Why? What difference does Paul-call-me-Mitch-McCONnell-Ryan make?
- Like he really is going to do something about cutting wasteful programs that redistribute wealth this time?
- Like he really will cap spending or actually make government live on a budget this time?
- Like he pressed for and whipped the votes for Full Repeal this time?
- Like he is working hard to Make Government Small Again or keeping government policy as the new secular-civil religion, forever?
Right. Here is the pathetically staged survey:
“Ryan is entitled to the rest of this Congress to vindicate his leadership in the eyes of his colleagues, and he is entitled now to demand their confidence as well as their votes if they decide to elevate him.”
But what I really like are the last two paragraphs:
“The issue of how much, and how long, to support a leader is a difficult one. I leave the last word to Winston Churchill, who wrote this about the days in May of 1940 when he was made prime minister:
‘The loyalties which centre upon number one are enormous. If he trips, he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes, they must be covered. If he sleeps, he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good, he must be pole-axed. But this last extreme process cannot be carried out every day, and certainly not in the days just after he has been chosen.'”
Now the question is: Is it time for the extreme process?
According to Jim Geraghty at National Review “the House keeps sending bills over to the Senate… Quite a few of those bills are minor.”
I keep going to back to Clarence Thomas at the American Enterprise Institute’s 2001 Francis Boyer Lecture, February 13, 2001, titled BE NOT AFRAID.
“Today, there is much talk about moderation. It reminds me of a former colleague at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who often joked that he was a “gun-toting moderate”—a curiously oxymoronic perspective. Just think of that, dying over half a loaf.”
Now my question is: Will Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, continue to drive Mitch McConnell’s, or whoever is pulling the strings, agenda just to die over half-a-loaf?