I decided to not comment between the election and the inauguration because i wanted to see what kind of president we were looking at here, what kind of path and trajectory he was putting his administration on. And all of the statements and all of the comments lead me to believe that he's thinking more of a political conquest than political compromise. And that's my concern. And this is why we're going to have to have a big debate this spring on how to balance the budget about how to save us from a debt crisis.Yup, after he lost he was totally silent. For example, here he is being silent on Nov. 13, 2012:
JONATHAN KARL (ABC NEWS): So the president wins 330-something electoral votes, every battleground state with the exception of North Carolina. Does Barack Obama now have a mandate?See? He kept his lips zipped. Except for the part about openly being in denial about the implications of President Obama's victory by claiming that Americans rejected Nancy Pelosi despite the fact that House Democrats got more than one million more votes than Republicans.
PAUL RYAN: I don't think so, because they also reelected the House Republicans. So whether people intended or not, we've got divided government.
KARL: So you don't think there's a mandate, then?
RYAN: I don't, because then they would have put Nancy Pelosi in charge of the House of Representatives. See, I think these ideas we talked about, I think they're popular ideas. This was a very close election.
Oh yeah, there's another thing he was also very silent about: his analysis of why President Obama lost:
Asked if the voters rejected the Republican vision, Ryan said of the president: "Well, he got turnout. The president should get credit for achieving record-breaking turnout numbers from urban areas for the most part, and that did win the election for him."Yup, it was all those urban people who put President Obama over the top—not real Americans like the people who live in Paul Ryan's hometown Janesville. Well, sure, they voted for President Obama as well, but you know what I mean.
To be serious for a second, I don't begrudge Ryan one bit for giving those interviews and for speaking openly about the campaign and politics after the election. I disagree with what he said, but that's politics. I don't think there's anything wrong with the fact that he said it.
But what I do find it exceptionally bizarre that he claims that he refused to comment between Election Day and inauguration when he actually did. It would have been pretty weird if he'd gone silent, but it's even weirder that he claimed to have gone silent despite the public record clearly showing otherwise. It's just strange.