Saturday, July 30, 2016

Do Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan Have any Sense of Shame?

Conservative anti Trumper Max Boot:

I want to belong to Party of Khizr Khan not Donald Trump."

Khizr Khan was on Lawrence O'Donnell last night. Sadly, he gives the two GOP Congressional leaders way too much credit. They will never put anything before party loyalty.

At the height of the Great Recession, Mitch McConnell was saying his number one priority was making Obama a one term President. And after all, a weaker economy makes that more likely.

So, unfortunately, Khan's stirring appeal is going into deaf ears. Neither Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan has any shame whatsoever.

"Praising Ryan and McConnell each as patriots and decent human beings, Khan said it was time to demonstrate that leadership by putting aside potential political fallout to follow a “moral imperative.”

“Isn't it time to repudiate Trump, what he has said, what he has threatened to do? This is a moral imperative for both leaders to say to him that enough,” a visibly shaken Khan said. “You are about to sink the ship of the patriot Republicans.”

"Noting Ryan and McConnell’s reluctance to fully embrace Trump’s policies –- despite their public endorsements of the Republican nominee –- Khan said the party's leadership needed to take more decisive action in opposing his candidacy."

“They have disagreed with his practices, his threats to minorities, disrespect to the legal system, legal institutions,” he said. “If your candidate wins and he governs the way he has campaigned, my country, this country will have constitutional crisis that never before in the history of this country.”

"Despite acknowledging the political hurdles that would be faced by Republican leadership openly challenging their own nominee, Khan said it was time to denounce Trump, for him, Ryan and McConnell alike."

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Jennifer Rubin had a piece yesterday about the possibility of Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton working together in 2017.

"House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) implausibly — and contradictorily — insists that he agrees more than he disagrees with Donald Trump, and besides can stop the long list of nutty stuff Trump wants to do. In fact, the two differ on entitlement reform, trade, immigration, Russia, NATO and much more. The really nutty stuff Trump may do — disregarding treaties, wrecking alliances, cozying up to Vladimir Putin, ignoring court decisions, fueling bigotry, provoking a standoff with our military, ruining America’s international image — Ryan would be hard-pressed to stop."

"Listening to Hillary Clinton’s speech, however, the reverse may be true. Ryan and Clinton might agree on some big things, while Republicans could block or reduce portions of her agenda they find unwise. As to the latter, Congress can decline to pass many items on her wish list (mandatory paid leave, expansion of Social Security, “free college tuition”). Other items simply are not going to happen (e.g., a constitutional amendment to repealCitizens United). But there are things they can agree on: Spending on infrastructure, promoting alternatives to four-year college, reform of legal immigration, corporate tax reform, redoubling efforts against the Islamic State, and military assistance to Israel."

I agree with her that they could find some common ground.

Right now with the clear Democrat demand for a higher MW, if Paul Ryan where smart, he'd do a Scott Sumner and offer a higher Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
That's been the trouble with the GOP in the Obama years. Their refusal to compromise with Obama has left them worse off. Like they could have had corporate tax reform, chained CPI for Social Security, the Medicare retirement age pushed up to 68 and the Bush tax cuts expiring for those who make more than $1 million per year. 
Now entitlement reform is DOA-the Dems want to raise not cut Social Security benefits-and in 2013 the Bush tax cuts expired for everyone who makes more than $450,000. When you say my way or the highway you usually get the highway. 
For my part as a liberal I'm glad: I didn't want any of those things. If Ryan is smart he should start trying to meet Hillary in the middle next year; I'm presuming she wins and doesn't disappoint Obama's faith in our country. 
However, I do think that Paul Ryan is tarnishing himself by his embrace of Trump even if it's kind of qualified. 
And the fact is, if Trump did win-God forbid-then Ryan would very happily work with him to destroy Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and install some very conservative justices on the Supreme Court. 
So unfortunately Khiz Khan gives these two GOP leaders too much credit. 

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