Toast. MT @rebeccagberg Paul Ryan on why he voted for the deal: “When you like something, you vote for it. …I wasn’t afraid.”—
Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 02, 2013
If Rep. Paul Ryan is toast, then we must have thought he was destined for bigger things, right? Wasn’t he among the vanguard of young, conservative Republicans who were going to lead the United States back to fiscal responsibility? In fact, we seem to remember a movement to have Ryan replace John Boehner as House Speaker so that someone would finally make the tough decisions. Maybe we were dreaming, and Ryan’s “yes” vote to Tuesday’s craptastic fiscal cliff deal was a rude wake-up call.
Thus ends the Paul Ryan 2016 Presidential Exploratory Committee.—
Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 02, 2013
Paul Ryan just spent an entire campaign season battling Obama's class warfare, only to support a bill that raises taxes on "the rich."—
Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) January 02, 2013
Thank u Paul Ryan for showing us you are not presidential material. Your vote clearly shows us you are just like the rest of the statists!—
Michael E Greene (@MichaelEGreene) January 02, 2013
I was all for replacing Boehner with Paul Ryan. Then what does Ryan do? Votes yes. It looks like Romney/Ryan 2012 would have caved in too.—
Lion tooth (@Liontoothcom) January 03, 2013
What was he thinking? Ryan explained his “tough decision” as a necessary concession to “the realities of governing.”
Will the American people be better off if this law passes relative to the alternative? In the final analysis, the answer is undoubtedly yes. I came to Congress to make tough decisions — not to run away from them.
Now, we must return our attention to the real problem: out-of-control spending. Washington’s reckless spending drives the debt. And this debt is hurting the economy today. Unless we get at the heart of the problem, Americans will face a debt crisis — one that will threaten our most vulnerable in particular. It is our responsibility to prevent such a crisis.
Not everyone was surprised by Ryan’s vote, though.
Also, why is everybody shocked that Paul Ryan voted for the "fiscal cliff" deal?—
Jason Pye (@jaseliberty) January 02, 2013
Would be cool if Paul Ryan actually had a conservative voting record or something.—
Julie Borowski (@JulieBorowski) January 02, 2013
Paul Ryan is a fake. Accepting Romney nomination should have been a clue, though I already knew from past votes.—
Keith Rodebush (@calfcreek_2) January 03, 2013
People are just now jumping off of the Paul Ryan bandwagon? He already had an awful voting record and this last vote was easily predictable.—
scott moppin (@scotty_likes_it) January 03, 2013
Ryan found new support among those who most likely opposed his run for vice president. Reaching across the aisle almost always seems to do that, as long as it’s a Republican doing all the reaching. That’s what liberals call “bipartisanship.”
And, thank you to Paul Ryan for voting yes. Credit where credit is due—
Andy Suchorski (@AndySuchorski) January 02, 2013
kudos to speaker boehner, paul ryan and the rest of the republicans who voted yes. putting the country over ideology. thank you.—
Carlos Aguirre (@cguirre) January 02, 2013
Thank you for your vote tonight sir. Courageous—
Leonard Mann (@LEM1122) January 02, 2013
Ryan won kudos from some conservatives too.
Thank you Paul Ryan for choosing leadership over grandstanding.—
Kevin Eder (@keder) January 02, 2013
Maybe that ridiculous campaign ad was a clue.
Paul Ryan didn't throw grandma of the cliff, he shoved us all off the cliff.—
Daniel K. Thomas (@DanielKThomas) January 03, 2013