By his own standards, Ryan cannot plausibly, honestly endorse Trump

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It’s a big day in Washington today. Donald Trump, having seized at least temporary control of the Republican Party, descends upon the city that he hopes to make his home for the next eight years, and he has the place all in a titter.

Some, including more than a few Republicans, remain horrified at the thought that Mister Trump might be transformed into Mister President a few months from now; others are eager to greet the conqueror, to kneel and kiss the Trumpian ring, hopeful that they might prosper at his feet. As Rachel Lu writes in National Review, they have “sold their conservative birthright for a mess of white-identity politics,” and appear quite pleased with the deal.

The most important of Trump’s several meetings today is that with Paul Ryan, who has so far withheld his endorsement. The speaker of the House has said he needs the conversation to determine whether true party unity — unity based on shared ideals and goals — is possible with Trump as the GOP nominee.

“We have to be a party that is broad and inclusive, that is principled, that applies those principles to the problems of the day, offering the country better solutions and actually appeals to independents and disaffected Democrats,” Ryan told the Wall Street Journal.

(UPDATE: After his private meeting with Trump, Ryan said this morning that he was “very encouraged” about the prospect of unifying the party but would not yet commit to endorsing his party’s presumptive nominee, pending additional discussions.)

Personally, I read that list and conclude that Ryan cannot, in the end, find it possible to endorse Trump. At least not with any degree of honesty or plausibility. There is no honest, plausible way to reconcile a demand for “a broad and inclusive” party with a candidate who dismisses Mexican immigrants as rapists and killers, who wants to bar Muslims from entering the country. There is no way to fool yourself into seeing Trump as a man of any principle whatsoever, let alone conservative principle.

Those who claim that they are waiting to see if Trump can change his nature or “tone it down” are in truth telling us that they themselves are malleable. They know that Trump is not capable of change; he is who he has shown us to be. He seeks no goal other than his own advancement and the gratification of his own ego, and he recognizes no limits on what he will do or say to achieve that gratification.

It’s also important to remember that this is a man who launched his entrance into politics by publicly espousing the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in this country, and thus was an illegal usurper as president. Trump even dispatched investigators to Hawaii to uncover the truth, proudly telling the media that “I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding.”

“We’re looking into it very, very strongly. At a certain point in time I’ll be revealing some interesting things … you’ll be very surprised,” Trump said at the time. We have yet to hear what they found, but we do know what Trump found. He found a political environment in which such things could be said without penalty. From there, he has since gone on to publicly embrace other bizarre nonsense, such as the suggestion that Ted Cruz’s father helped to assassinate JFK.

Again, in a sane time, in a sane political party, such tin-foil-hat statements would disqualify a candidate for running for a lowly town council seat. But in these times, in this party, they allow you to become the presumptive GOP nominee to be president.

Ryan recognizes the bizarreness of the situation, just as he recognizes the very great danger to both his party and country. But he also must feel very great internal GOP pressure to pretend otherwise. He is being told that to balk at endorsing Trump is to open the doors of the White House to the woman whom the right has turned into a cartoon character named Hitlery, the Hildabeast, Killery Klintoon. He is also being reminded that whether he likes it or not, Trump is the choice of the GOP electorate, and that he should bend to that decision.

It’s not a comfortable position, but in mulling his dilemma perhaps Ryan should seek guidance from the words of Edmund Burke, the 18th century English statesman who is widely considered the intellectual father of modern conservatism. Among other things, Burke rejected the idea that elected representatives are “bound blindly and implicitly to obey, to vote, and to argue for” things that the public may support temporarily but that are “contrary to the clearest conviction of his judgment and conscience.”

“Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion,” Burke warned.

By the way, he also warned that “rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.”

 

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I was more than a little slow to notice, but Kyle's done one of his dumber pieces in a very long while.

Didja know that SS "reform" involving means-testing all those goo-gobs of Rich Folks What Git SS would be a great way to resolve any revenue issues it might have?

And the usual crap about school choice and Both Sides Duit.

Blech. I don't usually call Kyle out on truly subpar work in his comments because he's a pretty nice guy and rational for a conservative, but I hadda.

[on edit] Prolly a good thing this gets deadthreaded.

Peachs
Peachs

I don't even go over there, we get enough of those guys over here!

KUTGF
KUTGF

Brad Thor, for one, is raising red flags that Trump is not a "true conservative." Via Salon:

“We keep on hearing that Trump is going to become ‘more presidential,'” Thor continued, “but even after his Wisconsin win, he’s still going on about that Rafael Cruz-JFK assassination garbage and calling George Will a ‘loser.’ I think Donald Trump is interviewing for the most important job in the world and we’re seeing him at his best — and it’s horrible.”

Thor refused to back off the assertions made in his Facebook post, later saying that “if you look at Donald Trump’s character, he particularly has a very disturbing character trait, which is a tilt toward authoritarianism. And throughout history when you have leaders that tilt toward authoritarianism, very bad things happen.”

Wohl said that Trump’s ability to “get down and dirty with people” is a feature, not a bug, but Thor replied that Trump’s “got more positions than a porn star,” which gave Kelly pause. “I don’t want Don Rickles running the White House!” he added

rimsky
rimsky

After railing against a "corrupt" fundraising system in the Republican primaries, Donald Trump now says he will raise hundreds of millions of dollars to compete in the general election.

But the new money Trump raises is available not only for future campaigning — it can also go directly into Trump's pocket, reimbursing him for his personal spending in the primaries.///////

Trump lied to his rubes.

Peachs
Peachs

At least he's being a straight up thief about it and not mixing in a bunch of religious family value crap!

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

"Aggressive cuts to entitlements are at the heart of the Speaker's (Ryan) economic program."

NEVAH forget that. If Ayn Rand wrote a book about poisoned dwarfs, which would have the same connection to reality as her fictional adolescent stories, it would be titled "Paul Atlas Ryan"


And remember this, when some slick tries to Republican-ize another word to mean whatever they want it to mean - ahem

Entitlement is an accounting term. Let me explain that word to you. It means an obligation, a Payable to a Party who is entitled to that payment. It is an already established Liability

If you laugh at Trump for asking creditors to take less, you should be ready to revolt when the Republicans do the very same f*^ing thing to YOU. - he-ne-ha said that. 



Peachs
Peachs

Like the Hope scholarship! Where did all that money go?

Peachs
Peachs

We are the only place in the world that takes failure, and duplicates it,and then expects a different result!

rimsky
rimsky

Touch Social Securiteh./////

Mr. Simon that should be the first sentence in every Hillary's speeches.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@rimsky if there's one reason to vote, if there's one reason to vote Blue, it's that one.

If she hammers that, makes it known that she'll protect SS, while exposing what the con-artists are wanting to do, she'll win 48 states.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Do gay guys fight?


Dunno. Might want to ask the four cops who were injured in NYC on June 28, 1969.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

DANG! "Touch my monkey"? Ball gags and chaps?

jay? Could you please "tone down" your liberals?

schnirt 

honested
honested

@FIGMO2 

Merely identifying what all is for sale in republiklanland.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@FIGMO2 says the apple cheeked supporter of the guy telling dck jokes during the family hour in front of my 9 & 7 yr old. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@FIGMO2 There is a first time for everything, but, I wouldn't hold out much hope, Figgie.

honested
honested

Was chump spotted waiting outside ryan's office this morning wearing chaps and a ball gag begging for a second chance?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@honested Have you stopped beating your wife?  (since we are going back to grade school, apparently)

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@honested 

If Trump just takes him out on another couple dates, Ryan will give him the endorsing of his life.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Visual_Cortex From the piece:

I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular...”

 - Donald Trump

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex 

There he was in a picture with that former wife who was recently on "Dancing in the Back Seat Of Cars".

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

"Donald Trump doesn't really have policy positions these days. He has policy moods. Apparently, his latest mood - judging from the remarks of chief policy adviser Sam Clovis - is that he's willing to consider cutting Social Security if his proposals do not generate the promised boost to the economy. The declaration is mostly of interest because it suggests that Trump is trying to meet the GOP establishment, and particularly Paul Ryan, halfway. Aggressive cuts to entitlements are at the heart of the Speaker's economic program."

Once again, it takes a European writer to tell the truth.

ahem, entitlement is an accounting term. Let me explain that word to you. It means an obligation, a Payable to a Party who is entitled to that payment. It is an already established liability. If you laugh at Trump for asking creditors to take less, you should be ready to revolt when the Republicans do the very same f*^ing thing to YOU. - he-ne-ha said that. Read on.


 "As an election plank, however, this is a non-starter. Older (Murican) voters care a lot about Social Securityandthey vote. This is particularly true in Florida, which is essential to Trump's electoral map. So, expect The Donald's 'mood' on this one to change again very soon."

Again, Ryan is a sicker ^&* than Trump. 

Touch Social Securiteh. Go ahead punks. Touch it.

You'll have your next convention in a bathroom stall.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

"You'll have your next convention in a bathroom stall." While trying to convince the transgendered folks there that you really like them.

Peachs
Peachs

You've got Trump riding around in an airplane with his name on it, ,trophy wives on his arm, every building in the other side of New York,has his name on it nothing paid for ,bankruptcies, and this is the DNA of a conservative?

You have to give the Trump supporters credit for the guts they show!. The religious Bible thumping,, family values ,while in their evil souls the real them was brewing. Like gays waiting for the right moment to come out of the closet! Oh the freedom these unwashed masses must feel in Republican Party!

Peachs
Peachs

We have developed a filtering system in our politics, it is similar to the New York sanitation department..

People are rubes, and proud of it! Suddenly bad breath, body odor are in style! Their poster child is an obese woman eating a leg chicken! This is a destination point for many in this country. And being a card-carrying Republican is their certification ,that they have been filtered and baptized.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Those who claim that they are waiting to see if Trump can change his nature or “tone it down” are in truth telling us that they themselves are malleable.

As opposed to obstructive? Rigid? Resistant? Uncompromising?

I wish you'd make up your mind, jay.

schnirt

ByteMe
ByteMe

@FIGMO2 I've heard they had to put their principles in a lockbox for this election season.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@FIGMO2 I doubt they ever will.  But at least she's being honest about that.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@ByteMe @FIGMO2

Not lately she isn't. The longer Bernie hangs on, the more pandering her persona.

honested
honested

@FIGMO2 

Let's use the correct term for what passes as policy proposals from chump.......WRONG.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

"...[Trump's] a very warm and genuine person." So Speaker Ryan begins his descent down the rabbit hole.