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Ryan the Oenophile

I was going to post something about this ridiculous nontroversy about Paul Ryan drinking … wine. But Radly Balko lined it up perfectly. Apparently, a mildly intoxicated Rutgers professor saw Paul Ryan drinking a $350 bottle of wine with some economists. And because he’s cutting spending … um … Christ, I don’t know. But TPM seems to think this is a BIG DEAL and is making it sound as sinister as possible.

No word on whether similar outrage is being thrown at Democrats who live high on the hog while borrowing $4 trillion from future generations. No word on whether similar outrage is vetted at Democrats who toss millions and millions of more Americans into the Medicaid gulag while they enjoy the best health insurance on the planet. No word on whether similar outrage is being vetted at Democrats who enjoyed an all-expense paid trip to Illinois while Wisconsin was going to bankrupt. No …

Ah, fuck it. These guys just hate Paul Ryan because he had the temerity to recognize the fiscal trainwreck we are headed for. That’s really all there is to it.

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  1. InsipiD says:

    So long as Ryan or one of the others partaking paid for it with money they earned, how could this be a scandal? This is the typical ‘gotcha’ politics of these last few years.

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  2. hist_ed says:

    This is awesome. Not because Ryan did anything worng but because this shows how desperate some people are. I read the linked piece and then the original. All this really is is a self righteous little bitch publically patting herself on the back for being self righteous at someone. Look how brave I am, I yelled at Ryan in public! Ohhhh I am cool and will stand up to the MAN. I am sooooo brave. (just like the jack asses that yelled and Glenn Beck and his kids recently).

    It is wonderful how speculative most of it is. She say Ryan eating with a couple of other people and just thought they might be lobbyists. No evidence that they were, of course, but who else who the evil republican be eating with? Surely not economists. My absolute favorite part is when she says that one of them “stood up in a threatening manner” What the fuck? He stood up and brave little miss activist paled in fear. What a fucking self rightious idiot.

    Highlight number two: she used her vast academic skills to do basic math: “I was an economist so I started doing the envelope calculations and quickly figured out that those two bottles of wine was more than two-income working family making minimum wage earned in a week.”

    Uhhhh lady? That is pretty much 8th grade math. No need for your fancy pants degree to mutiply a number by two and then divied it by 40.

    What a fucking idiot.

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