Ryan’s Retreat and Nelson’s Challenge
Can You Believe?
Can you believe Trump interrupted a national security meeting on Syria to rant against the FBI and DOJ?
Can you believe Mitch McConnell still refuses to schedule a vote on the bipartisan bill to protect the Mueller investigation?
Can you believe Paul Ryan missed the opportunity in his retirement announcement to tell the truth – it’s impossible to be speaker with a president who has no core, no sense of history, and is erratic. Instead Ryan said he wanted to spend more time with his family. I don’t doubt that, but maybe if he HAD spent more time with his family he wouldn’t have passed a tax bill that gives 85% of the benefits to the top 1% of earners.
Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves
Hit of the Week: James Comey’s wily book rollout. Nothing guarantees sales like getting Trump to tweet against you.
Miss of the Week: Trump’s pardon of Scooter Libby, who outed a brave American spy and endangered her life. Even President Bush decided that commuting Libby’s sentence was enough.
Hot Race of the Week
My friend Senator Bill Nelson faces a tough challenger in Governor Rick Scott, who announced his candidacy this week. The choice couldn’t be clearer: One candidate does the right thing all the time; the other does the right thing only when the heat is on and the cameras are rolling. After years as an A+-rated NRA shill who made Florida the “Gunshine State,” Scott made nice with grieving Parkland families and signed some mild gun safety measures. He’s a skilled pol with deep personal pockets, and he will attract big money from conservative PACs that see a rare GOP pickup opportunity. PAC For A Change will be there for a great American hero, Bill Nelson.
Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement mirrored his Speakership: weak, self-righteous, and self-serving. A self-proclaimed policy wonk who championed balanced budgets, free trade, immigration reform, and privatization of Social Security and Medicare, Ryan failed to reach any of these goals. His only “success,” the disastrous GOP tax bill, will lead to trillion-dollar deficits by 2020. Global trade and domestic markets are in chaos as trade wars loom. Immigration reform is dead, while immigrants live in fear. And Democrats have fought to protect the social safety net. Of course, Ryan’s biggest failure is enabling Donald Trump to wreak havoc at home and abroad while the Speaker occasionally rolls his eyes or says “He could have done better.” Ryan himself could hardly have done worse.