He seems genuinely pained by what he has called the “obstinacy” of Congressional Republicans and their just-say-no obstructionism.mentioned it back in October but it was revealed back in May. Surely they know this, they started tearing into it immediately. Now, suddenly it's news.
Yes Virginia, Republicans have been offering health care alternatives all along. That doesn't quite fit with the narrative Republicans want the "status quo" or that their only goal has to been to derail Obama's agenda while offering no ideas of their own. Ryan dispels the notion there has been anything remotely resembling bipartisanship from this administration or the Democratic Congress as well. Here is a sample:
Your “Road Map,” we should explain, is a somewhat alarming document that proposes, in 600-plus pages, erasing the federal deficit by radically restricting the government’s role in social programs like Social Security and Medicare. The president described it as “a serious proposal.”Ironically, Ms. Solomon begins the interview by noting the President has declared Ryan a "pretty sincere guy." Ryan's answers throughout give no such impression of the President, however. Then again, we know Ryan is quite sincere, why should he say something he has been given no cause to believe is true?
Right. And then the next day his budget director starts ripping me and then the day after that the entire Democratic National Committee political machine starts launching demagogic attacks on me and my plan. So when you hear the word “bipartisanship” come from the president and then you see his political machine get in full-force attack mode, it comes across as very insincere.