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Saturday, November 21, 2009

One Year Later: Ryan A Moderate?

About one year ago, I took note of Janesville's talk radio host Stan Milam's suggestion that Rep. Paul Ryan should or might join Obama's congressional team of cross party moderates.
JG Excerpt: (Nov. 7, 2008)
Milam, of WCLO AM radio's "The Stan Milam Show," said Ryan might not want to languish in a Democrat-dominated Congress. Obama's Election Night speech, in which he reached out to those who did not vote for him, signaled that Obama would recruit Republicans for his administration, Milam suggested. "I can't think of a better Republican to be a part of that than Paul Ryan, who has demonstrated moderation and leadership in areas of finance and in the budget. There ought be place for him on that team," Milam said.
RNR Excerpt: (Nov. 10, 2008)
Milam has a point. After spending most of his career kowtowing to the Bush Administration and becoming a dependable party-line rubber stamp among his colleagues, Ryan would now find himself reduced to nothing more than an obstacle to progress by opposing the Democratic-led majority in Congress. He would find himself opposing the Obama Administration by as much as 90% of the time if history is correct. And what good would that do for his career?
One year has passed since, and Ryan has clearly chosen to be nothing more than a teabagging obstacle to the President and the Democratic-led majority in Congress. I've never thought of Ryan as a moderate or a leader, but back then (Nov. 2008) I would have guessed Ryan's drive for a career opportunity outside of a leadership role would have displaced his ideological rigidity. I was wrong. History is correct.

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