Yeah. I'm not buying it either.
Don't get me wrong, I have slightly fewer problems with Paul Ryan than I do with most of the establishment GOP, but he is definitely in that club.
Let me explain a little: Paul Ryan is a wonk. He is an accountant in a Congressman's suit, and a budget analyst like no other, I'm sure. But he has made some puzzling (but not surprising) decisions in regards to immigration, and he sometimes chooses what he sees as the lesser of two evils instead of the principled conservative position.
But Jesus? We all know that's Ted Cruz, duh....
In all seriousness, buzzfeed.com is reporting that a Washington staffer has said that the most recent budget deal has recieved Ryan's blessing, and he is the "Jesus of our conference". Leave the deification to the left, folks.
The budget deal was a compromise between Paul Ryan and Patty Murray, a very progressive Democrat. This cannot be good, but the GOP probably sees it as necessary for two reasons:
1. They don't want to lose the political momentum on Obamacare.
2. They are terrified of another government shutdown, which dovetails nicely for them with rule No.1.
But there's a third reason, and it's the big one:
This deal is an attempt to shut the TEA Party wing up. The deal was rolled out pre-packaged and coupled with John Boehner attacking the more conservative wing of his party. The Republican Party has temporarily achieved their most coveted position: They seem "reasonable", and they think you crazy right-wingers are going to screw it up for them.
But again they forget the most critical aspect: Being the opposition party has given them this political capital, and the TEA Party kept them afloat as the opposition long enough for Obungler to roll out the most disasterous government program since...uh...ever. The GOP isn't actively winning , they just waited for Obama to lose one.
I understand wanting to let the opponents sink themselves, but I don't understand trying to outswim them to the bottom. The GOP is not biting the hand that feeds them, they are biting the hands that pushed them, called them, knocked on doors for them, and held campaign signs for so many years.
Give us Barabbas, I suppose.
The man just nails it. Absolutley nails it.
The Huffington Post has just become the Queen of Selective Outrage. All hail the Queen.
The front page has a link titled "Disgusting Rush". Click on that, you get an article titled "Limbaugh's latest attack on women is especially gross."
What attack? Rush said that women's breasts should stop staring at his eyes. Silly, yes. But an attack? No.
It's not even remotely close.
And misogyny? Hardly. Certainly not the worst thing I've seen on the internet about women's bodies.
Actually, it's not even the worst thing I have seen about women's bodies on that very website on the same day.
Jon Stewart referred to the Huffington Post as "the sideboob gazette", and right now, on the website, you can find an article about "11 body image heroes of 2013". These are women whose body image and comments are supposedly helping to make women no longer have an unrealistic body image.
Click on the "Celebrity" tab, however, and you get a deluge of women without that realistic body type who are "rocking that dress", or "totally rocking a bikini", showing off the exact same body for oglers, both male and female.
The website, and the incredibly civil comments section, made it clear that Rush, as a man, looking at women's breasts and commenting on his admiration of them is misogynistic and chauvinistic.
Post a bunch of unobtainable bodies and breasts and bikinis for men and women to ogle? Not to mention develop an unhealthy image thereof?
And since we are talking about how much the left sticks up for women, let's have alook at Bill Maher: (Adult content-ish)
What talk radio has been saying, someone has been doing. Something bold is happening out there, folks...
Now hold on, before you hurl your computer across the room, let me explain.
We do not live in an echo chamber. We live in the real world, where Iran's nuclear program works fine, but our health care website doesn't. We live in a world where the Obama '08 campaign can run against Hillary's support of the individual mandate, then support, then defend it, and all the while blame it on the GOP. We live in a world where big, bad, Republicans who don't want to raise the minimum wage are meanies and work only for the rich, but Quantitative Easing is the policy of the day.
So when I say some conservatives are leaving the echo chamber, I mean they are leaving the liberal-owned echo chamber, and campaigning against Obamacare in the heart of the beast: the college campus.
A group called Generation Oppurtunity has taken the fight to the tailgate parking lots, to the beer pong tables, and to the dorms. They are winning hearts and minds with a targeted conservative message.
Republicans are winning in California, in the national poll, and at your college tailgate party.
It might not seem like much, but we have something to go on out there. Thank God.