Paul Ryan’s Old Order Outrage

American Spectator:

Anew book by Politico’s Tim Alberta — American Carnage — depicts former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, now out of office, snarking as follows about President Trump. The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey wrote it this way:

[T]he former speaker could not stand the idea of another two years with the president and saw retirement as an “escape hatch,” in Alberta’s words.

“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan says. “Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”

Ryan depicts Trump as uneducated about the government.

“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” Ryan recalls. “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government. … I wanted to scold him all the time.”

Ryan says he sees the presidency getting worse, with Trump determined to govern and campaign on his terms, rejecting calls from other Republicans to moderate his message in 2020.

“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” Ryan says. “We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”

Ryan, once a rising conservative star, has become a class-A example of the Old Order — as I call it in my own book Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and the New American Populism vs. The Old OrderI defined the Old Order as

… a club of self-selected elitists who see themselves as intellectually and decidedly morally superior to their fellow Americans — particularly today Donald Trump and Trump-supporting Americans.

Amazingly enough, even The New York Times now gets this, with a front page, above-the-fold article by Peter Baker this past Sunday headlined:

Parties Face ‘Crackup’ as Outsiders Wield Social Media Against the Establishment.

In which the Times describes Ryan and his successor, Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as “the beleaguered defenders of the old order.” As, indeed, Ryan’s remarks to Alberta indicate exactly.

Take a look at those Ryan comments again. They are bristling with the trademark Old Order sense of intellectual and moral superiority. There is Ryan snarking that Trump “didn’t know anything about government. … I wanted to scold him all the time.” Ryan had to be there at the president’s side, you see, “to stop him from making bad decisions.” It never occurs that maybe, just maybe, it is Washington’s Old Order — in which he had now become a central player — that routinely made bad decisions. Which in turn is exactly why millions of Americans voted for Trump in the first place.

Noteworthy as well is Ryan’s lecturing thusly:

17 Comments on Paul Ryan’s Old Order Outrage

  1. lets all welcome ryan to swamp stomp.
    welcome ryan.
    keep coming back, it works if you work it.

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  2. May I offer a slight correction to your sentiment Tony R?

    Paul Ryan is a perfect example of why we need gallows.

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  3. PRESIDENT Trump has exposed so much in D.C. that there is never going back to the way they all were.

    We will never get fooled again!

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  4. So there was a recent Political event in Chicago, were apparently Paul Ryan was seen being …well.sort of loving with Rince Prebis?

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  5. Paul Ryan is the perfect example of the importance of the Second Amendment.

    At least he says what we suspected of him: he never REPRESENTED anyone; he considers himself a RULER.

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  6. Lectures on morality by this filthy scumbag are nauseating. There are few examples more clear than the treachery of this backstabbing puke.
    Even after being harassed off stage in his home district he demonstrates his lake of self awareness.

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  7. Important question: after Trump, who is next?

    The Uniparty remains but who is in line to succeed Trump? Pence is Uniparty. Congress is Uniparty.

    They are going to strike back against the “racists” who supported the New York Democrat backer who turned Republican President.

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