Posted June 6, 2016on:
Good morning and welcome to what promises to be a most glorious week. It will be the week for which we have waited eight years. This will be the week where a woman will capture the nomination for President of the United States. Not just any woman — Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former old boys’ club of Presidents is about to get a much-needed infusion of I.Q., emotional intelligence, backbone, resilience, and good common sense. Folks, this is really happening.
MB is inundated in an avalanche of work and family business. She will be around this week to celebrate with us and will return next week.
Let’s say you have a choice. The choice – being the brunt of Donald Trump’s unyielding insults; or demonstrating, for the entire world to see, a complete and utter lack of personal integrity. Which would you choose? This is the Faustian choice that faced Paul Ryan after his sanctimonious proclamation he “wasn’t yet ready to endorse” L’Orange Cantaloupe.
Given the self-dealing graft, adultery hypocrisy, and pedophilia of recent Republican Speakers, Ryan had few guideposts. Given the recent role models, a continuation of non-existent integrity seasoned with a heaping helping of bankrupt morality seemed to be the special of the day.
Since Ryan wasn’t yet ready to endorse thirty days ago, we can only surmise Trump did something during the last thirty days that caused Ryan to take the plunge. Was it Trump’s plan of making Kim Jong Un a BFF? Or was it Trump’s commitment to education exemplified by Trump University? Or was it Trump’s demeaning a federal judge of Latin descent? Could it be insulting the only female Latina governor or his personal excitement over the 2008 housing crash or the way he called a female Senator Pocahontas? All within the last thirty days.
And Ryan wasn’t flying blind. There were other signs along the way:
Marco Rubio called him a “con man.” Mitt Romney called him “a phony, a fraud.” Cruz called him an “amoral pathological liar” and said if he is elected “this country could well plunge into the abyss.” Lindsey Graham said Trump would lead to “another 9/11.”David Brooks called him “epically unprepared to be president.” George Will said that “his running mate will be unqualified for high office because he or she will think Trump is qualified.” The house organ of conservatism, National Review, condemned him in florid terms. A Super PAC was created just to stop him.
Whatever it was, Paul Ryan, unassailable budget quack and proclaimed intellectual savior of the Republican Party opted to forego the Trumpian insults for door number two. Door number two hiding an undeniable demonstration of Ryan’s utter lack of personal integrity.
What is fascinating is that Ryan wasn’t alone on this journey of self-discovery. He isn’t even unique. He is the prototypical Republican. Trump is fast becoming the huckleberry of Republicans or at least 70% of them.
Perhaps it wasn’t any particular position of Trump because no one is quite sure what position the mango-haired, barely house-trained human meerkat will take:
[W]hat you see may not be what you get.
This applies as well to Trump, about whose policies we still know next to nothing. What we do know is that Trump is a chameleon who changes his positions with the same conviction he takes to the wedding chapel. More hummingbird than flip-flopper, he flits from one position to another, rarely alighting anywhere for long. Oh, yes, I like this one! No, that one.
Is Trump’s flexibility owing to a low threshold for boredom? Or does he perhaps suffer severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder? Suffice it to say, if he were a Democrat, Republicans would be blitzing the airwaves with cartoonish ads featuring Trump’s head on a hummingbird, his nectar-straw Pinocchio-esque.
But Trump isn’t a Democrat. He’s now the leader of the Republican Party and as such, he should be setting an agenda beyond Twitter insults.
As researchers at the financial firm Nomura pointed out in a note to investors last week, the “issues” section of Trump’s website lists only seven topics, and his plans total just 9,000 words. “In contrast,” the researchers wrote, “at roughly this point during the campaign in 2000, Governor George W. Bush published a 450-page book of speeches offering detailed policy proposals on everything from education to tax reform to the environment to trade and Social Security.”
Think about that for a moment: The Republican Party has nominated someone who is intellectually inferior to Dubya — a President whose decision-making would have been enhanced by a Ouija board, a Magic 8 Ball, and malpractice by Cheney’s cardiologist.
In a policy dance of the seven veils, Ryan has insisted he will lay out a Republican Agenda this month. And just like a June bride, he is blushing and bashful about the content. Let me help by being the first to review the inevitable Ryan Agenda: The tax cuts are bogus, regulatory overhaul will leave the “at risk” more vulnerable, repeal of Obamacare will increase the uninsured, and robbing women of the right to make their own health care decisions is a fever dream of old, crusty white guys.
It’s against this anorexic agenda that the press will have to gin up a race. Our two-party system isn’t built to function around a one-sided race. Coke has to have Pepsi and vice versa in order to compete and compare. Coke versus sewer water isn’t the stuff of great marketing campaigns.
Journalists undoubtedly will be driven to the altar of false equivalency – the craven idol of journalistic laziness. Through their equivalency contortions they will undoubtedly bolster Trump while tearing Hillary down. They must maintain parity for their ratings and preemptively forestall any possible criticism since “working the ref” is always the last refuge of the team that sucks.
We have already seen this theory at work. How many times have you seen Hillary questioned about “honesty” or “trustworthiness”? Ever wonder why? Pretty simple. Women candidates always have a demonstrable advantage on honesty. Reporters attack Hillary on honesty to bring parity to the race since there’s no question who is the most qualified. Where has the “vast right wing conspiracy focused their thirty-year assault on Hillary? Where is Trump focusing his “crooked” attacks? It is all an attempt to refocus attention away from the fact Hillary has been investigated more than Lucy, the Ethiopian skeletal relic, and repeatedly has been pronounced: Squeaky clean.
So Ryan shouldn’t be sad. He’s not alone. He can’t be what he’s not. As his spiritual guide Ayn Rand said, “There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.
With Ryan’s tepid, but servile and unctuous endorsement of Trump, he proved he was playing the fashionable non-conformist by holding out for thirty days before doing what we all knew he was going to do from the start. There is no better way to leave your mark on the Republican Party than by surpassing a grifter, a hypocrite, and a pedophile in setting a new low for integrity-free cowardice as Speaker of the House. Congratulations on your choice Mr. Ryan.
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