And emerges, if not victorious, at least with his head held high.
Paul Ryan delivered a slap upside the head to the numskulls at AARP.
From "Ryan at the AARP: The real story is that he didn't trim his ideas and still won applause":
"Everyone knows that Medicare spending can't continue on its current course, and one difference in this campaign is that Mr. Ryan is willing to say so while Mr. Obama and his media and AARP phalanx pretend otherwise."
Everyone knows it. Few wish to think about it.
Not a way to run a country.