For some, Paul Ryan's "Conservative" bonafides took a bit of a hit recently when he negotiated with Democrats on a budget deal. Various self proclaimed Conservatives and Conservative groups, inside and outside Congress, lobbed various criticisms at Ryan; namely, that he had 'sold out' his Conservative brethren. Paul Ryan initially dismissed the criticism, and implied a counter criticism in return:
Rep. Paul Ryan had a message Thursday for critics of his budget compromise, including Sen. Marco Rubio: Read the bill.
"Read the deal and get back to me," Ryan said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday in response. "People are going to do what they need to do. In the minority, you don’t have the burden of governing, of getting things done." Link
In all likelihood, Paul Ryan's handlers probably disapproved of this line of rhetoric from Ryan, because he immediately began placating to those same Conservative interests, proclaiming praise for the various think tanks and entities that had called him a traitor. Paul Ryan is a lot of things, but he isn't dumb - he knows where his bread is buttered politically (i.e. - he knows who funds his general existence as a member of Congress). Thus, it appears Ryan immediately went into damage control to shore up whatever erosion had occurred to his voting and funding base, due to his having worked with Democrats on a budget deal (there's something to be said for a political faction that despises and seeks to punish working with the other side, but many others have already said it).
With Ryan's attempt to get back his Conservative chops in mind, cue up this gem:
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) on Tuesday floated the possibility of pressing the White House to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a GOP condition for raising or suspending the debt ceiling. link
Yes, Paul Ryan thinks it would be a good idea to use the debt ceiling "debate" as a way to get the much maligned Keystone Pipeline approved.
For the people who may be confused about this, there should be no "debate" about the debt ceiling. Raising the debt ceiling isn't an action that approves the spending of more money. Rather, raising the debt ceiling is simply committing to pay off what has already been spent. For this reason, President Obama has made clear he will no longer 'negotiate' raising the debt ceiling. link
Paul Ryan has been in Congress for a number of years - he's help preside over a number of policies that have led to the nation's massive debt. In fact, he voted for most of them. Now, he wants something in return for simply committing to paying off the expenses he and Congress already approved.
Let's put this in lay terms. Paul Ryan has essentially maxed out the credit card, and now wants a free flat screen TV in return for paying the card off. That's all this is; asking for concessions to simply honor agreements he's already made.
There are a multitude of descriptors which would appropriately describe such behavior - have fun with it~