From pitbull haranques and coarse booing to reverential soliloquies, so runs the coverage of Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the brilliant Chairman of the House Budget Committee who knows the nation’s fiscal crises like few others. The Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman, in his regular column for the New York Times, claims we were “flim-flammed” by Ryan. Oh Paul. I remember when you had integrity and had the courage to criticize Obama’s wholly inadequate health care proposals, while lauding Hillary’s. Where did that Paul go? Meanwhile, the Weekly Standard trumpets the “standing ovation” that Rep. Ryan received at his town hall meeting.
Paul Ryan received a standing ovation Thursday afternoon during the Q&A part of his meeting with constituents at a high school auditorium in a suburb of Milwaukee.
Ryan faced a larger number of hecklers at this event than previous ones, but they were just a sliver of the max capacity crowd. The vast majority of those present stood and applauded Ryan after one constituent rose to thank the congressman for producing his plan to rein in the federal budget. You probably won’t see this on the nightly news (and not just because I’m a terrible cameraman; sorry if you get whiplash):
Despite the media’s focus on one incident last week where some constituents booed Ryan, the crowds at this week’s and last week’s town hall meetings have been overwhelmingly supportive. Here’s a picture of the “protest” outside Ryan’s meeting in Franklin earlier on Thursday: … Read all.
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NOW, it’s your turn.
P.S. The “right honorable Paul Ryan”? My exposure to the royalists is rubbing off on me. Heh.