Politically astute, or political coward? I'll go for the latter when it comes to our dystopian loving Dickensian Paul Ryan.
Writing in his book, but not saying that he didn't have the political courage to come out against the tea party's government shutdown, Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer call attention to our cowering Representatives obvious response. Enjoy the word salad serving of obfuscation:
Oh sure, Ryan wanted party unity so much he let his colleagues shut the government down and blow $25 billion of taxpayer money, just so he could save himself the inconvenience of facing a tea party opponent in his reelection. Nice to back his convictions by taking a powerful position against a really bad idea?
I think not, no matter how Ryan tried to avoid the topic by scrambling his answer above.
Bob Schieffer: “In short, the strategy our colleagues have been promoting was flawed from beginning to end. It was a suicide mission, but a lot of members were more afraid of what would happen if they didn’t jump off the cliff.” I guess I would ask you first, why didn’t you say that back then?
Ryan: Because I want party unity.
Democrats slammed Rep. Ryan for his comments, “Congressman Paul Ryan’s misplaced priorities were on full display when he shockingly stated that Republican party unity is more important than preventing a government shutdown,” said Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.