ELDER PATRIOT – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has been working overtime to broker some common ground between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump in the hopes of beginning the unification process of his party. It is a distinctly political move and Trump has expressed his disdain for playing that game.
For the meeting to achieve any commonality the overly arrogant Ryan will be required to understand his place in the party’s hierarchy. Very simply, Trump is now in charge and if the Speaker has a problem with that then he can expect to be steamrolled by his new party leader. Trump has promised to run the government like a corporation and successful corporate leaders, while always willing to listen, manage by demanding allegiance to the leader’s dictates.
The imperious Ryan ran a series of commercials over the last month depicting him as a visionary as though he, and he alone, had been ordained from on high to govern this country. Sorry Paul but your approval rating has plummeted since you were elected as Speaker to where now only 8% view you as very favorable.
Ryan will enter next week’s meeting with Trump holding no high cards only the bluster that comes with his position as the representative of what remains of the neocon establishment. He has neither any moral imperative stemming from the support of the people nor any political strength from which to deal when he sits across the table from the man who has already amassed more votes than any other Republican candidate in history in this truncated primary cycle.
Ryan will exit the meeting with Trump either sufficiently chastened and willing to advance the Trump agenda or he will see his power and influence as speaker diminished.
Ryan’s challenger in the Republican primary in Wisconsin, Paul Nehlen, released this statement in response to the petulant Speaker’s unwillingness to support Trump:
“Paul Ryan’s elitism is showing. He’s apparently decided that the American electoral process of a representative republic isn’t good enough. His disdain and disrespect for the American electorate is breathtaking.
It doesn’t matter whether Speaker Ryan approves of candidate Trump or not. It doesn’t matter whether any congressional leader approves of him. It matters even less if RNC leadership approves of him—including Paul Ryan. The fact is, the American people have spoken in state after state after state. They’ve made their choice. It is petulant, arrogant, disrespectful—and in many senses dangerous—to our representative system of government to tell people across this nation who took the time to cast a vote, ‘Sorry, I’m not cool with your choice.’ It is for the people to decide who they want to lead, not for one man or a cabal of party elites.”
Paul Ryan is soon to learn about the disconnect between political leadership where compromise turns good ideas into costly boondoggles and business leadership where presidents answer to no one other than their customers, who in this case are the constituents who elected him.
Trump offered this olive branch to Ryan:
“I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda. Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that is about time for politicians to put them first!”
This is the best offer Ryan will get, represent and defend the American working men and women or suffer the consequences. Trump will make that clear when they meet.