After the President’s sparring session with House Republicans during their retreat, I stated that the rhetorical confrontation I really wanted to see was a debate between Barack Obama, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Here is why:
Via Matthew Continetti, who points out that “Obama didn’t even bother questioning Ryan’s presentation. He changed the subject to Medicare Advantage.”
And of course, it seems that Ryan had help. I still think that all of this was kabuki theater at the end of the day, but to the extent that the atmospherics mattered, Republicans certainly managed to make themselves look good.