Appearing on Meet the Press this Sunday, Paul Ryan seemed to tweak his approach to attacking Obamacare in light of the recent disaster surrounding the government shutdown.
“I think we have to replace this law,” Ryan said. “I believe we can have a system in this country where everybody has access to affordable healthcare — including people with preexisting conditions — without it costing a government takeover with more freedom.”
“We also don’t want to have shutdown drama so we can focus on replacing Obamacare,” Ryan added.
The statements seemed to be a tacit admission that a certain wing of the GOP is trying to make a subtle break from Tea Party factions. Even House Speaker John Boehner has escalated the ongoing struggle over the future of the Republican Party.
For much of this year, the GOP has dug a deep hole for itself. With its credibility diminished, polling at historical lows and its direction heavily influenced by conservative fringe elements, Ryan has apparently decided it’s time to stop digging.