Lizard People

Paul Ryan is a Pathetic Creature

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I was so overwhelmed with schadenfreude last week, I missed this report from the Washington Post detailing Speaker Paul Ryan's last-minute pleas to members of his caucus.

According to the Post, Ryan literally begged for Trumpcare.

Ryan got down on a knee to plead with Rep. Don Young, an 83-year-old from Alaska who is the longest-serving Republican in Congress and remains undecided.

When the speaker finished with Young, he spent about 10 minutes in an animated discussion with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), one of the bill’s most outspoken critics. At one point, the speaker took his own arms and held them up, his hands at face level, then slowly lowered them to his waist — presumably trying to demonstrate his belief that the bill will lower costs.

I'd call this pathetic regardless of the circumstances, but consider this: Ryan was literally begging for votes to kick over 24 million people off their healthcare.

Ryan was begging for support for his bill that repeals essential health benefits and defunds Planned Parenthood, among many other terrible things.

Nancy Pelosi would never lower herself to this position. Speaking of which...

  • muselet

    The bill Paul Ryan was begging for was typical Ryan: fiscally ruinous and casually cruel. That it was pulled because a significant chunk of the R conference thought it wasn’t nearly ruinous or cruel enough says a lot about modern Republicans.

    Rachel Maddow used to devote a segment of her show every once in a while to explain just how bad John Boehner was as Speaker of the House.

    Compared to Paul Ryan, Boehner was a Sam Rayburn-like figure.


  • gescove

    What galls me is that he keeps getting heralded as some sort of policy wonk. When he gave his stupid PowerPoint presentation, he argued that one of the central problems with the ACA was that healthy people have to pay for the people who are sick. He literally does not understand how insurance works. It boggles the mind.

    • What’s worse, how many reporters called him on it and explained to the American people? And how many explained what an idiot he was to say such a thing?

    • ninjaf

      I think his myth bubble has finally bumped up against the reality needle.

  • Georgie

    Ryan is insane regarding anyone’s basic human rights, and most likely about anything that could show human compassion. That’s all I got on assclown.