Does Paul Ryan’s budget plan serve as a convenient foil for Barack Obama?
One of President Obama’s political problems of late is that he hasn’t had an antagonist with whom to contrast himself.
But perhaps that situation has changed, as we see HERE.
Obama may have found an answer to that problem in the House Republican he arguably admires the most: Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, author of a comprehensive plan to reduce the deficit that, among other things, would fundamentally change Medicare, replacing it with a system that would subsidize private insurance.
“The Ryan proposal could be the foil Obama needs,” said former Bill Clinton adviser Paul Begala, who could not sound happier at the prospect. “I hope every vulnerable Republican in Congress signs on to the Ryan plan to kill Medicare, because we will beat ’em like a bad piece of meat.”
And Begala offered this advice: “I would not focus on Ryan personally — he is a pleasant enough fellow, it seems to me — but rather on the fact that he is the GOP’s point person on the budget, and his budget would end Medicare as we know it.”