Guy Benson

One week after Newt Gingrich knee-capped his budget proposal on NBC's Meet the Press, Rep. Paul Ryan appeared on the same program to help clean up Newt's mess.  Under tough questioning from host David Gregory, Ryan launched a spirited defense of his plan, pushed back politely against Gingrich's deeply unfortunate remarks, and flayed Democrats for their deliberate, politically-motivated budget abdication as a debt crisis looms.  As usual, Ryan performed admirably -- employing his trademark crisp and cheerful style, augmented by a firm grasp of the issues at play.  Leadership:

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Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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