Paul Ryan

Why Paul Ryan Might Not Back Donald Trump—And Why He Shouldn't

The House Speaker's refusal to back his party's nominee would be a small but important step away from two-party politics.

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After Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced last week that he was not yet ready back Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, for president, I wrote that I expected he would come around to eventually supporting the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

After all, Ryan made sure to qualify his lack of support by saying that he wasn't ready yet, and he suggested that he was open and even interested in the possibility of supporting Trump at some point in the future. It looked very much like Ryan, who had criticized Trump's behavior throughout the campaign, was out to influence Trump's campaign, at least a little, and push him in a direction that Ryan might prefer.

I still think that's a plausible outcome. But I'm no longer quite as certain that Ryan will end up supporting Trump.

Ryan, who is set to chair the GOP convention this summer at which Trump is expected to be nominated, said yesterday that he would be willing to step down from those duties if Trump asked, suggesting that he might be willing to separate himself entirely from the GOP nominee. And Josh Barro of The Business Insider makes a strong case that Ryan won't back Trump, because it wouldn't serve his ultimate goal of reforming the entitlement system and the government's entire fiscal structure. "If (as I think is the case) Ryan's real priority is policy, not power," Barro writes, "he has nothing to gain from backing Trump right now."

That's not a bad way of thinking about Ryan, who has tended to make decisions that give him political power, yes, but which also better position him to advance his policy goals, and to define the GOP's economic agenda. And it may prove right.

But Ryan is also an institutionalist who cares deeply about the strength and cohesion of the Republican party. It's not an accident that when he initially declined to support Trump, he said that it was because Trump had not yet unified the GOP. Preserving party unity and stability is an important goal for Ryan, independent of his policy goals. It's also important because he views a strong GOP, unified behind his agenda (or something close) as a way to advance his policy goals.

Ryan has an almost family-like devotion to the Republican party, and so the struggle here for him is difficult in the way that family dramas are often difficult. The question I imagine he is weighing is how to mitigate damage to the institution. Is it better to back Trump in the name of unity and harmony? Or better to oppose Trump—or at least decline to support him, which amounts to the same thing—in the name of preserving the party's identity, and in hopes of better positioning both himself and the party for whatever comes next?

Ryan and Trump are set to meet on Thursday of this week in order to talk things over, so this drama may end soon. And at this point, I think the outcome of that meeting could go either way, with Ryan backing Trump, or with him stepping down from the convention and declining to endorse the GOP nominee.

And if that happens, then Ryan, who is in many ways the party's standard bearer, would almost certainly end up backing no one for president all. He's stated clearly that he believes no one should support Hillary Clinton, and although a staffer raised the possibility of endorsing a third party candidate last week, Ryan has since ruled that out as well.

So Ryan, the institutionalist caretaker of the GOP, may end up breaking with the party—presumably in hopes that it can be salvaged after the Trump phenomenon runs its course.

That it is even a conceivable possibility that a party stalwart and leadership figure like Ryan might not back Trump suggests how unusual this election cycle is. This is deep into uncharted waters. And it suggests how weak and fractured the Republican party has become—and how much weakness there was even before Trump arrived on the scene.

Ryan won't leave the GOP entirely, and even if he withholds his support, he won't back another candidate, offering no endorsement instead. But even this would represent a significant break from the party, a major step away from Republican party politics as we have known them.

This would be a good step—and not simply because Donald Trump is a dangerous, authoritarian know-nothing who appeals to racists and has toyed with the idea of ordering the military to commit war crimes (although that, of course, should be enough). 

It would be good because it would represent a significant public statement that it is acceptable and even necessary for individuals, even those in prominent positions within political parties, to sometimes work outside of the two-party binary, to say that neither choice is acceptable and that no choice meets the threshold for acceptability.

It would be good because Ryan would be setting a precedent for working outside that system, or at least for declining to enthusiastically accept its many limitations.

It would be good because it would represent the return, in a small way, of power and authority to the legislative branch in a time when far too much has been ceded to the executive

And it would be good because Ryan would be taking a small but meaningful step towards preventing the sort of rotten lockstep thinking that led the GOP to Trump in the first place. He would be saying that parties and their nominees must earn their support rather than assume it, that no one's backing—not even from the speaker of the House—should be taken as a given. He would be sending the message that dissent and self-criticism within political parties is healthy and vital, and should never be treated as something to be silenced or punished.

I don't know what Ryan will decide, and I don't envy his choice, which pits his institutionalist priorities against his personal agenda. But I think it's clear enough that he doesn't really like Donald Trump, and doesn't support Trump's tone or general approach to politics—and with good reason. 

So I hope that, for the good of American politics, as well as his own conscience, Ryan will take this opportunity to definitively say so, and in doing so, make it easier for others to do so in the future. 

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  1. Paul Ryan should do whatever he wants to do. What I don’t understand is why anyone thinks this matters? Congress is loathed by the entire country. Paul Ryan is so unpopular in his own party right now he is facing a primary challenge that he might not win.

    Few outside the beltway journolist bubble gives a shit who Paul Ryan supports. And most of the few who do, would view his support as a negative for Trump. Does Suderman really think Trump is going to win or lose based on whether Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney support him? What color is the sky in that world?

    1. More importantly, why do you always whip out your rage boner on Pete’s articles? Do you hate him because you’re jealous that he took your woman off the market?

      1. Sorry, Amy Farah Fowler was never my thing. NTTAWWT but not my thing pal.

        And Suderman writes stupid shit a lot of the time. If you don’t like me calling him on it, tell him to get smarter.

      2. because Suderman’s entire POV is cancer. when he’s not parroting Mother Jones articles or writing shit headlines like “BRUTAL: HRC KO’S TRUMP LOL”, he’s writing jejune shit like this:

        not simply because Donald Trump is a dangerous, authoritarian, know-nothing who appeals to racists and has toyed with the idea of ordering the military to commit war crimes

        no one cares about your so-last-year opinion on Trump, Suderman. all that boring junk has been written before. bring something new to the table or GTFO

        1. Oooooh. Did you do the triple snap and the head bob after you clicked Submit?

        2. Boy, Trump supporters sure do have short fuses. Call Suderman a ‘beta cuck.’ I’m sure it’ll be super original in a way Suderman’s article wasn’t.

          1. I’m mildly in favor of Trump over Hillary, but that’s about it. I’d make this same point if Suderman kept ripping Sanders or whoever in this sane unprofessional, teenage girlish manner. There’s plenty to criticize Trump over without writing “UR RACIST AND FASCIST” over and over again.

            1. Hillary is pure fucking evil. I hope that cunt has a massive crippling stroke while the FBI carts her fat ass off to a Supermax facility for the rest of her life.

          2. Yesterday I posted on Trumpbart that “the party” was more than the politicians and the voters but was the functionaries. The ones that go to all the meetings, form the committees, collect the signatures, go to the conventions, put on the luncheons, raise money, etc. at the local level.
            They are the heart of “the party” and that Johnny-come-lately Trump and his supporters don’t get to dictate what they do, through things like stupid petitions to remove Paul Ryan as Convention Chair.
            Whoa! The vitriol aimed in my direction was fierce and was absolutely convinced that it was “the people”, “the voters’, “the mob” that made decisions and that “the party” needed to get out of the way.
            Paul Ryan should begin his meeting with Mr. Trumpery with: “OK, asshole, you’ve had your little populist run but there is something way bigger than you and your mindless sycophants going on here. If you want, even a chance of winning, you need to pay your respects to the people, who even though they may not have voted for you, got you here with hard day-to-day work for ‘the party’!”

            1. So, you’re unaware that it’s the local party functionaries who are setting uo the carpools that head out to Trump rallies?

              That it’s local party functionaries along with grassroots level supporters that vastly outnumber the upper echelons of the GOP?

              That it’s those people, when motivated enough, that actually decide the path the party takes?

              That, after two disastrous candidates in a row that the party itself sabotaged, they’re motivated?

      3. I don’t think Megan McAdoodle is quite thick enough for John’s tastes.

    2. This post says nothing at all about the effect Ryan’s support or lack thereof will Have on Trump’s campaign.

      1. If it is not important, why write about it? Isn’t the assumption behind any article that the subject is worth considering and of some importance? Is there a rhetorical technique that involves writing about subjects the author considers unimportant?

        1. No matter what anyone says, you’ll always be a hero in your own mind.

          1. What did I say that you think is wrong? Since you consider yourself so much smarter than I am, why don’t you share some of your wisdom and enlighten me.

            1. No, we both know that would be a pointless endeavor. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

              1. So we can just take your word for it. You know it is wrong but just can’t lower yourself to explain why.

                But I am the one who always thinks I am a hero. Whatever you tell yourself Sparky.

                Seriously, if you disagree with what I say, explain why. If you have a good point, I will grant it to you. If you can’t do that or are just butt hurt because of it, just don’t respond. Its not hard.

                1. I don’t give the slightest fuck about the article or your take on it. I was just really curious about the rage boner.

                  1. If you don’t care, then stop commenting on it. You clearly do care and don’t like what I have to say or you wouldn’t be bitching. You are just mad because you are not sharp enough to explain why I am wrong. Sorry.

                    1. What was my initial question to you? Why would you think that question has anything to do with the article? The fact that you keep flopping that rage boner around seems to indicate that you’re pretty damn proud of it.

                    2. Suderman has written seven crappy Trump articles in eight days. he’s the one with the obsession. I’m just sick of hearing his awful, low-rent rants that are neither new, fresh, informative, or entertaining. They’re just the same whining over and over again.

                      we get it, Suderman: you don’t like Trump. no one gives a shit anymore.

                    3. You really ought to complain to the guy who’s holding the gun to your head. Unless he kidnapped your family.

                    4. You asked what the problem was, and I told you. Don’t ask the question if you don’t want the answer.

              2. Is that a moment of self realization for you?

        2. What the fuck are you talking about John.

          1. Its not hard Hugh. I say who cares. Your response is “the article didn’t say anything about the effect this will have on Trump”. And my response to that is, then why write about the issue?

            Isn’t the assumption behind any article about whether Paul Ryan should endorse Donald Trump that his decision matters to anyone beyond Paul Ryan? If Suderman doesn’t think this will have some affect positive or negative on the election, why is he writing about it?

            Why do you find that hard to understand? I am not trying to be snide. I don’t know how to make my point any more clear. Yet, you seem to not understand it.

            1. This article is about what effect Ryan’s endorsement of Trump will have on Ryan’s long-term agenda and party unity. Your response was “Does Suderman really think Trump is going to win or lose based on whether Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney support him?” You’re criticizing Peter about a point he didn’t make in an article he didn’t write. I’m not the one with reading comprehension issues.

              1. Try reading the rest of my post instead of just the last sentence. I also say

                Congress is loathed by the entire country. Paul Ryan is so unpopular in his own party right now he is facing a primary challenge that he might not win.

                Few outside the beltway journolist bubble gives a shit who Paul Ryan supports. And most of the few who do, would view his support as a negative for Trump.

                Those points all go directly to Suderman’s overall point that who Ryan endorses will affect party unity. No, it won’t because no one outside Washington can stand Ryan or cares who he endorses.

                Context Hugh. Context. I will give you credit though. You at least read and understood one sentence of my post and part of my point. That is better than usual. Maybe progress is possible.

                1. Right but your post includes the sentence “Does Suderman really think Trump is going to win or lose based on whether Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney support him?”. How do the previous sentences make that line not about something completely tangential to the article Suderman actually wrote?

                  1. That follows from the points above. My argument was in three parts.

                    1. No one cares what Ryan thinks
                    2. Therefore his endorsement or lack thereof has no affect on party unity.
                    3. Therefore will have no effect on the election.

                    And point three also goes back to support point two. Lastly, the only reason why you would think Ryan’s endorsement will affect unity is because you think it would have an affect on the election. If you didn’t, why would you think it had any effect on unity?

            2. I agree. Exactly whose mind will Ryan’s endorsement, or the lack thereof, change? No one gives a shit what he thinks. He’s half a faggot cookie anyway. With his amnesty, and his $4 billion budgets. Just Boner without the fake tan and the drunken stupor.

              1. ‘$4 trillion budget’…..fucking autocorrect.

  2. Ryan has the midterms to think about. If congressional Republicans get saddled with the economic bullshit coming out of a Trump White House, the Democrats could be handed one or both of the chambers of Congress in that and/or subsequent national elections.

    1. Paul Ryan has a primary to worry about. There is a decent chance he will be just another has been on K Street this time next year.

      1. “Paul Ryan has a primary to worry about. There is a decent chance he will be just another has been on K Street this time next year.”

        John, have you ever been to the First District in Wisconsin? Paul Ryan is extremely popular. It is Ryan country and his district went for Cruz.

        Paul Ryan has a 76 percent approval rating among Republicans in Wisconsin and his approval ratings are even higher in the Milwaukee media market, which includes his district.

        What possible reason do you have for thinking he will lose this primary challenge?

        1. tl;dr – Incumbents with 80% approval ratings in their districts don’t often lose primaries

        2. But, but, SARAH FUCKING PALIN! Booyah!

        3. Even NPR says that Ryan “probably won’t lose”.

          http://www.npr.org/2016/05/10/…..obably-not

          The fact that NPR is even admitting that it is possible says that there is significant chance it will happen. I am not saying likely but not unreasonable.

          And all of the things you are saying about Ryan’s district you could have said about Cantor’s district in 2014. How did that work out?

          If you think he is certain to win, you are fooling yourself.

          1. “Even NPR says that Ryan “probably won’t lose”.”

            They say ‘probably won’t lose’ because there is a very small, outside possibility. There always is. Who knows what could happen?

            The fact that he theoretically could lose doesn’t change the fact that there’s a 90%+ chance that he won’t just win, he’ll crush his challenger. I’m willing to bet he wins 65-35 or somewhere in that neighborhood.

            1. RTFA. It is one giant exercise in soft peddling. NPR doesn’t want to admit there is even a chance he could lose. Remember, that article is in response to Sarah Palin saying he was going to lose. Why do you think NPR ran the article if not to soft peddle the possibility? That is my point.

              I am not saying he will lose. I am saying it is not a sure thing. It is probably better than even but not 90%. Why do you find that so hard to stomach? Have you seen Congress approval ratings lately? And a lot of Republicans are angry as hell over Ryan rolling over on the budget.

              Given all of that, I can’t fathom why you think my saying Paul Ryan might lose his primary is some kind of crazy statement.

              1. ” NPR doesn’t want to admit there is even a chance he could lose”

                If NPR didn’t want to admit there is a chance he could lose, they wouldn’t have used the word ‘probably’ – they would have said he definitely won’t lose. Your last two posts directly contradict each other. Also, I wasn’t aware NPR’s opinion on a subject has more impact than the actual opinions of voters.

        4. I grew up in Wisconsin’s 1st. He is well liked, but immediately upon becoming speaker, there were some complaining he sold out the Republicans and became a middle of the road guy just like Boehner. They immediately started calling for a primary against him. It was very bizarre.

          1. Don’t confuse Irish with facts that don’t fit the narrative.

            1. Nothing he said contradicts what I said. It can simultaneously be true that Ryan has an 80% approval rating among his constituents but ‘some’ of them want him primaried. If 10% of his constituents want him primaried, Ryan is still capable of winning this election in a laugher.

              I know you’re desperate to destroy all Enemies of Trump, but you should provide some actual evidence for why you think Ryan will lose this primary.

              1. I am not desperate to do anything. I am just stating a fact that Ryan might lose. If anyone it is desperate here, it is you. And I don’t understand why. No one thinks you support Trump or would ever dream that you would be associated with the low class scum who do. You don’t need to affirm that every single day.

                1. John, I’m willing to make you a bet. Ryan’s percentage against any GOP primary challenger will be more than 15 points greater than Trump’s portion of the presidential primary vote.

                  1. Good for you Bill. What do you want a cookie? I wouldn’t be shocked either way.

                    1. Just avoid the faggot cookies.

    2. If Republicans retain control of Congress, they control what tax and budget bills make to President Trump’s desk. Pretty unlikely Trump would veto meaningful reform – so why do they even care?

      The real problem is that they have controlled Congress for years had have not put any kind of tax or spending reform on Obama’s desk for even a symbolic veto.

      1. Drake,
        The House of Representatives has passed hundreds of bills that would do as you suggest, ever since the Republican takeover in 2011.
        They have all died in the Senate, where Harry Reid wouldn’t even bring them to the floor or, once he was no longer “leader”, had his caucus threaten a filibuster, which only requires 40% of the votes, to stop them, before they get to 0blama’s desk.
        The type of control the Republicans would need has never been there to get anything to the president’s desk.
        The abject fear of the “shutdown” is what has gripped the GOP since it was last tried. You can blame the media for the spin that it is the fault of the Republicans that 0blama and Reid were the ones to order it.
        Not too many politicians have the intestinal fortitude to stand up for their principles in the face of that. One who did, was forced to suspend his campaign because of extensive lies and insults, stretching to his wife and father and has left us with the tangerine-tinted trash fire.

        1. And lack of votes. Don’t forget that Ted suspended his campaign because he got pushed out of the way.

          The GOP screwed up. They shit on every candidate except Jeb until it became obvious that Jeb was going nowhere–and Trump started gaining traction.

          Then they shit on the only other candidate that had gotten any real delegates in favor of people they saw as more moderate until it was too late.

          The GOP establishment saw Cruz as a booby prize. And everyone else, except for Jeb, as totally unacceptable.

          And so, we have Trump–who is on top of the nomination despite massive GOP establishment hate, and endless volleys from nearly all the media.

          Thanks.

  3. But I’m no longer quite as certain that Ryan will end up supporting Trump.

    I’ll give you 50 to 1 odds that he will.

    1. That’s generous. Of course he will. It’s all about Team, principles are just inconvenient little things.

    2. Yep – this is pro-wrestling level acting. Trump turns nice to the GOP, they reconcile and team up to take on the Wild Samoans for the title.

    3. Probably. Trump will tell him whatever he wants to hear in their meeting tomorrow, and afterwards Ryan will kiss the ring and get in line. Probably…

  4. This is wishful thinking, I believe, and is based on the argument that Ryan really has strong principles or should have.

    With people like the Bushes and Romney being so anti-Trump when they had so little principles other than war in the middle east. I find their opposition to Trump laughable.

    If I really believed these R’s had principles they were willing to stand up for, I would have a different opinion.

    1. Exactly that. Paul Ryan can only support a “small government conservative candidate”. I can barely type it without laughing.

      1. What about all those tax-cuts, tax-reform, spending cuts, Obamacare defunding, agency elimination bills that Ryan rammed through the House?

        It is funny to hear this douche whine.

      2. I don’t love Paul Ryan, but I also don’t get all this vitriol. He has one primary aim- he has stated it before and he continues to state it- Entitlement Reform. He knows it is the biggest threat to this nation’s solvency. Even as a freshman in congress, he his own time hosting lectures for every new staffer to all members of congress (GOP or Dem) on a weekly basis, where he pointed out the problems of entitlement spending in this country.

        If Ryan has a major fault, it is that he ignores most other issues to a fault. He sees Entitlements as the moral imperative that slavery was in the 1800’s. Just as the Civil War saw the US tolerate or adopt many bad things in order to defeat slavery, he is willing to sell out pretty much anything to ensure that he has the pieces in place to push through a meaningful reform. He knows that it will happen ONCE. Like Obamacare, he knows that he will have to use the results of a momentum election and spend all his political capital- likely even losing a branch or two of government to get the reforms through.

        I don’t know that I agree with his methods, but I certainly don’t hate the guy for his obsession. Entitlement spending IS the biggest threat to this country- not ISIS, Russia, Mexicans or Pot Smoking LGBTs, because those things are manageable if you have a solvent government. Would I sell out so much to address it? Probably not. But I understand why he does it.

        1. Ryan lost me when he did nothing as speaker except pass a budget that gave the Democrats every single thing they wanted.

          1. As I said, he ignores everything else to a fault. That includes slow playing the pot until he has an executive and the legislative branch before he pounces. That means I don’t particularly like him. I also think he is doomed since the election is turning out not to give him an executive who will take on entitlements- regardless of who wins.

            But again, the vitriol does not make sense to me.

            1. I see no reason to give him the benefit of the doubt. I stopped believing the “if the Republicans only had more power” excuse a long time ago.

            2. You think if Trump wins, he’ll veto entitlement reform? Or just that he won’t bargain hard to make Congress send it to him to get him to sign other stuff?

        2. Trump-tards will never admit that somebody might have an actual ideological, principled policy stance that they are willing to see to the bitter end.

          1. There are lots of people who have principled objections to Trump. Bernie Sanders for example. Gary Johnson is another example. But don’t tell me Republican Congress creatures have principled objections to anything.

            The problem is dip shits like you are so desperate to social signal that you are not one of the “Trump tards” as you so eloquently and eruditely refer to them that you will believe anything no matter how stupid or contrary to reality, as long as it supports the all important narrative.

            1. What principled objection does Sanders have with Trump I wonder? Certainly they agree on at least a few issues such as high tariffs on import goods. Trump is even signaling he might come around to the 15$ minimum wage.

              Do you differentiate between Trumps opinion now and Trumps opinion tomorrow, or are you just reading his mind from your chair?

  5. This would be a good step?and not simply because Donald Trump is a dangerous, authoritarian, know-nothing who appeals to racists and has toyed with the idea of ordering the military to commit war crimes (although that, of course, should be enough).

    Spoken like a true leftist that prefers name calling over facts.

    1. He objectively appeals to racist and has toyed with the idea of ordering the military to commit war crimes, so I think you’re the one name calling instead of dealing with facts.

      1. a lot of things “appeal to racists”. fucking Coke “appeals to racists”, so don’t use weasel-words and garbage argumentation when you know exactly what “WhatAboutBob” was saying and what Suderman was trying to do.

        1. Is Coke promising to protect people from the unwashed hordes of Mexican rapists and kick all the Muslims out? No? Then what does that non-sequitur have to do with anything?

        2. “a lot of things “appeal to racists”. fucking Coke “appeals to racists”, so don’t use weasel-words and garbage argumentation when you know exactly what “WhatAboutBob” was saying and what Suderman was trying to do.”

          Shut the fuck up, whiner. Coke does not appeal to racists based on any actual racist aspects of coke. Racists are drawn to Trump because his political ideals align with their own white nationalist political ideals. Don’t fuck up the thread being such a dipshit when the analogy between racists liking coke and racists liking Trump is as blatantly retarded as it is.

          1. You do realize that the libertarian position on freedom of association appeals to racists and homophobes, right? It’s still a shitty argument to make. You’re just trying to smear by association.

            1. Irish isn’t trying to smear by association. He is trying to lift himself up by non association. It is a subtle difference but a significant one.

          2. Yes Irish. You are not a racist. We all know that. You are also not white trash. You are smart, you are cool, you are educated. You are tolerant. You are just wonderful and superior morally and intellectually to vast disgusting swath that is the American public.

            There, are you happy now? We get the message loud and clear.

          3. White supremacists were drawn to Ron Paul too, but that doesn’t make him guilty of white supremacy by association.

  6. Maybe Megan just isn’t worth it, dude.

    1. ha ha. this has to be it. either she’s been told to pipe down with the Trump hate on her website and she’s making her lackey do it, or this is all there is to talk about in a boring ass white people Washington household.

      1. Doubt she has anything personal against Trump. She’s a professional journalist, and both of them know that the bickering between increased her ratings.

  7. Ryan will back Trump – he knows the party is beyond hope and cannot be salvaged. And Trump will say a few things about debt and entitlement that sound good to Ryan and bing bang boop he’s lined up behind him. If Christie’s wife can do it then anyone can.

  8. don’t make me laugh Paul Ryan clearly has no intent to change the fiscal structure unless you mean he wants to change it only enough to maintain control while looking like he did something to reduce it. past experience does not show anything otherwise.

    1. As I said above, if there is one thing you can trust about Ryan, it is that he wants to Fix entitlements for good. He is willing to buy into wars, and sell out on any other myriad shit sandwiches to get it. He recognizes that he can’t do that without playing a looooong game. I think he hoped that they would have a great contender in this election, but those dreams are dead.

  9. I’ve never seen a major party so eager to torpedo their own nominee before. It’s almost as if they prefer Clinton to Trump….

    1. I’ve never seen a major party so eager to torpedo their own nominee before. It’s almost as if they prefer Clinton to Trump….

      You dumb, inbred shitheads. VOTE THE WAY WE TOLD YOU WE GAVE YOU JEB GODDAMN BUSH WHAT MORE YOU WANT?

    2. They do…because a bunch of them think that they’re going to be able to win against Hillary in 2020 with their own presidential campaigns.

      The establishment would *much* rather have Clinton in office than Trump…because they think she’ll play ball with them and help their own careers. That kind of cynicism is why primary voters rejected establishment candidates very early on. The last two viable candidates in the race (Trump and Cruz) were both hated by establishment types…and that turned all of the old guard against their nominee, because they think the gravy train might be coming to the end.

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  11. Impugning GOP candidates as racist has been a tradition of American politics for decades. Ben Carson could be the nominee and these people would be decrying him as a self-loathing vessel for white supremacy.

    1. Mr. Trumpery – look up that word – by focusing on “Mexicans” in his opening screed about immigration, opened the door, wide, for the accusation of being racist and xenophobic.
      You can decry illegal immigration by making it universal as to ethnic and cultural background – as a function of the rule of law – and avoid that, but he didn’t.
      Do we want “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” as our next chief executive?
      He doesn’t have the equivalent of daddy’s inheritance to get his presidency on the same track of success as he had in the NY real estate market.

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  13. Ryan may lose in the primary. No one cares what he thinks.

  14. This article is consistent with the view that Ryan leads the Republican party. Trump leads a movement that hijacked the party. Let’s see what happens.

    1. I’ll disagree in that what Mr. Trumpery has hijacked is not the party but the brand.
      The party will continue to be the real grass-roots functionaries that toil day, after day, on the mundane issues that make the party run. Why does anyone think Ted Cruz was so easily able to get delegates – usually party apparatchiks – to promise to vote for him when “unbound”?
      Politicians, like Cruz and Ryan, have ties to that party. Trump doesn’t.
      If Trump doesn’t pay some kind of homage to that party, he may very well not get “party” members to give him their support, and that might include Paul Ryan.

  15. But Ryan is also an institutionalist who cares deeply about the strength and cohesion of the Republican party.

    Are you fucking high, Suderman? What in Paul Ryan’s legislative history gives any indication, at all that he cares about anything more than his own political career?

    He’s opposing Trump because he’s already alienating Republicans as Speaker and he wants to have a shot at running against Clinton in 2020 (when he thinks she’ll be toxic and he’ll still be viable in a primary). He’s a hack looking out for his career…nothing more.

    There used to be a time when Reason assumed that politicians were probably lying when they did crap like this. What happened to *that* Reason Magazine?

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  18. When I first saw that headline, my first hunch to the premise being presented was:

    “Because he’s a republican shill and is good at taking his marching orders?”

  19. wow, wtf reason? Don’t you moderate the comments or check your users for spammers? wth!

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  21. Ryan says he’s a republican but votes like a socialist

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  24. There really is no upside for Ryan to endorse Trump. Of the four scenarios:

    Ryan endorses, Trump wins. Does Ryan think President Trump will go along with Ryan’s agenda? Fat chance.

    Ryan doesn’t endorse, Trump wins. President Trump doesn’t care about Speaker Ryan anyway. Ryan looks principled and can run for the nomination against Trump in 2020.

    Ryan endorses, Trump loses. Ryan looks like a chump selling out his principles for a loser. No chance in 2020.

    Ryan doesn’t endorse, Trump loses. Ryan looks principled and is in a good position to be the leader of the GOP in 2020.

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