The day Paul Ryan met Jay-Z, and other GOP dilemmas

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Gwen Ifill’s take on the 57th Presidential Inauguration (Photo by Efren Salinas):

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, by his own count, was seated about eight rows back from where he’d hoped to be on Inauguration Day. Instead of Mitt Romney, he was greeting the musician Jay-Z. (“He came up and shook my hand and was very friendly,” Ryan said later.)

When Ryan took his seat, the lawmaker seated next to him - who he wouldn’t name — leaned over. Who were Jay-Z and Beyonce, the lawmaker wanted to know?

That’s as handy a way as there is to describe the gulf that endures these days between Democrats and Republicans. The winners get to paint the day in the colors they choose. The losers sit eight rows back.

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