So Many Paul Ryans

So few Ayn Rands.

… “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.” And she didn’t drive him into politics because he couldn’t stand her philosophy, either. Ryan made those comments at a dinner in Washington, D.C. honoring Ayn Rand’s birthday — hosted by The Atlas Society, a group that takes its name from Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged and is dedicated to promoting her ideas But today, in an interview with National Review‘s Robert Costa, Ryan says something very different:

‘You know you’ve arrived in politics when you have an urban legend about you, and this one is mine,” chuckles Representative Paul Ryan, the Budget Committee chairman, as we discuss his purported obsession with author and philosopher Ayn Rand… These Rand-related slams, Ryan says, are inaccurate and part of an effort on the left to paint him as a cold-hearted Objectivist…
“If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas… Don’t give me Ayn Rand…”

 Of course I could have just posted a, “What Digby Says,”

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