It is without question the Republican Party was deeply involved in both the creation and the fueling of the Tea Party movement. There is also a direct link between that angry and crazed element which the party used over the past years to undermine President Obama to what is now taking place as Donald Trump works to gain the presidential nomination. That is why the words from Democratic Senator Reid struck such a chord that resonates with folks from both sides of the political divide.
“It’s time for Republicans to stop the Frankenstein they created.”
But how will that be achieved? And who can slay the party’s Frankenstein?
On Super Tuesday a small group sat around our home watching the returns, and listening to the various candidates give their speeches to the nation. Between bites of a late dinner I pointed to the television screen and loudly said to those assembled “Trump just threatened Ryan!”
In what was just another Trump-style low moment in this campaign the GOP front runner took off after Speaker Paul Ryan.
Paul Ryan, I don’t know him well, but I’m sure I’m going to get along great with him. And if I don’t, he’s going to have to pay a big price.
Making such a statement about a leader in Trump’s party, the house speaker, and the third in line to the presidency was simply stunning to witness. For Trump to make the remark in the same tone that someone else might read off their list of things to accomplish on a Saturday afternoon before it gets dark outside was almost chilling to hear.
I said months ago no one could envy Ryan when he took over the job as speaker. Given all the hell that John Boehner endured from the malcontents in the GOP caucus Ryan almost had to be pitied for the role that he was to undertake. I have often mentioned and chastised the shouters, spitters, and haters that have emerged so stridently within the GOP since the Tea Party types have gained power. The most nasty of those are the same ones who Ryan now has to fight back against as Trump builds his political momentum.
While we can lay the reasons for the Tea Party’s strength at the feet of the GOP we also need to hope the party can resolve the current crisis they face. After all, it is not only the GOP establishment who are deeply concerned about Trump’s rise, but also the rest of us who care about our country. The world is also watching and have voiced their dismay.
Martin Wolf writing in the Financial Times of London summed up the mood of a good share of Europe’s business and economic movers and shakers by stating it would be a “global disaster” if Trump made it to the White House.
I am confident that Ryan grasps the qualities that a president must have in order to sit and govern in the Oval Office. No one can seriously claim that Trump has the qualities we want as our leader. Therefore Ryan now needs to use the full power of his position to demonstrate his willingness to spend some political capital to make sure the nation does not potentially face harm from a Trump nomination.
When a presidential candidate takes a verbal blow at the speaker there must be a response that alerts the party and the nation as to who is in charge. There can be no laughing it off , or pretending it away. Ryan needs to step up and push back against Trump.
We can be partisans on a whole raft of issues but when it comes to stopping Donald Trump we all need to urge Ryan on and wish him success. The nation can not afford to lose this fight with Trump.