Pat Buchanan’s hubris really shined through in this hit piece attacks the Speaker of the House as being a nobody. That’s rich considering the fact that Buchanan once was the Reform Party’s presidential nominee but only after he won a lawsuit to defeat a candidate whose platform was based on Transcendental meditation. Then, after winning the Reform Party’s nomination, Buchanan endorsed George W. Bush.

That’s why it’s rich that Buchanan said “Ryan is a congressman from Wisconsin. He has never won a statewide election. As number two on Mitt Romney’s ticket, he got waxed by Joe Biden. He was compromise choice as speaker, only after John Boehner went into in his Brer Rabbit “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” routine. Who made Ryan the conscience of conservatism? Who made Ryan keeper of the keys of true Republicanism?”

With all due respect to Buchanan, who is he to question Ryan’s credentials? Buchanan is a natural Trump supporter because, like Trump, he’s a international trade defeatist. Unlike economic giants like Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell and Ronald Reagan, who were enthusiastic free trade advocates, Trump and Buchanan think that American workers can’t compete with workers in China, India and South Korea on a level playing field.

Then there’s this:

He is pandering to the Trump-hating Beltway media and claiming the leadership of a Republican establishment routed and repudiated in the primaries, not only by that half of the party that voted for Trump, but also by that huge slice of the party that voted for Ted Cruz.

It’s kinda embarrassing to watch a former presidential candidate resort to name-calling in his attempt to win an argument. What’s worse is that Buchanan actually thinks that Paul Ryan panders to the “Beltway media” on anything.

It’s one thing to disagree with Speaker Ryan’s policies. It’s another to think he’s a natural-born panderer.

Finally, there’s this:

The hubris here astonishes. A Republican establishment that has been beaten as badly as Carthage in the Third Punic War is now making demands on Scipio Africanus and the victorious Romans.

The hubris that’s most on display is Buchanan’s. It’s especially on display when he said that “Paul Ryan is the Nelson Rockefeller of his generation.” Buchanan’s always been a bit off but he’s really gone round the bend this time.

The Rockefellers are bigtime environmentalists. Ryan isn’t. The Rockefellers lived in ivory towers far removed from the hoi polloi. Ryan’s lived his entire life in middle class neighborhoods. The Rockefellers got rich by violating this nation’s anti-trust laws.

While it’s true that Trump isn’t an environmentalist, it’s definitely true that he’s lived separated from blue collar people. There’s little question whether Trump would exploit this nation’s anti-trust laws if given the opportunity.

In short, Buchanan’s statements are severely lacking in accuracy.

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