Ryan: Obama "A Pyromaniac In a Field of Straw Men"
So how did Rep. Paul Ryan feel about President Obama's interesting performance yesterday? On Mark Levin's show (via HotAir), he said:
Well what I got out of it was he basically said that people like myself and Jeb Hensarling, who was sitting right to my right, are unAmerican, that we're interested in pitting children with autism or Down syndrome against millionaires and billionaires. That we're ending America as we know it and if only we'd kind of get on with his program, we'd be okay.
I've never seen a president give a speech like this before. I've never seen a president stoop to this level of distortion, demagoguery, partisanship.
When he invited us to come to this speech -- myself and Hensarling and Dave Camp (the three of us who are chairman and we are on the fiscal commission) -- we were led to believe there was going to be an olive branch, that he wanted to talk about mutual agreement and respect. I was led to believe that there was going to be a social security plan he was going to offer.
And then we get this total political broadside.
It really did quite honestly kind of surprise me. I expected these kinds of comments from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid when we put this budget out, that kind of goes without saying but to get these things from the president, just amazing to me.
And it really poisons the well. He's not talking about trying to bridge differences or find common ground on this or that area. He's basically trying to demean his political adversaries and set up a bunch of straw men and then knock them down and try and win debate by default.
I'm not sure who said it but he's basically a pyromaniac in a field of straw men.
That's my best effort at a transcription, but you can listen to the whole segment here.