Facts are annoying to a snake oil slaesman, they can threaten and even topple a foundation built on anti-facts. It may sound strange to those of us who dwell in the reality based universe, but many in the Teaparty wingnut division of the GOP are just now hearing how out of step they are with that reality. Paul Ryan offers a window into the dissonance
NYMag — The thing about Ryan is that he has always resided in a counter-factual universe. He is a product of the hermetically sealed right-wing subculture. Many of the facts taken for granted by mainstream economists have never penetrated his brain. Ryan burst onto the national scene with a dense, fact-laden attack on the financing of Obama’s health-care bill that was essentially a series of hallucinations, pseudo-facts cooked up and recirculated by conservative apparatchiks who didn’t know what they were talking about or didn’t care. His big-think speeches reflect the influence of fact-free conservatives and collapse under scrutiny.
If you sit in a cage, even a very nice cage full of yummy treats and gentle pets and perks from admirers, you lose a certain edge. Ryan, like so many contemporary conservatives, has spent too much time being fed and nuzzled in that safe environment created by Fox and friends. Now it’s starting to show.