Paul Ryan is a breath of fresh air, at least so far. He is young, energetic and straightforward, all of which he manages in an exuberant manner. More importantly, he deals directly with issues most politicians avoid — the insolvency of the federal government if it continues on its present course.
Paul Greenberg describes his approach:
Paul Ryan dares talk not just sense to the American people but dollars-and-cents. As in the Ryan Plan. You may not like what you hear — fiscal reality isn’t always easy to face. You may not agree with his ideas, but there’s no denying he’s been up-front about them. Clear, specific, detailed. Nor is there any denying where the country is headed if current trends continue. Right over a fiscal cliff.
He is a likeable, unabrasive, analytical man who most politicians in both parties probably wish did not exist. For, you see, he is grabbing hold of the third rail (and whatever other rails there may be) of politics without fear. He speaks about the politically unspeakable. He dares communicate with the public in a manner and on subjects which no other politician will touch. He represents the same threat to the political class that Reagan did. He communicates with people in common sense terms, absent the political double-speak and BS.
To both Republicans and Democrats, Ryan represents a threat. He is not a go-along to get-along politician. He seems unwilling to hide inconvenient facts from the public by pretending that everything is going along just fine.
Supporters love him, while detractors must destroy him. His ideas are sound, but the establishment cannot afford to have the people hear them from what appears to be a normal, just-like-me kind of guy. There can be no debate on his ideas. It would be futile and dangerous. Thus distortion and lies must be used.
Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) as shown in the video clip below. Beneath Ryan’s attractive veneer likely resides the same strength of commitment that motivated Colonel Jessup. If you are a conservative, you admire the commitment. If you are a liberal, you try to equate Ryan with the misguided Colonel Jessup.
Here is Colonel Jessup at his best or worst: