A Partisan First And Foremost

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 11 2012 @ 2:52pm

by Patrick Appel

Dave Weigel notes that Republicans excuse Ryan's deficit-busting votes under Bush because "he was only playing for the team." Larison refuses to give Ryan a pass:

He was a bad fiscal conservative because he was a good partisan, but there was never a time before that when he demonstrated a commitment to fiscal responsibility in practice. Just like Santorum’s weak "team player" excuse for voting for legislation that supposedly contradicted his principles, Ryan’s claim that his spending votes made him "miserable" doesn’t make things better. If he was so miserable, why did he vote for the bills? Because he has consistently put partisan loyalty ahead of fiscal responsibility. That’s not a reason to give Ryan a pass on these votes. That’s precisely the reason to hold those votes against him.