The politics of the Ryan roll-out did not boost my confidence in the possibility of its success. Talk about the importance of "beginning a debate" is really an invitation to demagoguery, as was the case in the 26th. Churchill said that in wartime truth needed a bodyguard of lies. In this war the other side had the lies, while Ryan had a kind of inconvenient truth. Simply unveiling a controversial budget plan and expecting reasonable debate to ensue is an act of self-immolation.