A decent man steps aside in the tradition of a citizen legislator
The Paul Nehlen wing of the Republican party should be happy. To this noisy group of never-satisfieds, Paul Ryan was the problem, not the answer. Their reward could very well be U.S. Rep. Randy “The Iron Stache” Bryce. Say hello to ObamaCare on steroids, make-work jobs, and More Free Stuff.
Paul Ryan: Not pure enough. Not sufficiently mean-spirited. Temporized on supporting the would-be strongman, Donald Trump. A constitutional check and balance. Except Donald Trump now realizes how important, and effective, is Paul Ryan.
To segue a bit: you may have noticed that China’s leader is lowering tariffs on American goods and promising to respect intellectual property. We’ll keep looking for mainstream media credit to Trump but have found none so far.
ISIS is near extinction. Trump is rattling Putin’s cage for the poison gas attack in Syria. All the Leftward news media can talk about is Mueller and the porn star.
Is Alan Dershowitz the last civil libertarian remaining on the Left? The federal government raids the office, home, and hotel of a private attorney. Here is Dershowitz at The Hill:
I believe we would have been hearing more from civil libertarians — the American Civil Liberties Union, attorney groups and privacy advocates — if the raid had been on Hillary Clinton’s lawyer. Many civil libertarians have remained silent about potential violations of President Trump’s rights because they strongly disapprove of him and his policies. That is a serious mistake, because these violations establish precedents that lie around like loaded guns capable of being aimed at other targets.
How much of Ryan’s announcement this morning, long rumored, is cold political calculation? Personally, it’s got to be a factor. Had election 2018 shaped up as a cake walk, we think he runs.
Given those headwinds, we do believe the over-riding factor was, as Ryan says, spending more time with his family. That is the kind of man he is. No, your Squire does not know him personally. But he is close to those who are close to the Speaker. The man is grounded.
Which makes the unhinged haters on both the Far Left and the Far Right the more to be pitied.
Has the pendulum swung?
It is supposed that state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos will try to fill Ryan’s void. But Republicans must play catch up. Rick Esenberg says, via Facebook:
… yet another data point that says Republicans should be very worried about the fall. My own sense is that the reason there is a blue wave is a reaction against the populist turn in the GOP. I don’t know that you can overcome that reaction by doubling down on it. Focus on the economy like a laser beam. Find issues that, unlike trade, don’t tear apart your base and roil the markets.
Legislation is a tough slog. At a minimum, a leader of the U.S. House of Representatives must corral at lest 218 poobahs into a common course of action. Each of them is independently elected and answerable to no one except their constituents in the next election. That is our system. It is designed to restrain runaway legislation, thank God.
Democrats are running on Trump/Walker hatred. That is what elected Rebecca Dallet to the state supreme court. A Democrat House will impeach Trump because that is the sum and substance of their programme.
The Senate, on the other hand, is shaping up as more Republican. The NY Times says Tammy Baldwin is the most endangered Democrat. (“Democrats need to win 28 seats to control the Senate. Republicans need only 9.”) Too many Democrats in Trump states must play defense. And Trump is more popular, not less popular, these days.
Tim McCumber notes: “In February, Paul Ryan will be in Janesville while Nancy Pelosi will still be in DC.”
That’s the problem with Republicans; we have very few lifers.