Courtesy of Commentary Magazine:
Sarah Palin’s attack on Paul Ryan yesterday because the House Speaker is not now supporting Donald Trump’s presidential bid confirms yet again that she is among the more witless people to have ever held public office.
There are several things worth noting in what she said. For one thing, the claim that Ryan’s career is “over but for a miracle” is wishful thinking on her part. Paul Ryan was a Republican long before Donald Trump decided he was – and he’ll be in office long after Trump has left the political stage. He’s popular in his district, and he’s not going to be defeated in a primary.
Beyond that, Palin has yet to offer an intelligent defense of Trump. When she has spoken out on his behalf, it is cringe-inducing.
But the most striking thing about Palin’s comments to CNN’s Jake Tapper is how embittered she is and how dyspeptic she has become, which may explain why she jettisoned her conservative principles (such as they were) to support Trump — the most liberal Republican running for president in Palin’s lifetime. Why would someone who portrayed herself for years as a Tea Party, limited government, “constitutional conservative” weigh in on behalf of Trump during the Republican primary, when every other candidate better represented the convictions she claimed?
Peter Wehner believes she is supporting Trump because she likes his personality. She probably does like the old bastard but I think she is more interested in the exposure she can get hanging off Trump’s coattails. Wehner suggests that those who care about her (???) should intervene to prevent Palin from further humiliating herself.
And then there is this from The Guardian:
House speaker Paul Ryan, who in that role is expected to serve as chairman of the Republican national convention in July, has told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he would bow out if Donald Trump so wishes.
Trump is to be formally nominated for president at the convention. Ryan last week said he was not ready to endorse the presumptive nominee. The two were scheduled to meet this coming Thursday in an attempt to sort out their differences, which some view as posing an existential threat to the Republican party.
It looks as if Ryan really, really wants to distance himself from Trump. What on earth will happen next? Trump is wreaking havoc with the GOP!