Paul Ryan to Rubio: Try reading the budget bill before you criticize it, okay?

posted at 12:11 pm on December 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

Should a guy who’s trying to jam a bill through in 36 hours really be scolding people for insufficient diligence?

Ryan reacted in an animated fashion when asked about Rubio saying the deal would make it harder for people to achieve the American Dream. Ryan looked off-camera briefly and then suggested that Rubio should “read the deal.”

“Read the deal and get back to me,” Ryan said. “People are going to do what they need to do. Look, in the (Republican Senate) minority, you don’t have the burden of governing.”

Ryan was then asked again about Rubio coming out in opposition shortly after it was announced.

“I thought it was a little strange. … It is what it is.”

What deep nuances would Rubio have gained from poring through the text that weren’t already clear from the details that leaked beforehand? (Actually, here’s one.) Normally I’d pat Ryan on the back for being a stickler for detail among his critics — but not when the whole point of the bill from the GOP side, let’s face it, is simply to prevent another shutdown. The details of whether the $20 billion in chump change we’ll save will be front-loaded or back-loaded over the next 10 years are almost incidental. If Ryan wants to knock tea partiers, the better critique is simply to say, “I don’t like it either but it’s the best we can do when liberals have a chokehold on government. Let’s take back the Senate and do a real deal then.” Instead he’s acting like the criticism is unwarranted.

And it is warranted.

[T]his wasn’t a particularly ridiculous criticism for Rubio to make. He condemned the deal shortly after the details of it (but not the entire text) were released. Those details confirmed that it would make no sacrifices on taxes or long-term entitlement spending, the sort of choices that S&P asked Congress to make when it issued the 2011 debt downgrade. If your goal from 2011 on was to force a Democratic president to start cutting into entitlements, you knew immediately that this wasn’t the deal you wanted.

Right. It’s unrealistic of Rubio to expect a deal like that with Obama and Harry Reid calling the plays, but he didn’t need a Talmudic reading of Ryan’s bill to know that it wasn’t going to deliver. It’s another small sign of how fed up the GOP leadership is with being called sellouts by tea partiers that Ryan would get this defensive about a deal that he knows full well is anemic. I think.

And now, because I’m a hack and some jokes are too easy, video of Ryan confronting Rubio about this.


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eva!!!

Bmore on December 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Is there somehting we’re finding out about it that is making this better? The Cliff’s Notes version that I knew about two days ago is better than what we’re finding out now. Paul Ryan is one step short of telling him to “pass it to see what is in it”.

CycloneCDB on December 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM

So, Ryan sold his soul just to run for VP with severely conservative Mitt Romney…?

d1carter on December 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Compared to Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney just may be severely conservative.

bw222 on December 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

how fed up the GOP leadership is with being called sellouts by tea partiers

They could try not selling out, for once. Either that or they start owning their choices.

alwaysfiredup on December 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Look at the RINOs using the leftest strategy of making personal attacks against their critics.

Ryan is a complete phony. He has decided politics are more important than values and his credibility with his Congressional colleagues blows me away. Either they are criminally naive, or they are using the convenience of Ryan’s so called “credibility” as cover for their votes.

The GOP leadership is completely inept and their only standard for victory is winning their own reelection.

Its been decades of this type of compromise that has forced the American economic system into the downward spiral of socialism.

alecj on December 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Rep Ryan,

You gave $63b I’m spending over 2 years to get $86b in reduction over 10 years. What happens in 2 years when Odiermo and the Dems want $60-70b more over 2 years? If this is what you call prudent governance, you had better give up your position in the leadership.

h a p f a t on December 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Ryan said. “… Look, in the (Republican Senate) minority, you don’t have the burden of governing.”

You tell ‘im Vice President Ryan!!

LetsBfrank on December 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Can anyone remember Paul Ryan voting against a debt ceiling increase? I can’t.

bw222 on December 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

But…But guys… this is REALLY gonna put us in position to win next time!! Seriously!! I mean like REALLY!! And you just wait until that next election, then we are going to get TOTALLY serious…. Guys?… Guys?

njmax on December 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

So, Paul Ryan, how much time are you and your crying bud going to give members to read the bill?

applebutter on December 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Conserevatives to Paul Ryan-”Go to hell”!

redware on December 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

So, Paul Ryan, how much time are you and your crying bud going to give members to read the bill?

applebutter on December 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM

After it’s passed, they can read it and weep.

David Blue on December 12, 2013 at 9:30 PM

The story of this budget deal: PAUL RYAN GOT HIS ASS KICKED BY A GIRL.

originalpechanga on December 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Yeah–0bama!

Western_Civ on December 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

There are no “deals” that do anything substantive over 10 years, Ryan. This is why you lack credibility. We don’t have to read it – we observe your indecent haste and draw the obvious conclusion: pure politics.

virgo on December 14, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Wow, the RINO’s have really thin skin like Liberals.

SouthernGent on December 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM

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