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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ryan's "No" Vote Is a Calculated Winning Election Strategy

Wall Street Journal headlines, Paul Ryan Breaks From GOP Leaders, Votes ‘No.’ Yes, that's just the headlines Rep. Paul Ryan wants everyone to see.

WSJ Excerpt:
Mr. Ryan, as it turns out, is sure to help lead a committee created under the legislation to work out a federal budget for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1. The House-Senate negotiating committee may also tackle other issues, such as entitlement changes and revisions to budget cuts known as the sequester.

Why the no vote?

"Today’s legislation won’t help us reduce our fast-growing debt," Mr. Ryan said after the vote. “In my judgment, this isn’t a breakthrough. We’re just kicking the can down the road.’’

Don't believe it for a second.

"Lead a committee."

"Tackle other issues."

Don't make me laugh. Ryan doesn't give a shit about any of that, the debt or kicking the can down the road. Those are all just political constructs and talking points to play around with for his entertainment. He offers nothing, can't lead and what he does offer is unworkable.

Believe this or not, whether Paul Ryan has his eye on 2016 is totally irrelevant at this moment. He must get past the next district election to get there, but he is more vulnerable in 2014 for the House seat than in any of his previous elections. He knows it. Wouldn't even hold a hometown town hall during the August recess. Too risky for his injured delicate ego. But whether he wins re-election or not is all hinged on one very, very important key factor. He's not out of the woods yet, but the "no" vote on the senate deal inches him closer to securing re-election.

I hate to sound so parsed and evasive here, but that is as far as I'm willing to go in an open forum.


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