There is no better show on TV. There is no more entertaining character on the Internet. The only problem is that he's running for president. But what if we make a deal?
What, pray tell, is House Speaker Paul Ryan thinking? He is working like a beaver to bail out Puerto Rico's banana republic fiscal situation and manipulating the bailout on behalf of a handful of corrupt, Romney-donor hedge funds.
The coalescence of the Republican leadership around Donald Trump may be happening slightly quicker than expected, but it was entirely predictable. Turns out that for many Republicans #NeverTrump actually meant, "on balance we would prefer somebody like Marco Rubio, but we will support pretty much anybody who is not a Clinton or an Obama."
Last Thursday morning, a huge crowd of reporters breathlessly covered presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan. But the real action took place the day before the meeting -- and the person who "caved" wasn't Ryan, but Trump.
Why are Republican leaders rallying behind a figure who they hate, a man who has been mocking and vilifying them all year? Because they, too, are utter opportunists. The stop-Trump movement failed. Trump has demonstrated appeal to constituencies who Republicans have long been trying to rally. He has been underrated ever since he declared for the presidency. And given the right set of accidents (like a major terrorist attack or a major Clinton stumble), he just might win. But for all of their blather about abuses of executive power and reverence for the Constitution, Republicans who put principle ahead of expediency are few and far between. And their view of what's expedient should tell us something.
This week, the nation watched as the Republican Party continued its awkward attempt to pretend Donald Trump is something other than a dangerous buffoon. On Thursday, Trump met with Paul Ryan, with the two calling the talk a "positive step toward unification," and Ryan adding that Trump is a "very warm and genuine person." If Ryan ends up endorsing Trump, he must be held accountable for what he's endorsing. As Senator Harry Reid said of his GOP counterpart, "Since Sen. McConnell has so enthusiastically embraced Trump, you can only assume he agrees with Trump's view that women are dogs and pigs." Rough stuff but he has a point: You either believe we should deport 12 million people or you don't. You either believe there should be a religious test to enter the U.S. or you don't. But the GOP isn't alone in its attempts to white-wash Trump. The New York Times referred to Trump's racism as "a reductive approach to ethnicity." This is how someone like Trump can actually get to the White House in 2016: because of the reluctance -- by political leaders and the media -- to call out racism when they see it.
The Republican establishment tries to adjust... ...
Pretty much every pundit in the mainstream media got down on their knees and thanked a recent poll which showed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton neck-and-neck in three key swing states this week, because they truly want this gravy train to continue.
Today's meeting between Ryan and Trump, aside from Ryan's sincere objections, was much about political theater.
The important underlying reality is that Ryan wants to be president. 2020 might be a possibility. In the face of Trump's nomination, he faces a very complex challenge: how to find a course, with this problematic nominee, that maximizes that possibility.
Tomorrow, all eyes in Washington will be on the meeting between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. Some Republicans hope this "summit" between two of the leaders of the Republican Party will signify how the party as a whole will move forward with Trump as the presidential nominee.
Ahead of their highly anticipated meeting in Washington on Thursday, putative Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for the deportation of House Speaker Paul Ryan.
For several years now there has been a fight within the Republican Party, pitting establishment Republicans against movement conservatives.
Winona LaDuke's latest book reads like a prayer. These are holy words-- inspirational stories taken straight from the heart of indigenous communities ...
So here's what we have to look forward to come November: For the first time in 162 years, the Republican Party isn't fielding a candidate. Not really. The race for President is going to be between a Democrat, and an Independent, one who just happens to carry the label of Republican.
The question for many Republicans now is how can they embrace a candidate who is not a true conservative, and whose extensive use of personal attacks has dragged the campaign into the gutter?