extreme disappointment and not a conservative.
— Dominic Godinez (@HAPFAT) January 2, 2013
@wijim500 ....Get their names and the Tea Party should make sure not one dime goes to re-elect them in their primary's .
— Dan Galvin (@southbronxirish) January 2, 2013
What the hell? Can't beat them so you join them.. Very disappointed in you.. @reppaulryan
— Conservative (@LiterallyFedUp) January 2, 2013
“@theteaparty_net: The cure for the common #RINO = Primary Challenge!#TeaPartyfrom the ashes, let's build a viable party
— Joseph Cannon (@joseca4) January 2, 2013
@senmikelee @lynetteglo Paul Ryan voted as an an empty chair! We dodged abullet when he lost the election! He hurts conservatism
— #FireBOEHNER (@Momofonly3) January 2, 2013
Hey, @reppaulryan.. turn in your Republican Card and your spine. You failed the American People tonight. #tcot
— Josh (@Quinfidel) January 2, 2013
Mr "We can do this" @reppaulryan did you mean "We can do them"? You lost me! I got my 19 yr old to vote for you. You voted with the marxists— Oahts (@Oahts) January 2, 2013
Joe Scarborough: GOP Blew It On Fiscal Cliff Deal. (Video) Paul Ryan is responsible for $11 Trillion in national debt!