Just when you thought this election season could not get any more ridiculous or insulting to voters…
Several GOP establishment dandies have been urging support for an alternative to the current crop of candidates in recent days. Karl Rove argued over the weekend for a “fresh face” rather than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.
And it seems, according to Politico, that the Republican establishment has someone in mind.
On the eve of the Wisconsin primaries, top Republicans are becoming increasingly vocal about their long-held belief that Speaker Paul Ryan will wind up as the nominee, perhaps on the fourth ballot at a chaotic Cleveland convention. One of the nation’s best-wired Republicans, with an enviable prediction record for this cycle, sees a 60% chance of a convention deadlock, and a 90% chance that delegates turn to Ryan – ergo, a 54% chance that Ryan, who’ll start the third week of July as chairman of the Republican National Convention, will end it as the nominee. “He’s the most conservative, least establishment member of the establishment,” the Republican source said. “That’s what you need to be.”
Just like when he ran for Speaker of the House, Ryan is claiming he doesn’t want the job, but…
…Ryan, 46, a likable Midwesterner, could look too tempting to resist as Republicans finally focus on a beatable Hillary Clinton. He got rave reviews for a “State of American Politics” speech on March 23 (hashtag on his podium: “#ConfidentAmerica,” the title of his high-minded manifesto at the Library of Congress in December). In the “State of Politics” address, Ryan offered himself as the anti-Trump (without mentioning The Don): “Politics can be a battle of ideas, not insults.”
Apparently the Establishment is conveniently forgetting that Ryan was half of the Romney team that ran one of the worst campaign’s in history and was defeated by the weakest president in the modern times.