When he got invited to the President’s speech yesterday, he thought the President was going to exercise some of that “reaching across the aisle” and “new tone in politics” that the President and his media are always yapping about. According to NRO’s Andrew Stiles:
Ryan says he was “excited” to received an invitation to the president’s speech, and thought it was a potential “olive branch” to the GOP signaling the start of meaningful negotiations over the deficit.
We all saw how it really worked:
I imagine being forced to sit through a smug lecture explaining how the serious plan you’ve just proposed to save America from a debt crisis is actually, in fact, fundamentally un-American, is not a very pleasant experience.
But it is part of the left’s, and in particular this President’s; our leaders are professors; everyone who agrees with him are the good students; the ones who don’t are the ones on double-dog academic probation.