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A Few of My Visits with the Four Morons

For those new to my work, I here do refer to Reid, McConnell, Pelosi and Ryan (formerly Boehner). The list is not exhaustive. But you can make a game of finding the rest of the references.

Well, Thank You, Mister Speaker!

The Emperor Has No Vocabulary!

Do You Remember NOW?

Is Woodward Really Such a Boy Scout?

The Entire Federal Government is a Sewer. I Blame You!

How Low Can We Go?

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Well, Thank You, Mister Speaker!

Who remembers how Paul Ryan (R-WI) coyly demurred when asked if he intended to be Speaker of the House upon Boehner’s departure? Nooooo. He said. He was happy with his committee chair and he had no further ambitions in the house. But as soon as Umpa Lumpa vacated, Ryan was not only ready to run, but had a prepared list of demands which, amazingly, included the unanimous support of the republican caucus and weekends off.

I can respect the free weekends.

He damn near got the unanimous acclaim. For the skeptical few who knew better, i.e. the people who recognized him as a clone of Umpa Lumpa, their refusal of support was quickly vindicated. In his first three acts as Speaker, Ryan gave Obama everything he wanted, getting nothing of value in return. On the budget and Obamacare, Ryan simply showed the Democrats his belly and urinated.

We can’t fight now, he explained, we need to hold our fire and fight the big battles next year. We can’t send Obama a bill he’ll just veto. We can’t use our constitutional power of the purse to affect outcomes.

Uh, Paul…Yes, you can. It is called doing your duty and representing the people who not only elected YOU, but put your caucus in the majority. Those same to whom you have pandered and promptly ignored in the last several congresses. YES, you can and should send bills to be vetoed. Let the Dems try to defend their position and then blast their argument! That’s the process outlined in the little constitution you cynically used as a prop in your 3/23 speech.

As for his primary assertion, next year never comes in terms of Republicans finally fighting for something.

Like Boehner, Reid, Pelosi and McConnell, Ryan believes that the legislative process works this way: One of the four morons or the president (in this case, the 5th moron) wants a bill passed. The five meet in the White House to “negotiate” until the Democrats get everything they want. In the case of Boehner’s last budget negotiations, the Dems took the entire $5 trillion show and gave Boehner a $250 million dollar cut to some low level program as a “compromise”. Then the shitty deal, now called a bill, is brought before congress. If there is any debate at all, it is simply 90 minutes of theater, and a vote is immediately held with Republican “leadership” pressuring their own caucus to vote for the shitty deal.

Clearly, Speaker Ryan has not read the little book he waves around at speeches. If he has, then he is a coward, corrupt, or Illiterate. Perhaps he is all three. (Nah, he can read.)

Over the past several months,Trump and his supporters have gotten a boatload of grief from this website. You can find two examples here and here.

But there is one thing that will have me standing shoulder to shoulder with the looniest of what I call the Trump cult.

Ryan Announces His Candidacy

In a nakedly choreographed maneuver, Paul Ryan just happened to have an interview on FOX on 22 March. He was asked questions that brilliantly “presaged” the speech he was to give from a committee room on 23 March. During that interview, asked if he would accept a convention site nomination in the event of a stalemate, Ryan smiled and shook his head, as if to say, “Silly Megyn.” He said that’s not going to happen. He told Kelly that the nominee should be someone running now. Sound familiar?

This was as slick a sidestep as anything a Clinton could devise. Ryan leaves the scantiest of wiggle room, so he can later say, “Well, I sure as heck didn’t expect this! But golly, if it means that much to you…”

He then made his speech, complete with four flags in the background, as if he was already the head of state (or in a campaign). He used phases like, “dare to inspire!” and “go bold.” He complained that when people “don’t trust politicians, they loose their trust in institutions.”

Wellllll! Good Morning, Mr. Speaker! Maybe you get it! But the apparent reason you were making the speech was to combat the tone and tenor of the ongoing campaign. That is to say you were speaking in opposition to Donald Trump.

Who doesn’t know that it is Ryan and the other morons that have caused the rise of Trump? People aren’t so much supporting Trump as venting their anger at you, Ryan! And now you want to be the answer to that anger? Well – thank you, no!

I have defended procedure, including rule 40b of the Rules of the Republican Party. If one candidate doesn’t have the full 1237 delegates, the process outlines very clearly that the selection will occur at the convention. That is what everyone signed up for. If they don’t understand that, they are too stupid to be president. BUT –  if the GOP decides to throw in a ringer, just to upset the apple cart, I will be among those yelling the loudest. Just as I would be if Trump didn’t have the requisite delegates but the party slid him the nomination by some kind of royal proclamation.

I’ve always tried to promote my work, including this site. But I never did anything outrageous. If the outcome of this primary process is manipulated by anyone other than the candidates, including efforts to thwart Trump; outrageous I will be. And I’ll have the credibility of being Trump’s meanest critique. And when I say candidates, I include all those who suspended their campaigns. They are still officially in it and in the event of a stalemate, they would not be interlopers to the process. But now, Ryan has announced his candidacy by denying it. He, sure as hell, better not be the SOB at the podium when the balloons and confetti start falling.

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How Everyone Can Ruin the GOP

There seems to be tremendous misunderstanding of rule 40b of THE RULES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY [1. AS ADOPTED BY THE
2012 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION TAMPA, FLORIDA AUGUST 27, 2012 **AMENDED BY THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON APRIL 12, 2013, JANUARY 24, 2014, MAY 9, 2014& AUGUST 8, 2014**] among even supposedly capable reporters and journalists/bloggers. This misunderstanding of the rules could very well serve to exacerbate the growing friction surrounding a possible open convention.

I will attempt to clarify the rule for anyone who might be interested in actually knowing the facts. I am of the mind that many see things in the rule that aren’t there to forward their own agenda or to elevate their candidate to an imaginary status. Others simply get it wrong.

In his 13 Dec article for Real Clear Politics, David Byler demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of 40b. And he is not alone.

Many people think if someone gets to the convention floor with a plurality of votes, and a majority of delegates in 8 states, then that candidate must be given the nomination or some kind of affront must have been committed. But Rule 40b, found in the first link above, states with crystal clarity that the eight state delegate majority only permits a candidate to enter his name for nomination at the convention. It means nothing in terms of that candidate actually being nominated.

The growing chorus among Trump supporters is that if they have the PLURALITY of delegates by July (leaving aside the existing byzantine rules governing each state’s processes) that Trump should be the nominee. Well, sorry to disappoint everyone, but at the moment, the rules in place at the time all candidates entered the race DO NOT say that.

To get the nomination before the convention a candidate must have garnered 1237 (a MAJORITY or more than 50%) of all delegates. If no one has achieved that, then the rules for nominating a candidate at the convention are in effect. This is not a plot to stop Trump. This is not the establishment attacking anyone. It is a simple case of following the rules. You know, rules; those things Democrats and College crybabies like to ignore.

At the moment, there is no ethical reason to suspend the rules in favor anyone. So, if we get to July and no one has the 1237 required for nomination, all three remaining candidates must demonstrate that they have carried the majority of delegates in 8 states in order to advance to the convention as a candidate. It is altogether possible that John Kasich will fall short of this mark (I can hear John now, whining to anyone who will listen, “But hey, I carried Ohio. I should be allowed to compete at the convention.” Sorry, dude.) That will likely leave Cruz and Trump.

Beyond 40b

Now, if no winner emerges from the first vote, the chairman will call for repeated votes between Cruz and Trump to see if anything shakes loose in either direction. After the first vote is taken, many delegates will not longer be bound to the candidate to which they were previously bound. There is the possibility that a new player or a previous candidate who had suspended their campaign could declare their candidacy. In such an event the rules committee could provide for that new candidate.

So far, there is nothing here that anyone can hypothetically cry about in advance of the convention. If any of these eventualities occur and an unreasonable or violent outburst result, the damage done to the party will be on the heads of those facilitating or committing unreasonable or violent acts, not the GOP.

If however, the rules of the convention, or qualifying for the convention, should suddenly be changed to the disadvantage of any candidate – OR – should the GOP blatantly take sides against any or all of the primary field and put forward a ringer to compete at the convention, then all damage to the party will be on the GOP itself.

The rules in place are perfectly reasonable. To quell the rising rancor in the GOP, the mature, ethical and responsible approach would be the following:

  1. GOP: Butt out. Enforce the rules and let the voters decide who  they want as a candidate.
  2. Candidates: quit crying about process and get back to the issues, primary among which is the economy and jobs. Leave process to the GOP (so long as the GOP respects point 1).
  3. Voters: Pay attention to what candidates are saying and make your decisions based on the quality of the argument. Don’t be conned by empty populism (Trump) or identity politics (Cruz). Make them work for your vote.

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