Same As He Ever Was: A correspondent asks how it’s possible that Paul Ryan would release such an extreme, unprofessional plan. Folks, he’s always been like this. The image of Ryan as a thoughtful, serious conservative never had any basis in reality. The original “roadmap” was just as nonsensical as the new proposal; the Ryan-led attack on health reform was crude nonsense. Ryan the serious deep thinker was a fantasy of Beltway types who think entirely in terms of images and perceptions, and can’t be bothered to dig into the policy details. Oh, and the haplessness of Heritage is also old news to anyone who has been paying attention to the think tank’s actual output.
I admit, I really thought that the experience of Busholatry and its demise would change something. But no. And those pundits who now have egg on their faces had it coming.