Wanted: Angry Liberals
If the Ryan budget is so unpopular, where are the town-hall meltdowns?
So Democrats need some hot video of real, live Americans getting angry about Paul Ryan. How are they doing so far? For two days, a ThinkProgress video reporter tailed Paul Ryan in his district. The chairman of the budget committee talked to constituents. The reporter taped it. He talked to more constituents. The reporter taped it. It was at only one event, in the town of Milton, that one of Ryan's constituents grilled Ryan about taxes and ThinkProgress' reporter Scott Keyes got the video; according to ThinkProgress' editor-in-chief, Faiz Shakir, it was the best clip from two days' reporting.
"You have to lower spending," said one constituent. "But it's a matter of there's nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down."
"We do tax the top," said Ryan as he is drowned out by boos.
It's hardly incendiary. But for Democratic activists looking for some anger, it's a start.
David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet at him @daveweigel.
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