Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committeee chairman and defeated vice presidential candidate, has made his most extensive statement yet on the consequences of the Romney/Ryan loss to President Obama and what it means for Republicans in the next few years.
Speaking to a gathering sponsored by the National Review Institute in Washington, Ryan said Republicans must reconcile themselves to the president’s victory. That means sometimes opposing Obama on fundamental issues, and sometimes working with him. “Sometimes, we’ll have to reject the president’s proposals,” Ryan said. “And sometimes, we’ll have to make them better.” The key to choosing when to fight and when to compromise, Ryan said, is a sense of “prudence.”
“The president will bait us,” Ryan said. “But we can’t get rattled. We won’t play the villain in his morality plays. We have to stay united.”