Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Paul Ryan is Toothless

There's an interesting piece on the National Review about Ted Cruz.

“I was utterly shocked. He gave a world-class speech, and had he stopped seven-eighths of the way through, nobody would doubt he’d be the nominee in 2020 or 2024,” says one person who was among Cruz’s biggest donors and bundlers. “Instead he goes and says, ‘Vote your conscience,’ which everyone knows meant, ‘F Trump.’” The donor, who requested anonymity to preserve his relationship with the senator, says many of Cruz’s financial backers share his sentiments. “I haven’t talked to any of the seven-figure donors to the super PAC who are happy — this is not good,” he says. “I think he’s — I think this is not going to be easy to get over.” He estimates that Cruz alienated “about 50 percent of his supporters” with the move, then he corrects himself. “I’m really just saying 50 percent because I’m his friend. I haven’t heard a single person be positive, actually.” The donor refuses to speculate about how many of his peers might stop giving to Cruz and says that personally he will continue donating because of their friendship. He adds, however, that Cruz’s decision upset him so much that he will no longer raise money on his behalf."

Not everyone feels this way.

"The response from conservative activists has not been monolithic, and there are those who have cheered Cruz’s decision to withhold his endorsement. Blogger and radio host Erick Erickson, who derisively refers to Trump as “Cheeto Jesus,” wrote just hours after Cruz delivered his speech that the senator “will be remembered fondly by history for standing up for conviction and principle and defying Cheeto Jesus and his merry lynch mob of alt-right unprincipled racists and whores who have taken over the GOP.”

"Cruz’s lieutenants believe very much the same — that no irreparable damage has been done to his brand and that his estranged supporters will come home six months or a year from now (and certainly well before the 2020 cycle.) But that view does not fully factor in any potential fallout from the general-election result; some, like Bauer, believe that Cruz is now “hostage to Hillary Clinton” in November. “If she wins, there will be folks that argue he contributed to that outcome,” Bauer says. People close to Cruz and his team say he understands that criticism. But having drawn his line in the sand, they say, there’s no chance he will change course and endorse Trump. “It’s not going to happen — Ted Cruz has built a reputation on standing his ground,” says Rick Tyler, who served as national spokesman for the campaign until his dismissal in late February. “If he endorsed now, it would look worse.”

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My guess is he wants Trump to lose.

Time will tell how it works out for him. Does it destroy his career? 2018 will be interesting. But maybe he's on the right side of the bet.

I mean he could be Paul Ryan. At least Cruz has some dignity left.

"Paul Ryan’s office has released a series of “must-see photos” featuring a shot of the House speaker holding up the Constitution."

“Speaker Ryan holds up a pocket Constitution as a reminder that Congress' first responsibility is to support and defend the Constitution,” the caption reads.

"Although Ryan has been pictured holding up copies of the Constitution in the past, the opening photo mirrored “Gold Star” father Khizr Khan’s jab at Trump during his speech on Thursday to the Democratic National Convention, where he likewise held up a pocket copy of the document and suggested the Republican nominee read it."

"Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy," Khan said on Thursday. "In this document, look for the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection of law'."

Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala are the parents of Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.

Speaker Ryan's office said the photo had no relation to Trump's comments last week. "The photo was taken at a press conference in July. We just thought it was a good picture," press secretary AshLee Strong said.

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Sure. That's as believable as anything else Paul Ryan says these days.

Donald Trump is on a new weird junta against fire marshals who he thinks all support Hillary Clinton.

Trump repaid that Denver fire marshal who saved him from a stuck elevator by calling him out on stage.

Hillary warned at the DNC that with Trump what you see is what you get. There is no other Presidential version hiding somewhere that will show himself after he has the nuclear codes and the most powerful executive office in the world.

He has shown his gratitude for Ryan's endorsement for which he's received no little criticism much the same way as he thanked that fire marshal-or the mother of his children:

"Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday night to thank Speaker Paul Ryan’s primary election opponent, Paul Nehlen, for sticking up for Trump in his feud with a Muslim couple whose son died on active duty in Iraq."

"Thanks to @pnehlen for your kind words, very much appreciated," the Republican nominee wrote.

"Earlier in the day, Nehlen, a vocal fan of Trump, sided repeatedly with the GOP nominee in his ongoing dispute with the Khan family, who lost their son, Capt. Humayun Khan, in the Iraq War. Khizr Khan delivered a 7-minute takedown of Trump at the Democratic National Convention last week over his call to temporarily ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States."

"Paul Ryan AGAIN Misrepresents Trump Position, This Time on 'Religious Test' Brouhaha," Nehlen, who is running against Ryan in an August 9 primary, wrote in one tweet. Nehlen also linked to a Breitbart story calling Ryan a “double agent” who works also for Hillary Clinton because he countered Trump on the Khan issue."

"And the challenger wrote a blog post on his campaign website accusing Khizr Khan of “ignor[ing] recent history and reality in convention attack on Donald Trump.”

“Mr. and Mrs. Khan chose to politicize the death of their son when they appeared on-stage in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia,” the post reads. “Indeed, in his remarks Mr. Khan attacked, ridiculed and attempted to humiliate Mr. Trump and his positions on critical national security issues.”

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"They politicized it' is how they scorn this family.

 They may have criticized Trump but at least they didn't accuse him of literally killing their son like Benghazi mom. Pat Smith did.

Here the Right wing is trying to draw another false equivalence.

"Have We Forgotten That Hillary Pretty Much Called A Gold Star Mother A Liar?"

'Pretty much' are weasel words. And Pat Smith called her a murderer. Hillary is not allowed to object to this characterization? Talk about 'Do you still beat your wife.'

Meanwhile accusing the Khans of 'politicization' is the nicest thing the Trumpkins are saying about them. 

You should hear what Trump and his campaign managers are saying about them. 

Anyway, Trump is cozying up with Ryan's primary opponent for the sin of not being in Trump's side vigorously enough. Though many think Ryan has gone way too far and should unendorse Trump. 

It makes you think of John McCain's toothlessness. Yes he criticized Trump, but he still endorses him. 

"John McCain’s Toothless, Dishonest Denunciation of Trump’s Attacks on Khizr Khan
Like most Republican politicians, he wants power more than he wants integrity."

"This morning, John McCain harshly criticized Donald Trump for his ugly attacks on the parents of a fallen US soldier."

"Which is good, as far as it goes."

"Unfortunately, it didn’t go very far at all, since this grotesque narcissistic display by Trump apparently wasn’t sufficient for McCain to withdraw his endorsement of the Republican presidential candidate."

"And let’s examine what McCain actually said:

“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service,” McCain said in a statement released by his office Monday. “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”

"Except those remarks clearly do represent the views of the most important Republican candidate currently running for office, don’t they?"

'And it’s quite clear from the attacks against Khizr Khan now emanating from many conservative sources that Trump’s remarks also represent the views of a sizeable portion of the Republican Party — namely, the people who will be voting for Donald Trump."
True. You had the Trump supporters booing the an Air Force mother who criticized The Donald.
Yet McCain won't unendorse the guy who mocked his POW status. Judging by the way that Trump and Sara Palin treats him, the way to McCain's heart is to treat him like crap. Sort of how Trump says you have to treat women. 
In other news, Congress vets are calling for Ryan to unendorse Trump.
Yes, Cruz doesn't look so bad today compared with Ryan, McCain, Little Marco, and other gutless GOPers. 

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