Now this is rich: according to Politico‘s Alex Isenstadt, Speaker John Boehner had to hold an evening conference call with Republican House members concerned that Paul Ryan’s presence on the ticket would end up “tying them” to his “controversial plan to rework the nation’s entitlement programs.”

Unless the jittery Members were among the four House Republicans (one of whom is retiring) who voted against Ryan’s budget resolution earlier this year, instead of the 235 who voted for it, then it seems a little cowardly of them to complain about being “tied” to a bill they voted for so recently. Since the bill represented pretty much the entire GOP agenda for this Congress, I can’t imagine they didn’t think it would come up on the campaign trail, with or without Ryan on the ticket. Boehner apparently advised them to get right on those talking points about Obama’s massive cuts to Medicare, without mentioning they had voted for that, too, in the Ryan budget.

Accountability’s tough, ain’t it?

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.