I posted this today at The Milwaukee Journal's Purple Wisconsin platform:
Which House members will vote to kill the Senate's compromise 'avoid-the-cliff' bill and permanently label themselves irretrievably hostile to bi-partisanship while wedded to the farthest, Tea Partied right-wing fringe and its deep-pocketed financiers?
Paul Ryan is absolutely finished as a credible national political figure/Capitol Hill budget-and-policy wonk if he casts an ideologically-spurred "No" vote - - which would actually be a "Yes" vote for middle-class tax increases, for another economy-crashing recession and for a dagger to the dairy industry, to boot.
You can mark down Florida's Tea Party Senator/2016 Ryan rival Marco Rubio as a suicidal "No" vote in the wee hours this morning - - something even Ron Johnson couldn't do.
Does Ryan cede the edge of a shrinking GOP to Rubio with a "Yes," or contest it with a "No" vote which a majority of Americans will detest?
Today Ryan comes face-to-face with the perils of ideology and rigidity.