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Paul Ryan, So Handsome, So Sad
Paul Ryan, So Handsome, So Sad
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The energy that Donald Trump offered tonight is why the enthusiasm is on our side, Ryan offered in a statement that went out shortly before midnight. The American people are ready for solutions, and Donald Trump offers a chance to move in a new direction.
This is Paul Ryans life now. This is who he is.
In the four months since he formally endorsed his partys nominee for president, Ryan the esteemed speaker of the House, the sterling guardian of conservatism, the intellectual leader of the Republican Party has been reduced to a miserable Trump flunky sheepishly counting down the hours until the election is over. Each day he spends tethered to the Donald seems to bring some fresh humiliation; each role he inhabits in the entourage proves more undignified than the last. Adviser, apologist, hype man, scold none brings redemption, or even reprieve. And so he trudges on toward November, a stench of sadness clinging to him as he goes.
Friends and allies, disappointed though many of them are, have tried to show Ryan support in this difficult time. They labor to give him the benefit of the doubt, to rationalize his endorsement and when theyre defending his honor on the record, they might even find themselves slipping into messianic metaphors.
I feel so sorry for Paul, said Bob Woodson, the veteran civil rights activist who mentors Ryan on issues of poverty and race. He wishes someone else could take the cup from him. Id say weary martyr is a good way to describe him.
I think he endorsed Trump because he tries to see the best in people, and he hoped that his endorsement would be a down payment on a new and improved Trump, said Katie Packer, a friend of Ryans who served as Mitt Romneys deputy campaign manager in 2012.
Unfortunately, she added, Ryans policy agenda has been hijacked by Donald Trump, and I think there will be some who find it hard to forgive his support of the nominee.
Sources close to Ryan said he endorsed Trump in June in hopes of gaining access to the candidates inner-circle and steering him away from his more destructive behavior. Ryan also believed he could convince Trump to infuse his platform with more orthodox conservative policy.
Of course, neither initiative has been particularly successful and along the way, Ryan has put himself in the deeply degrading position of having to respond to every outrage Trump committed on the campaign trail.
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