Paul Ryan is getting well deserved heat from tea party Republicans, for removing the crazies from important committee positions.
With fellow conservatives warning Ryan "to watch his back," or "conservative of convenience," trouble is brewing for this hard edged ideologue and fake policy wonk. Cap Times:
“RYAN STONEWALLS ON INVOLVEMENT WITH BOEHNER PURGE,” screams a headline on Breitbart.com,
“As House Speaker John Boehner continues to hide the details of what happened and why during his conservative purge of House committees, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan is eschewing comment and instead directing all inquiries about the purge to Boehner’s office,” begins the article.
Tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made clear that Ryan had better watch his back. “I don’t know if any of these people want to run for president — maybe they’re going to have to explain why they wanted to purge people from their committees who believe in balancing the budget,” he said during an interview with conservative radio host Peter Schiff.
Conservative criticism of Ryan, who voted for many of the expensive foreign and domestic policies that defined the Bush era, is nothing new. Many tea party activists, for instance, regard him as a conservative of convenience — the guy who won the limelight by promoting conservative principles but will back off them when his political career is on the line.
At back here at home:
“He has been out there (in Washington) too long,” Patricia Kohlman, the head of the Manitowoc County TEA Movement, told me in August.