May 26th, 2011

Big Dog Empathizes With Poor Paul Ryan

by Philip Baruth

Rachel Maddow brought her viewers some very interesting video yesterday: stolen audio of a conversation between Bill Clinton and Paul Ryan, backstage at an event somewhere, on the subject of Medicare. Ryan was in the process of having his knuckles rapped by voters in NY-26, the special election that saw a longtime Conservative seat handed to a pro-Medicare Democrat, as opposed to the GOPer who supported the Ryan budget. But what’s fascinating here is the way that Clinton does what Clinton does: he triangulates his way though the brief conversation, making it clear that he’s happy to help Ryan behind the scenes, and that in fact he shares his outlook in some vague, overriding way.