Monday, July 18, 2016

Paul Ryan and the GOP's Day of Shame

The man who hoped to be his party's future will gave in the GOP convention for Hitler 2.0. Day of shame for Ryan and for his party.

"House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is slated to speak for 10 minutes at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week."

"The speech will focus on his policy blueprint for the House–the Better Way project–and is expected to draw a crisp distinction between the House GOP's agenda and what is being proposed by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton."

"But Ryan's role at the convention will extend far beyond what is captured on cameras in prime time or even what is seen of his official duties as chairman of the Republican convention."

"In many ways, Ryan's role at the 2016 convention may even eclipse the one he held four years ago when he emerged as the party's vice presidential nominee, then just a 42-year-old chairman of the House Budget Committee."

The GOP is not expecting victory.

"The priority for Paul Ryan is to not cash in all his chips in trying to make 2016 a winner for the Republicans because they don’t have a prayer," said Wisconsin-based Republican operative and former Wisconsin Republican Party executive director Brandon Scholz. "It is more about laying the foundation as he has been doing ... it's about the future."

"For now, it appears that the last gasps of the Never Trump movement have been squelched and any chance of a messy, contested floor fight have officially been stopped, but the underlying unrest in the party will still be an undeniable factor at the convention. Already, the Republican platform has moved to the right on issues like immigration where leaders like Ryan once urged the party to moderate. The platform rejected the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal Ryan has been vocal in supporting. And Ryan's position on the nominee himself, has left some wondering if Ryan is the leader they thought he was."

David French:

"The leaders of the party that ended slavery now endorse a man who bullies women, lies habitually, and incites violence. My heart breaks."

Truly not much of what was ever worth being proud of in being a Republican is left. Trump is more or less taking a big, steaming dump on the Lincoln legacy.

"Legend has it that after leveling Carthage in the Third Punic War, Roman army generals ordered that the city’s fields be sown with salt so that they’d lie fallow for years, Roman generals not being particularly well known for their benevolence in victory."

"Many Republicans think Donald Trump’s nomination is doing roughly the same thing to their party: destroying any chance for growth it once had and leaving the GOP to wither and die on Trump vineyard vines."

“My general sense, looking at this election, is that what we’re witnessing here is the end of something much more than the beginning of something,” Yuval Levin, editor of the conservative policy journal, National Affairs told me recently."
Fallow for years. Politico has a longer, interesting piece on the future of the GOP such as it is.
 Of course, as a Democrat, I'm rooting for the Romans.
  Friends and Romans, Romans and Friends, Lend Me Your Ears!. 


  1. Mike, this is amazing:

    “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

    That's Trump's ghost writer!

    1. More:

      If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”

  2. Wow. Talk about remorse! Incredible.

  3. I guess he won't be speaking at the convention!

  4. Maybe Hilary can have him speak at the Dems'?

    1. He should speak two or three times at the Dems.