It is tempting to want to unload over the current budget and impending debt limit crisis. There is so much to say, so much grist for the mill. But most of it has probably been said and, besides, this blog is about the invisible primary so, is there anything to say about it given the current distraction?
How about Paul Ryan’s almost no-existent roll in all this? He is, as I remember it, the Radical Right’s wonder-boy when it comes to the budget. But he has almost nothing to say. In realty, his former obsession with Medicare might actually be a better fit as a bargaining chip for the GOP. Medicare actually has a big impact on the current and future federal budget, certainly more than the ACA by most assessments. I mean, if you are going to hold a hostage, you might as well get what you want for its return straight. It is like someone stealing my cat and demanding a ransom from my proctologist (not that I need a proctologist….). More accurately, it is like kidnapping your own child, and demanding ransom from their sibling for her to be returned. You both want her returned, you will make sure she is going to get returned, you were just too stupid not to hold the Dora the Explore DVD in return for the ransom.
Interestingly enough the one glimmer you see of him is fundraising over the issue for his leadership committee, Prosperity PAC. And his dealings over this issue are not the only place he stays hidden. In August, as these issues began to percolate, he attended a highly secure and secret meeting with the Koch brothers in New Mexico. Does his public silence on this tip his hat to a view that this battle may not be good for a presidential run? Given the leadership vacuum in the House, this would be a good time for him to try and give clarity and logic to the Tea Party message. His potential challengers, Cruz not withstanding, have been equally quite or even somewhat critical of the approach adopted by the radical minority of the GOP. Marco Rubio weighed in on the faux-filibuster with Cruz, but just enough for the people who care to notice. In fact, except for Cruz, the Senate Republicans really want little to do with all of this. Chris Christie criticized the approach, but his position has to be taken in context of an impending reelection as governor. Jeb Bush, critical; Rand Paul, mostly silent; Scott Walker, silent; Condoleezza Rice; silent (yes, I am the first on this blog to suggest she could be a conten-da). Rick Santorum, he is talking about it, but I addressed him last week in my entry.
I think one reason why Ryan, and some of the other invisible primary contenders, are staying silent is because they are interested in governing and this is clearly not governing. So they have that going for them, which is nice.