Ryan Budget a 'Time Bomb,' GOP Pollsters Warned GOP
Public has never been fond of plan
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 23, 2011 11:11 AM CDT
In a file photo from Feb. 15, 2011, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., attends a committee meeting a the Capitol.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/file)

(Newser) – GOP pollsters warned House leaders not to call a vote on Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, saying its Medicare provision was positively toxic. No matter how positively they framed the bill, the plan’s approval rating never climbed above the upper end of the 30s, and its disapproval numbers were always well above 50%, a GOP operative tells Politico. “You might not want to go there,” NRCC staffers warned in a pre-vote meeting.

Republicans presented a united front in voting for the Ryan budget, but internally there was vigorous dissension. “People in my district like Medicare,” Dave Camp, a major Ryan rival, declared at one meeting. “The Tea Party itch has definitely not been scratched,” one top GOP consultant says. “The feeling among leadership was … we don’t know what to do, but it has to be bold.” But another GOP insider offered this morose assessment: “Jumping off a bridge is bold, too.”

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May 23, 2011 8:24 PM CDT
too bad the republicans can't each individually decide what they want to vote for. instead the party decides, often based on the views of those at the extreme right, and tells them how to vote. doesn't really sound like representational democracy to me.
May 23, 2011 4:02 PM CDT
Every once in a while the Republicans actually DO something that demonstrates what they're REALLY up to behind all that talk about "jobs" and "values" and "fiscal responsibility." You have to keep in mind at all times that the Republicans have been COMMITTED to the DEATH of Medicare virtually since the moment of its inception. Any conversation you hear from the center of the party, no matter HOW it sounds at the time, utimately is a representation of SOMEthing that is calculated to lead to THAT result. Ryan just wrote it down instead of speaking code from the dias.
May 23, 2011 2:44 PM CDT
Poor, uneducated, superstitious GOP voters couldn't care less about the budget. I think that all they care about is Obama failing, no gay marriage/civil unions, no abortions, and increased funding to their church. The plans approval in the 30's means that they can get another 30% for the above reasons and, like when Bush won, national issues didn't count - he won because of states' attempted ban on gay marriage.