An interview from ‘Republican In Name Only’ (RINO) Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House, shows how out of touch he has always been with the GOP voter base.
Old Interview Resurfaces
In the interview, Ryan is discussing the Republicans’ attempt to shut down the government in October of 2013, which was done in an effort to defund Obamacare.
The host of Face the Nation at the time of the interview in 2014, Bob Schieffer, began by asking Paul Ryan about a quote from his book, which read: “In short, the strategy our colleagues had been promoting was flawed from beginning to end. It was a suicide mission. But a lot of members were more afraid of what would happen if they didn’t jump off the cliff.”
“Why didn’t you say that back then?” Schieffer asked.
“Because I want party unity, I didn’t think it was constructive for conservatives to be carping at each other… I don’t think we can succeed if all we do is criticize and define what we are against,” Ryan began.
That is an excellent point, and one that conservatives today are still concerned about. The Republican Party has become the party of “not the Democrats.” Every move they make is to stop Democrat policies from being implemented, and every policy position they hold is just anti-Democrat. What they should be doing is trying to push policies that move the country towards conservatism, not just away from the far left.
The problem is, Paul Ryan never actually tried to change the GOP in the ways he wrote about in his book. He is guilty of exactly what he is accusing the GOP of. Ryan ran as the vice presidential candidate alongside the biggest RINO in Washington, D.C., Mitt Romney, who barely even fought in the campaign against Barack Obama. These criticisms of the GOP put forward by Ryan embody the Romney campaign, yet he joined the campaign anyway.
Ryan, like most RINOs, talks about trying to achieve party unity in Washington, D.C., but often forgets that the people that DC Republicans should be unified with is their own base. This is difficult though, as the Republican Party has become a large tent, encompassing many differing political viewpoints. Unlike the Democrats, who demand ideological conformity, the GOP voter base includes libertarians, fiscal conservatives, establishment Republicans, social conservatives, and much more. The elected Republicans mostly fit into the category of establishment Republicans, so they don’t even fully represent their base. In this interview, Ryan has the right idea, that the party should unify behind a common goal. The problem with this idea is that the people who define that goal should be the voters, not establishment politicians like Paul Ryan.