A guest submission from Rochelle Edvalson

I have been having nightmares. Nightmares about the debt ceiling debacle. Seriously. I’m not kidding. The pundits who keep saying that the American people are not tuned in to this debate are absolutely wrong. Heroes are emerging on each side of the aisle. Paul Ryan has for many months now been considered the lovable but slightly goofy republican mascot. This speech seals the deal, and probably moves him from mascot, to at the very least, sidekick. (Although, one could argue that full-on hero status will be forthcoming.)

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