The Party of D’oh!
Glenn Thrush has the ugly details on how this morning’s GOP budget “blueprint” presser came to be.
“In his egocentric rush to get on camera, Mike Pence threw the rest of the Conference under the bus, specifically Paul Ryan, whose staff has been working night and day for weeks to develop a substantive budget plan,” said a GOP aide heavily involved in budget strategy.
“I hope his camera time was gratifying enough to justify erasing the weeks of hard work by dozens of Republicans to put forth serious ideas,” the person added.
Thrush has Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the record explaining that the fuss over this morning’s press conference is distracting from the real GOP plan of introducing an alternative budget next week, but again, I heard Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) both say last week that we’d see a GOP alternative by now. This “blueprint” came out of the, well, blue.
Credit where it’s due: Politico heavily promoted this morning’s Republican spin on what would happen at the presser, and Thrush is owning the aftermath of what looks like a major PR fumble.
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