Don’t get me wrong.
I think Paul Ryan is a very smart man. With regard to budgets, he gots skills. He gots game.
But as far as being an actual Conservative, Paul Ryan leaves me quite tepid.
Poll: Nearly half of GOP voters disapprove of Ryan
by Harper Neidig
Only 40 percent of GOP voters are happy with Ryan’s stint as speaker so far, while 44 percent disapprove. Those numbers worsen among all voters, with just 30 percent approval and 48 percent disapproval.
Many establishment Republicans have looked to Ryan unify the party, and speculation has grown as to whether he would mount his own last-ditch candidacy to attempt to block presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
For those who are actually Conservative, with a capital “C,” this comes as little surprise. The GOP has a history of betrayal and backstabbing. But instead of words like “betrayal” and “backstabbing” and “treachery” and “duplicity” and “perfidy,” the GOP embraces words like “conciliatory” and “compromise” and “bi-partisanship.” I tend to think of the GOP as the graphic below illustrates.
There’s a reason for this.
Look, it’s no secret that I’m on the downslope of life. I’m one of those terrible Caucasoid males the Leftists warn Millennials about. But at my age I must admit that I have run out of patience. I would also submit that, after contributing over a MILLION DOLLARS in taxes (yes, I figured it out), I “get” to run out of patience. After all, I’ve paid for that potential privilege. My “patience reservoir” is right out.
In my 60s, imagine that.
Because, you see, I’ve absolutely NO say with what happens to my hard-earned cash. I have had an official job requiring a social security number (in addition to mowing lawns) since I was 14. I know this because Social Security sends me a summary statement periodically. Yes. All the way back to the 60s when I started throwing papers for both of my then-local newspapers — one at 4 AM, and the other at 3 PM. I worked not just because I wanted the money but also because it’s what you did back then. You worked. I had papers dumped at the end of my parents’ driveway in a bundle, and it was up to me to roll them, band them, stuff them into the packs on my bicycle and then ride / throw them onto the porch of each house. If I failed to hit the porch closest, my customers complained.
They complained if I was “late” and they complained if I threw too short and they had to walk a few feet more down their driveway. They complained if I was a few more feet away from their front door.
Back to Paul Ryan.
And with that, back to Donald John Trump because, after all, who is Left besides Hillary and Bernie?
This poll? It’s nothing more than a dipstick into the engine block of the GOP.