Ok, Lincoln we “get” – and some of us, via TV, “met” President Reagan - but we’re all wet about – who knew - Jack Kemp. Jack of who? He was something called the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. To Ryan he’s a stalwart, a star, a stirring soul - which tells us more about Paul’s embarrassingly evident wackiness than it does his supposedly inherent smartness.
Basically, Ryan’s Daffy Duck - proven by his quacky position, as of May 6th - and continuing through to at least May 25th - in his position of not backing Republican Party presidential nominee, Trump.
Donald displeases Ryan. So, possibly do the 2 million more voters Trump brought into the primary than Romney did in 2012 – and do the 11 million Trump backers - after accounting for the Nebraska and West Virginia primaries too.
Ryan should recall he was the Romney VP nominee on that year’s ticket that got slaughtered by Barack Obama – and BO, Republicans are fond of bitterly recollecting, stunk the house out as president in his first four-year reign.
Ryan should realize that Trump fights – fights to WIN.
So while Trump’s a big success, Ryan’s a big sourpuss, withholding his “approval” while upholding and extolling long-gone gamers: Abe, Ronald, and Jack. Ryan’s lousy thinking is sadly and sickly symptomatic of the views of many traditional GOP members. No wonder Democrats, Independents and the largely uninvolved laugh at Romney, Ryan, McCain, Jeb and mommy Jeb - though they deem “The Donald” a side-show carnival act with nothing to offer but his hair and hare-brained solutions.
Ryan, full of despair, accuses Trump of sullying the GOP reputation but Ryan, and before him Speaker John Boehner - and their establishment Republican cohorts made the Grand Old Party into a puling pack of rank appeasement artists.
If Ryan, and Trump for that matter, expect the party to reunify under “core principles” that will never happen. (And a 45-minute meeting on May 12th – with a joint statement to boot, changed little.) Trump is flexible in the face of changing realities while the GOP is servile in the face of any Democratic Party caterwauling or mainstream media complainings.
Ryan and Republicans know that Republicans are “all over the map” in their opinions of Trump but they should take solace in this immutable fact. So far, so are his supporters , all over the map - the one map that counts - the American one.
Trump has got the world’s attention – no matter that he’s not respected “on both sides of the American aisle” and no matter that Paul Ryan doesn’t know what’s what – or no matter, for that matter, that ardent smug, liberal lover, comic Bill Maher, is doing his best spew-screw-you reviews about the Trumpster...to no discernible effect.
His latest diatribe was for Maher, almost, shockingly – in the political vein, mentally sound and sane - in which he put the blame on conservatives, as opposed to liberals, for the rise of Trump – and, get this, his normally and unusually sick-in-the-head adulating audience could barely rise to a half-hearted token hurrah and applause – because they know (as much as they can know anything - as opposed to “feel” everything) deep down, that Trump - Trumps - in not only saving conservatives - for whatever they’re worth, and in not only saving the Republican Party – for the little they’re worth - but in that he’ll first, stop the seemingly inexorable decline of the States accelerated under Obama’s rule and, second, save the USA, the salt of the earth, that it so may, third, rise and shine again.
Thus, Donald deserves the winner’s berth. Jack Nicklaus lauds him - hardly par for the course - and as for Ryan and the Republicans pre-Trump, or without Trump going forward, they deserve being buried as a bump, as a pile of dirt.
So they can truly, finally, be with Jack, Abe, and Ronnie.