It is always entertaining to see what happens when old guard D.C. crosses paths with “young gun” D.C.

Take, for example, the recent clash between Congressmen Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis).

During a Tuesday House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, Rep. McDermott said that Tea Party groups wouldn’t have been scrutinized if they didn’t apply for tax-exempt status and engage in the activities they did:

Sounds like McDermott’s blaming conservative groups for the IRS scandal, no? An amused Paul Ryan seemed to think so.

Ryan scrapped his prepared question and instead chose to respond to the Washington congressman’s bewildering characterization of the IRS scandal:

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