Republican Congressman Paul Ryan voted with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to kick the fiscal can one more time.
He has shown his true colors. For all his rhetoric and charts in 2012 on the dangers of federal debt, he buckled under pressure.
He was the Great White Hope for Tea Party voters last November. He was the symbol of the Republican Party’s backbone on budget reform.
He was, indeed. Now he has shown what his Republican backbone is made of: silly putty.
We were told by Republican conservatives to support the ticket in November. The horrors of Obama were just too great.
Now Republicans get Obama. He holds a rope. The rope loops inside a ring. The ring is in Paul Ryan’s nose.
He holds another rope. It loops inside Boehner’s nose. Boehner voted with Ryan. They voted with McConnell.
This is Republican leadership at the highest level.
This is the future of the Republican Party.
The big winner will be Senator Marco Rubio. He voted no. It cost him nothing. Only eight Senators joined him. It was a losing cause. But it was a marginally risky vote. He will not be held responsible for the failure of the compromise, since it passed overwhelmingly. He will get hailed as a man of principle when the economy finally goes over the real fiscal cliff: insolvency.
The vote to kick the can was a vote to accept the Democrats’ leadership on the federal deficit. The Republicans who voted with Ryan will go down on the U.S.S. Insolvency.
When the deficit finally sinks the welfare state, which it will, and not in some far distant future, the votes by Boehner, Ryan, and McConnell will be seen in retrospect as the dying gasp of a political party without either backbone or brains.
Ryan kicked the can.
Boehner kicked the can.
McConnell kicked the can.
The Democrats kicked the can.
The can will grow by another $1 trillion in fiscal 2013. And 2014. And 2015.
The day will come when the can will be too big to kick. Then those who kicked it on New Year’s Day will either change their tune or be kicked out of office.
Kicking the can is not the foundation of leadership. It is the foundation of future replacement.