Mockery, Shaming and Illustrating Utter Hypocrisy Do Not Equal Gloating Over Unelectability. Far from it. But I want to comfort some friends of mine who expressed understandable concern about the immediate and widespread reaction to Paul Ryan’s elevation from Greatest GOP Congressional Thinker to Chancellor for Domestic Programs in the potential Romney Administration. That mockery, laughter, shaming Ryan over his ‘philosophical underpinnings,’ and illustrating his utter hypocrisy was far-flung. At the same time, though, friends counseled, “Be careful, caution is required, don’t take anything for granted, remember these people have an entire media hellscape in their pocket!”