Another week comes to a close in the campaign of Wisconsin congressman, Paul Ryan and his bid to become Vice President of the United States. "Lyin Ryan" has become a punchline that just won't die, a poll shows him in single digits against congressional opponent, Rob Zerban - forcing Ryan to spend big bucks on campaign commercials. Even though his nomination should make Wisconsin a lock for the GOP, Ryan has returned to his home state three times in as many weeks to cheer-lead for Romney.
Now, Wisconsin newspapers - who have acted like teenage girls with Bieber-fever over Ryan - are starting to ask if the congressman plans to ever debate his opponent in the 1st Congressional district. Answer: It depends on his demanding schedule as a VP candidate. So, that's a no.
(Can you imagine being an employer trying to interview a job applicant only to be told you'll have to wait to see if the better job pans out?)
Ryan returned to D.C. yesterday to vote on a stop-gap budget that is about $20 billion higher than his budget plan suggested and House Republicans wanted. The increase in spending goes to a variety of programs which ironically includes the Affordable Health Care Act - lovingly known as Obamacare.
There is no way a hard-choices, truth-teller like Ryan would ever support such an irresponsible spending boondoggle. After all, he's the guy that said about himself and Mitt Romney:
“We will not duck the tough issues – we will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others – we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.”Fuckin'-A man! More spending? No way! The GOP controls the House! Yeah...well, Ryan voted in favor of the budget. When asked about why he voted for more spending (and to fund Obamacare), Ryan's spokesperson said:
"The fact that a stopgap measure is necessary is another indictment of the president's failure to lead. While spending should be lower, Ryan will support this legislation to prevent a government shutdown."So in other words, Ryan ducked a tough issue, failed to be a leader in Congress and blamed the President.
You just can't make this stuff up.