Unlike the majority of rock-ribbed conservatives out there, I’m not one who despises Paul Ryan. He’s not my favorite and he’s definitely part of the “Establishment” despite protestations and labeling from others who are conveniently within the Establishment, but I believe his heart is in the right place for the role he’s in. Then again, it could just be that he’s much better than John Boehner.
Regardless of how I feel about him, I think he’s likely being insincere when he says that he won’t be the ‘fresh face” that Karl Rove has called for in the GOP nomination process. The Establishment in its nebulous way is trying to have someone, anyone other than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz as the nominee. They will go after rule 40B from 2012 that excluded anyone from even being on the delegates’ ballot if they hadn’t won a majority of delegates in at least eight states. They have been and will continue to float names out there as possible alternatives, but I believe that Paul Ryan is already their guy.
Mitt Romney failed. His conspicuous attack session on Donald Trump was to gauge whether he would get supporters calling for him to run. They didn’t.
John Kasich failed. He was supposed to be the sane choice of the remaining three candidates. All he had to do was mount a respectable showing and win eight states, but that’s not going to happen. Now, all they have left is a rules change. It will happen the week before the convention, at which time the Establishment will try to insert Ryan into the conversation again.
I think it’s likely that he’s already been tapped for the job. I also think it’s likely he’s been told to quash all discussions about him being the nominee. By doing so, he is not a part of the conspiracy. He’s the reluctant warrior who fought to maintain the sanctity of the process but who had to step up when the process failed. It will be very much like the scene in Gladiator when Caesar Marcus Aurelius offers Maximus Decimus Meridius his throne when he dies.
Marcus: “Do you accept this great honor that I have offered you?”
Maximus: “With all my heart, no.”
Marcus: “Maximus, that is why it must be you.”
This is the year of the insurgents. It’s the year of the anti-Establishment wing of the Republican party. As much as I oppose a Donald Trump nomination, I equally oppose stealing it from him or Ted Cruz through manipulation against the voice of the people. Only Cruz and Trump have unified enough voters to back them en masse. They should not be robbed, why it’s so important for the party to unify behind Cruz.
For the sake of the party, Ryan may reluctantly have to forgo his own selfish motivations and accept the nomination. That’s the narrative they’ll want us to believe. If it happens, remember this post and know for certain that Ryan was the planned Establishment stooge all along.
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