DFA reacts to Paul Ryan’s election as Speaker

Reaction to Paul Ryan's election as Speaker (and why progressives are excited by it) from Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain:

"As progressives, we could not be more excited about the far-right Republican House caucus' decision to back Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. 

"Thanks to his Vice Presidential run, nearly everyone knows about Paul Ryan's steadfast commitment to doing whatever he can to cut Americans' hard-earned Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits. Ryan's election as speaker will only make it easier for Democrats to expose Republicans as the party that'd rather starve grandma than stand up to its corporate funders.

"It's hard to understand why House Republicans would decide to wear a yoke like Paul Ryan and his dedication to attacking widows, orphans, and the elderly as a badge of honor.  Honestly, it's the kind of bone-headed move that makes the Democrats' difficult task of winning back the House seem possible.  However, as they say, far be it from me to interrupt our opponents when they're making an unfathomably stupid mistake."  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
 

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