Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Speaker Paul Ryan and Presumptive Nominee Donald Trump


For John, BLUFA Trump Presidency will require some sorting out of relationships.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From The New Yorker and Mr Ryan Lizza we have:

THE PAUL RYAN DELUSION

The key points are here:
There are essentially two Republican parties right now: the Party of Donald J. Trump and the Party of House Speaker Paul Ryan—who has, nonetheless, endorsed Trump for President.  One of the ways in which members of the Ryan faction delude themselves is by believing that Ryan’s policies would dominate if Trump were President and Ryan remained Speaker of the House.
and here:
Ryan’s second assumption was that any new Republican President would respect a historical shift in the way that Republicans think about the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches.  From 1969, the start of the Nixon Presidency, to 1993, the end of the George H. W. Bush Administration, when Republicans controlled the Presidency and Democrats dominated the House, the G.O.P. believed in a powerful executive, a view that was revived when George W. Bush took office.  But in the Obama years, when Republicans’ base of power became more firmly rooted in Congress and, in their view, Barack Obama expanded the powers of the Presidency, Republicans became loud advocates of the primacy of the legislative branch.
The thing is, this is not an astounding insight, except to New Yorker readers.  Ms Peggy Noonan talked about this last week, which we blogged here.

Yes, the GOP is divided between the elite and the masses.  The elites are supported by the media and academics.  But, the masses have more voters than the elite.

And, it is unlikely the media and academics will let Mr Trump rule via his pen and his phone.

Regards  —  Cliff

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