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 2, 2013
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) January 2, 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 2, 2013
@BreitbartNews Boehner sucks. Period. He sold us out to bigger govt. He needs to resign. Paul Ryan voted for fiscal crap sandwich too. Ugh!
— Ron Eckman (@EckmanRon) January 2, 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 2, 2013
@RepPaulRyan i use to have alot of respect for you as a bean counter paul. but you've voted for a combo of 11 trillion in new debt? shameful
— HB (@lovecountryusa) January 2, 2013
— Brian Bledsoe (@BrianBledsoe) January 2, 2013
@RepPaulRyan I'm ashamed that you are a Congressmen from WI. You lost votes next election on that #fiscalcliff vote
— EricK (@Killer54467) January 2, 2013
If @RepPaulRyan is still a member of the so called comeback team, please tell him to retire so a true conservative can take his place
— Stephen Vasil (@Stephen_Vasil) January 2, 2013
I lost all respect for Paul Ryan. RT @flyawaymike I was seriously shocked and disappointed to see an "Aye" vote from Ryan, of all people.
— Wyatt Earp⚠ (@DarthWyatt) January 2, 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 3, 2013
I'm super surprised that @RepPaulRyan voted for that disaster of a "bill". What the hell was he thinking?!
— Chris Enloe (@chrisenloe) January 2, 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 (@pye) January 2, 2013
After his TARP, Medicare Part D, Debt Ceiling & Fiscal Cliff votes, I'm finally willing to say that @RepPaulRyan isn't who he claims to be.
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) January 2, 2013
@jaseliberty People have a hard time separating the rhetorical Paul Ryan from actual Paul Ryan. It's consistent w/ his voting record though.
— C. Whalen Stephens (@CorieWStephens) January 2, 2013
Would be cool if Paul Ryan actually had a conservative voting record or something.
— Julie Borowski (@JulieBorowski) January 2, 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 3, 2013
@RepPaulRyan voted 4 No Child L.B., new drug entitlement, TARP, caps on CEO pay, AIG & GM bailout, debt ceiling, & now fiscal cliff #tcot
— TheConservativePost (@TheConservative) January 3, 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 3, 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.”
Thanks to @reppaulryan for voting yes. THANK YOU for doing the right thing today.
— January Boten (@januaryboten) January 2, 2013
And, thank you to Paul Ryan for voting yes. Credit where credit is due
— Andy Suchorski (@AndySuchorski) January 2, 2013
Thank you for your vote tonight sir. Courageous
— Leonard Mann (@LEM1122) January 2, 2013
I'm satisfied that @RepPaulRyan did the right thing and voted yes. Thank you for coming around and doing the right thing.#TheAction
— Doug Haefele (@OU_DougRH) January 2, 2013
Thank you, @RepPaulRyan , for doing the right thing by voting yes on the #fiscalcliff deal.
— Justin Smith (@SternFanJustin) January 2, 2013
Ryan won kudos from some conservatives too.
Thank you Paul Ryan for choosing leadership over grandstanding.
— Kevin (@keder) January 2, 2013
THIS! —-> RT @keder: Thank you Paul Ryan for choosing leadership over grandstanding.
— Mary Chastain (@TwitmoChastain) January 2, 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 3, 2013