SATURDAY HOT READ: RYAN VS. OBAMA
Is Paul Ryan the next conservative Superman? Fred Barnes from the Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan’s dissection of Obama- --care at the White House health care summit on February 25, 2010, elevated him to a stature in Washington rare for a House member. The summit dawdled along for seven hours. Six riveting minutes of analysis delivered by Ryan, as President Obama listened a few seats away, broke the tedium.
"Super" Paul Ryan
Obama’s reply is largely forgotten. Rather than responsive, he was evasive. He ignored Ryan’s sweeping critique and said he wanted to “follow up on a couple points.” He picked one that Ryan hadn’t mentioned. He asked if Ryan thought Medicare Advantage was “working well,” then didn’t give Ryan a chance to answer.
Given this encounter, you can imagine Obama’s wariness of debating Ryan on the 2012 budget and everything that goes with it, from spending and debt to tax reform and Medicaid. And there’s the larger issue, the future of the country. Obama says he wants to “win” it. Ryan believes we’re “on the brink of national bankruptcy.”