I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think Paul Ryan is one of the biggest scumbags in all of politics.
Well, during an interview Ryan was confronted by Bob Schieffer concerning a comment he wrote in his recent book titled The Way Forward, where he talked about the government shutdown:
“In short, the strategy our colleagues have been promoting was flawed from beginning to end. It was a suicide mission, but a lot of members were more afraid of what would happen if they didn’t jump off the cliff.”
Which prompted Schieffer to ask, “Why didn’t you say that back then?”
A valid question considering, to this day, many conservatives still blame the government shutdown on President Obama. When in fact Republicans were the ones who caused it.
And in true scumbag fashion Ryan said:
“Because I want party unity. I don’t think it was constructive for conservatives to be carping at each other. At the same time, the purpose of that passage is to try and unify our party. I don’t think we can succeed if all we do is criticize and define what we are against.”
So, let me get this straight. A United States Congressman, someone who’s supposed to be acting in the best interests of the American people, didn’t speak out against the government shutdown – because he thought “party unity” was more important?
I guess for Paul Ryan it’s not about what’s best for the American people, or this country, but what’s best for the Republican party. Honestly, coming from someone like him, that sounds about right, doesn’t it?
This wasn’t some kind of small thing, or normal Republican obstruction – this was shutting down the federal government. And even then, he didn’t have the courage to speak out against his own party.
But let’s not fool ourselves. He didn’t speak out against the shutdown because he’s too much of a coward to dare risk ticking off some of his conservative base. If he had called out some of his fellow Republicans, he would have risked angering many tea party voters who were very supportive of the shutdown.
And we know a man with 2016 presidential aspirations sure as heck isn’t going to do that. Heck, why do you think the government was shut down to begin with? Because Ted Cruz was desperately pushing for it in an attempt to pander to tea party voters. All so that come 2016, he can use it as a campaign tool to show how “conservative” he is.
Though I guess at least one positive thing did come from Paul Ryan’s comments from his book – he finally admitted that Republicans are the ones to blame for the government shutdown.
Watch the interview below via Face the Nation:
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