Speaker Paul Ryan crushed his Republican primary opponent Paul Nehlenn today. Ryan received around 85 percent of the vote, according to Politico.
Ryan, of course, had all the advantages. His opponent was an unknown whom Ryan (gutlessly, it seems to me) refused to debate. In addition, Ryan was able to pour more than $600,000 into television advertising in the past month.
He even obtained Donald Trump’s endorsement in the end. Without it, Ryan might have had to settle for 80 percent of the vote.
I’m no fan of Paul Ryan, but I agree with his Republican constituents that he deserves a place in the House. Ryan brings a lot to the table.
However, I hate the fact that Ryan will be Speaker of the new House. If Hillary Clinton wins the presidential race, as seems likely, I expect Ryan to work with the Democrats to pass both amnesty and jail break legislation. Nor is that likely to be the extent of the damage Ryan will cause.
You can take the boy out of the Boy Scouts, but you can’t take the Boy Scout out of the boy.
That’s why Ryan’s victory, though inevitable, is unfortunate in my opinion.