This weekend, Sarah Palin said that Paul Ryan’s political career was essentially over. Mrs. Palin predicted that Ryan was about to be “Cantored”, a reference to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a GOP primary. At the time, I said that Mrs. Palin had started believing her press clippings a little too much.

While Speaker Ryan didn’t respond Sunday after Mrs. Palin’s interview, that doesn’t mean he didn’t take time to swat her aside later, saying “Look, people in Wisconsin know me well, I really don’t have anything to say only that my focus is on the people of this district and unifying the Republican Party on a core set of principles.”

People do know Speaker Ryan well. In Wisconsin’s First District, which Ryan represents, the latest Marquette University Poll, Speaker Ryan’s approval rating is 76%. As I’ve written consistently, the Marquette University poll is the gold standard in Wisconsin, just like the Des Moines Register Poll is the gold standard in Iowa. Later still, Speaker Ryan took another swipe at Mrs. Palin:

People know me really well in Wisconsin, they know I am going to stand up for my principles that are conservative principles no matter how popular that may be on a given day. They know me personally very well. I don’t really worry too much about outside agitators.

Mrs. Palin is a fading star in the GOP. Though she’s still got a following, that following keeps getting smaller and closer to the political fringe each time they make an appearance. It won’t be long before she’ll be a footnote whose fifteen minutes of fame ran out of the hourglass.

6 Responses to “Paul Ryan swats Palin like a fly”

  • JerryE9 says:

    Paul Ryan recently said he was preparing a sort of new “Contract with America.” With Trump the “presumptive” nominee, that would be highly helpful to keeping the general electorate on board with Republicans, and that includes Mr. Trump. :-)

  • Gary Gross says:

    Trump wants the GOP’s loyalty. It’s only fair that we, the GOP’s foot soldiers, demand loyalty to us. If Trump isn’t willing to fight for conservative priorities, then I won’t feel obligated to support Trump. Period.

  • JerryE9 says:

    I tried to imply that we need to stay engaged with Mr. Trump and get him to give at least lip service to a more detailed conservative agenda, such as Paul Ryan has said he will create. That will help Trump earn our vote and that helps him win the election because, if he doesn’t, we lose everything. I don’t think Hillary is going to listen to us.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Hillary won’t listen to us but she isn’t as radical and as hair-brained as Trump. Plus, if I support Trump, I’ll be accused of supporting all of his hair-brained statements. I won’t do that. I don’t want lip service, either. I want the real thing. Settling for someone who’s a conspiracy theory nutjob and who doesn’t intend on serving us isn’t what I’ll sign up for.

  • eric z says:

    Sarah Palin is a fly. Not hare-brained. Fly-brained.

  • eric z says:

    I don’t recall that Carthage set terms and conditions after Rome won.

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