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April 15, 2011

QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Almost immediately after Paul Ryan unveiled his budget plan, David Brooks gushed that the agenda "will become the 2012 Republican platform, no matter who is the nominee."

To quote Rupert Giles, I'd like to test that theory.

During a Tea Party rally in New Hampshire, likely presidential candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R) endorsed the Ryan proposal, saying, "as a general matter and directionally, I think Paul Ryan's plan moves in the right direction." But when I pressed him over whether he supports maintaining some of the Medicare cuts that are part of health care reform, Pawlenty demurred, and took another question.

After Pawlenty praised Ryan's "direction," Igor Volsky asked, "Do you support the Medicare cuts in his plan that he keeps from Obamacare?"

Pawlenty responded, "Anybody else have a question besides this guy?"

I suspect we'll be hearing this kind of response quite a bit over the next year or so. The Republican presidential field will have all kinds of litmus tests -- abortion, gays, taxes, climate change, Affordable Care Act -- but how many will endorse the elimination of Medicare?

Steve Benen 4:45 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (14)

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I don't have to read anymore. Once you referenced one of the most awesome moments from one of the most awesome TV shows, I was done. You win.

Posted by: Tonydogs on April 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Well, he's not wrong. Ryan's plan really does move to the right.

Posted by: tina on April 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

Bonus points for the Buffy reference. Well played.

Oh, and TIm Pawlenty is a shameless hack.

Posted by: alopecia on April 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

The thing is, of course, that the white folks in the GOP/TP will simply lie and say the Ryan plan "insures that Medicare will be available forever".
That's how they do it.
It really doesn't matter....by the time the Repub primaries get into full swing, the Senate will have tossed the Ryan plan into the garbage can. End of issue until the next time.

Posted by: T2 on April 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

When my son kills nazi-zombies in cyber space, he notes the "newbies" who are also playing. You know, those cowards who don't directly engage their advisaries, but rather throw explosive devices to kill as many as they can without courageously facing their nemises!

The Republicans to our adult world of electoral policies are the "newbies" of our political landscape - their political cowardice shows everytime they open their mouths!

The jibjab mishmash coming from their pie holes is as indiscriminately harmful and cowardly as a "newbie" throwing a few gernades at a bunch of nazi-zombies! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

Pawlenty responded, "Anybody else have a question besides this guy?"

Pawlenty ought to take lessons in managing the press from Sharron (the Obtuse) Angle. Basic stuff like: only appear on Fixed Noose. Don't allow *any* questions. Etc. Otherwise, you end up looking like what you are -- a squirmy worm.

Posted by: exlibra on April 15, 2011 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe that wasn't intended to be a factual statement. Just sayin'

Posted by: citizen_pain on April 15, 2011 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

Is it possible that Brooks is not a fool, but some sort of Manchurian journalist programmed to undermine the Republican party? I wonder if the Applebees in Pyongyang have salad bars.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on April 15, 2011 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with alopecia. Double plus bonus points for the BTVS reference.

Posted by: Decatur Dem on April 15, 2011 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

Just wanted to add to all the love for the Buffy reference. It was unexpected and well done. Partially makes up for being stuck at work on a Friday night.

Posted by: Bill K. on April 15, 2011 at 8:44 PM | PERMALINK

Is it possible that Brooks is not a fool, but some sort of Manchurian journalist programmed to undermine the Republican party?
Posted by: hells littlest angel on April 15, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Babbling Brooks certainly isn't a fool. But, "undermine the *Republican* party? Are you kidding me? For the past 10.5 years -- ever since we switched from Wash Po to NYTimes -- I've been having a twice-weekly running battle with my husband about Brooksie. My husband, a Yellow Dog Dem for 65 years, thinks Brooks is OK. Sane. Reasonable, even. He (my husband) takes every "compliment" at face value, and seems to miss every implied stab-in-the-back. It's me who;s unreasonable when I say "I read Brooks only to the first lie and, today, it was right in the first paragraph".

My husband isn't the only one to have fallen under Brooks's spell, either. Half of my "Dem Hen Lunch" group swoon over him, too. Granted, he cleans up nice, his sentences are grammatically correct and he doesn't drool when he speaks. But...

He's very bad for the Democrats and very good for the Repubs, because he makes Dems think that Repubs aren't all rotten.

Posted by: exlibra on April 15, 2011 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

Separately, the Labor Department said consumer prices rose just 0.1 percent last month excluding food and gas prices.

What bullshit!!

My prices at the supermarket are up a good 20% just since the first of the year! And I am paying $4.20/gallon for gas at the cheap station!! Up from $3.20/gallon around Xmas! I don't really give a rat's patootie if the prices of big screen TVs aren't going up, or the prices of houses are falling - I don't eat them. And my salary hasn't gone up in two years.

Posted by: TCinLA on April 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

What the House Republicans did today was put an albatross around the neck of whatever sucker does get the nomination. Wouldn't Harry Reid be smart to take a vote in the Senate on it? Straight up or down.

Posted by: bob h on April 16, 2011 at 6:47 AM | PERMALINK

I'm with tonydog--Buffy refs ftw!

Posted by: debg on April 16, 2011 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK
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