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Among HotAir’s quotes of the day (given the sub-heading “RINOs”), there was this one by S.E. Cupp about Paul Ryan:

After Ryan’s op-ed, which pushed for a strong-willed fight for entitlement reform in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, failed to mention the unholiest of Tea Party holies, Obamacare, he was nailed to a proverbial cross by Ted Cruz defenders, who then immediately told everyone at Golgotha — or on Twitter — of his betrayal…

[F]rankly, Cruz’s defenders are only managing to make Ryan look like the grown-up.

I don’t recall Ryan jumping into the fray when plenty of Republicans were criticizing the strategy to defund Obamacare — a position by Cruz that I have applauded as heroic. When Sens. Bob Corker and Orrin Hatch and Rep. Peter King were scolding Cruz for a plan they knew was ill-fated, Ryan was virtually silent on the move. This, even though Cruz has never been shy about his disdain for Ryan Republicans. Back in March, Cruz criticized Ryan’s budget plan for its Medicare cuts. And he’s made it clear he doesn’t trust Ryan when it comes to budget negotiations.

It’s hard to argue that Ryan isn’t a staunch conservative. To treat him like a traitor is preposterous and unproductive. And while I admire Cruz’s conviction, and stand by his commitment to peel back a program as odious and ruinous as the Affordable Care Act, he has to learn to work with others on his own team.

Actually, it’s very easy to show Paul Ryan isn’t a staunch conservative.

Paul Ryan supports amnesty for illegal aliens.

Call it a marriage of convenience. In the battle to win over the majority of the Republican Party on immigration reform an alliance has been formed between two of the GOP’s rising stars. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has endeavored to assist Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in his push to convince the Republican Party to go along with the immigration reform plan proposed by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” group of senators.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services agents make it plenty clear:

“I worry the House may be following a similar path. Media reports reveal that Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman Paul Ryan, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are working to advance proposals to open citizenship benefits to the majority of those here illegally, in combination with proposals to expand visa programs.”

Paul Ryan listed in the same breath as Democrat Luis “My Only Loyalty Is To Illegal Alien Invaders” Gutierrez.

“I have only one loyalty,” he says, “and that’s to the immigrant community.”

Paul Ryan was the most conservative person on either ticket in 2012, but that’s also not saying much.  I supported his fiscal conservatism (you run with what you get), but apparently too much time in DC has made him come to the conclusion that someone who breaks into your house has a right to stay on your sofa and watch TV all day long.

Apparently he’s very popular with the left when it comes to getting a puppet “conservative” to go and push for “immigration reform”… which as we all know, is just amnesty with a more palatable title.  He’s even got billionaires creating astroturf groups with “conservative” in the name to support him on amnesty.

S.E. Cupp may be rather sharp on other topics, but rather than dismiss Cruz’s criticisms of Ryan, she might want to check to her premises when it comes to Ryan.  Just because the media says Ryan’s conservative doesn’t mean it’s so.

And rather than just usual Rule 5 stuff like this:

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Here’s S.E. Cupp skinning a bear:

Though she also seems to dress to hunt like the queen of all Fudds.

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Unless it’s a charity event or something and she had to dress like a “hunter”, or it was free stuff from sponsors.

A fair number of highlights.  Good speech.

Some folks don’t like his delivery (just a tad melodramatic at times), but few can argue against the actual message.

Worth watching.

Made a few waves in the media, too.

Very much worth watching.  He hits on the fact that Obama hasn’t enforced gun laws, yet still wants more gun laws, and that Obama cut school safety funding.

HotAir has a good roundup of other quotes from the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

John Wayne on Liberals

Posted: April 18, 2013 by ShortTimer in Conservatism, Culture, Philosophy

Strange to hear John Wayne talking about Keynesianism and socialism on the horizon, as he dissects modern liberalism/leftism.

Rick Perry at CPAC 2013

Posted: March 14, 2013 by ShortTimer in Conservatism, Government, Texas

It’s a good speech that made Real Clear Politics, HotAir, and Drudge, for the last few minutes in which he says Republicans lost in 2008 and 2012 because they didn’t run conservative candidates.  It’s worth it to watch the rest of the speech, which makes a lot of other good points.  The sound bite at the end really isn’t as important as the small-government principles he espouses.