Update 1:58 p.m.: Rep. Ryan has responded with a fiery statement of his own. Via Politico: "Like his reckless budgets," Ryan writes, "today’s speech by President Obama is as revealing as it is disappointing: While others lead by offering real solutions, he has chosen to distort the truth and divide Americans in order to distract from his failed record."
Original: So far, President Obama has been known to address his Republican rivals mostly by implication. Not so at Tuesday's Associated Press luncheon, where he spoke directly about Rep. Paul Ryan and his likely rival Mitt Romney. We expect Obama's notably harsh critiques of Ryan's budget plan to whip the political punditry into a tizzy of analysis, rebuttal, and praise for the foreseeable future. Some highlights from previews of the speech released to the press:
It’s a Trojan Horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It’s nothing but thinly-veiled Social Darwinism.
Yowza. Also, one for the Reaganites:
In this country, broad-based prosperity has never trickled down from the success of a wealthy few. It has always come from the success of a strong and growing middle class.
(Update: Obama added during the Q&A, that Ronald Reagan "couldn't get through a Republican primary today," presumably because he's too moderate. We anxiously await the Wall Street Journal editorial board's response.)