Ryan the Clueless

Remember Paul Ryan? The former house speaker and Ayn Rand devotee who grovels before the rich and said that even when he was still in college he fantasized about cutting benefits to the poor? That he is a truly awful person goes without saying. It turns out that he is also utterly self-unaware, as can be seen from the advice he offered Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when he met her after her victory in November.

“I talked to her, AOC — everybody calls her AOC … She’s the youngest person now there. I gave her just a few little tips on just being a good member of Congress, new. I don’t think she really listened to a thing I said,” Ryan said, to laughter from the audience.

“Take it easy, just watch things for a while, don’t ruffle any — see how it works first,” he added of the advice he gave to Ocasio-Cortez.

It did not seem to strike Ryan that telling the world that she ignored him would demonstrate her sterling good sense and just add to her luster.

Twitter has been brutal in its treatment of Ryan trying to mansplain how Congress works to someone who has been clear that she feels that the status quo needs to be changed and did not ask for his advice in the first place.


  1. kestrel says

    Friend of mine had a T-shirt that said, “When I want your advice, I’ll beat it out of you”. Thanks but no thanks, Paul.

  2. jrkrideau says

    Anybody have a net worth evaluation on Ryan before he arrived in the House and now he is leaving?

    Just asking for a friend.

  3. lorn says

    Seems he is mellowing in his old age. Thinking he was making a gracious offer, he might have offered her a job as a maid after she gets kicked out of office. It would be the most generous thing an ubermensch, and job creator, can do. He would, of course, be blind to the condescension. As is the Ayn Rand way.

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