The fantasy of political supremacy
RALEIGH -- Well before Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National
Convention, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote about the vice
presidential nominee and his role on the debt reduction commission
established by President Obama.
Ryan ultimately voted against the commission's debt reduction
proposals. He explained his vote by saying that the plan did little to
restructure Medicare, despite the program being a huge part of the
nation's ballooning debt.
Brooks called the decision "intellectually coherent," but still a
"tactical error." He noted that had Ryan and other House Republicans
on the commission voted for the plan, it would have forced up or down
votes in Congress on the proposals, creating a national debt reduction
The columnist's more intriguing commentary came ...