Please spend a minute and watch John Boehner talk about Paul Ryan on Fox News:
In case you missed it, here it is in black and white:
"I mean, I think that he's a practical conservative. He's got a very conservative voting record, but he's not a knuckle-dragger, all right? He understood that TARP, while none of us wanted to do it, if we were going to save -- save our economy, save the world economy, it had to happen. I wish we didn't have to do it, either, but he understood that."
Remembering that the Tea Party was strongly against the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP, one would have to assume that Mr. Boehner was referring to them.
It's interesting that he chose the words "knuckle-dragger", an inference that those who opposed TARP are not as high on the evolutionary scale as Mr. Ryan since, the dictionary defines a knuckle-dragger as "Holding beliefs, or having attitudes thought to be primitive or uncivilised; hence apelike."
Wrong words to use for a group that generally has creationist leanings! I would think that's a good way to alienate at least part of your grass roots.