- Only in the whacky world of today's Republican Party could Ryan be seen as a voice of reason or even, according to the party's Tea Party wing -- as "too far left," as the New York Times recently reported.
- Part 1: Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist
- Part 2: Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren't So Lucky.
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist
In any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the words "moderate" or "moderate conservative" to Ryan on any issue except perhaps his clothing preferences and his haircut.
Peter Dreier, Huffington Post
10/21/2015 | Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker of the House but he wants a coronation, not a contested election. Toward that end, he's orchestrating a campaign that makes him appear to be a bridge-builder between the so-called "establishment" and "Tea Party" wings of the Republican Party -- the only guy who can save the GOP from self-destruction. But only in the whacky world of today's Republican Party could Ryan be seen as a voice of reason or even, according to the party's Tea Party wing -- as "too far left," as the New York Times recently reported.
As part of his campaign to appear to be an honest broker within the party, Ryan has carefully cultivated the image of being a serious "thinker" and "policy wonk" and, for the most part, the mainstream media have taken the bait. When Mitt Romney introduced Ryan as his running mate in 2012, he described the Wisconsin Congressman as the "intellectual leader of the Republican Party." In the conservative magazine Commentary, James Pethokoukis wrote that "It's probably safe to assume that no elected official in America understands the ins and outs of the labyrinthine U.S. budget the way Paul Ryan does." A McClatchey news story described Ryan as a "policy wonk" and a "conservative thinker." The Daily Beast called Ryan a "number-crunching policy wonk." New York Times columnist Ross Douthat described Ryan as a "moderate conservative."
Peter Dreier: E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College
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Part 2: Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren't So Lucky.
The U.S. is the only developed country with no guaranteed paid family leave.
Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post
Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) family joined him on stage at the Republican National Convention in 2012, when he was Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. (Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)
10/20/2015 | Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made many in his party happy Tuesday night when he told his colleagues that he had finally agreed to take the job no one wants and run for speaker of the House. But he said he will do so only if members agree to a list of conditions, most of which concern the functioning of the caucus. One demand, however, was deeply personal.
"I cannot and will not give up my family time," Ryan told reporters following the House GOP meeting.
Ryan is known among his colleagues as a "family guy" who goes back to Janesville, Wisconsin, every weekend to be with his wife and three young children.
Amanda Terkel: Senior Political Reporter, Huffington Post
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