It was last week Thursday I wrote about how Rep. Paul Ryan is changing face to releverage his career with the implication that everything he does in Congress is calculated on advancing his career and not for the good of the country.
Days later, the Janesville Gazette issued what I call a cold-war style rebuttal to that in their editorial titled, "Ryan does what he believes is best." They wrote matter of factly ...
Ryan has never made his political future his top priority. Instead, he always said he would do whatever he believes is in the best interest of our country.
He always said ...that's what he said.
Now just days later again and with a growing chorus of boo's from an unlikely constituency, military pensioners, on a budget deal he wrote - not brokered - with a leading Senate Democrat, Ryan once again appears to be co-opting the outrage against Boehner and himself to his advantage. Media enablers and his feckless tea party apologists are already painting Ryan as a "deal broker" who can courageously face down and lead party opposition to the promised land for a "win." Why?
Because it turns out that the "sacrifices" military pensioners made and how much of the "crippling" sequester Paul Ryan was able to keep intact to get his "bi-partisan" budget deal passed was the perfect feather in his cap for advancing his political career. That is what matters most.
According to this story from Politico, Ryan, now House Budget Committee chairman, intends to replace Rep. Dave Camp as the Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. "That is my plan," Ryan told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.
RNR - It Might Come Down To The Tea Party Or Paul Ryan, But Not Together