Paul Ryan. Ugh.

Sure, everybody is seen this coming, but it is still disappointing.  Not exactly surprisingly, for all his talk of principles, Paul Ryan has shown that like most all other Republicans, what’s best for our nation is decidedly not his fundamental principle.  No matter how much one hates Hillary Clinton and Democrats, Paul Ryan is absolutely smart enough to know just how much of a potential danger Donald Trump represents to American democracy as we know it.  The Post lets loose in an Editorial:

AS DONALD Trump was building a campaign on lies, bigotry, insults, fearmongering and unreason, a few Republican leaders of apparent principle offered some resistance. Foremost among them was House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). In March, Mr. Ryan insisted that “all of us as leaders can hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and decency” and that “we shouldn’t accept ugliness as the norm.”

On Thursday Mr. Ryan capitulated to ugliness. It was a sad day for the speaker, for his party and for all Americans who hoped that some Republican leaders would have the fortitude to put principle over partisanship, job security or the forlorn fantasy that Mr. Trump will advance a traditional GOP agenda [emphasis mine]

Now Mr. Ryan has endorsed a man whose “solutions” include banning Muslims from entering the country, who casts aspersions on judges because of their ethnicity, who mocks the disabled, who lies constantly, who would muzzle the free press. Each one of these is disqualifying — particularly for anyone who believes in conducting the nation’s politics in a constructive, reasonable manner or who claims to have the long-term interests of the nation, rather than a short-term win at the ballot box or in Congress, in mind…

Following Mr. Ryan’s endorsement, some insisted that the speaker had little choice. This is false. “My dad used to say, ‘If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem,’” Mr. Ryan said in March. When he has a comparable conversation with his children, how will Mr. Ryan explain the decision he made in this campaign?

I also loved what Seth Masket wrote on FB:

Say “party of ideas” again. Say it. I dare you. I double dare you, Mr. Speaker. Say it one more goddamn time.

And an Yglesias tweet:


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5 Responses to Paul Ryan. Ugh.

  1. Jon K says:

    Although I don’t like Ryan endorsing Trump, I don’t think he could have avoided it. I give him credit for holding out as long as he did. As the Speaker, and also chair of the convention, he couldn’t really do anything else. He has responsibilities to the RNC and his fellow house members to do what he can to unify the party. If he were to be seen as helping Hillary to become president his credibility and ability to lead the republicans in the house would be seriously diminished. I don’t see how he could remain the Speaker if he was on record as being opposed to the GOP nominee.

    • Steve Greene says:

      True. But he’s often held up as a more principled politician. He’s not. This was cold, political calculation. Is there nobody with genuine principles willing to stand up to the travesty that is Trump?

      • Jon K. says:

        Bill Kristol, Mitt Romney, and Jeb Bush are pretty loudly saying that they won’t vote for Trump.

      • Steve Greene says:

        What we need is an *elected office-holding* Republican to stand up to Trump. Or at least somebody other than Ben Sasse. Right-wing nut, but more power to him.

  2. R, Jenrette says:

    Yes, those cravens who opposed Trump so vigorously in the GOP primaries will be remembered as enabling Donald.
    But so are those protestors who waved Mexican flags, assaulted Trump supporters and even burned an American flag. They made Trump’s case for him and made others angry because they don’t understand American values any more than he does.

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