Monday, July 18, 2016

Can Wisconsin Voters Really End Paul Ryan's Career In 3 Weeks? Yes, But It Will Take A Bipartisan Effort


Paul Ryan has some monarchist ideas from his 1988 reign as Prom King

Yesterday's post about Paul Ryan being nothing more than a garden variety GOP hack and a dumbbell to boot, wasn't meant to sway any voters. Most Ryan voters in Wisconsin know who he is and have had few problems backing him. Of course, consistent-- albeit tacit-- support from the DCCC, which has systematically sabotaged all Democratic efforts to take him on in over a decade, have made that proposition, at best, untested. Interesting enough, this cycle though, the movement in southeast Wisconsin "to Cantor" him is actually picking up steam-- at least according to the often right-wing extremists at Breitbart.

Citing an iffy primary poll that shows Ryan at 43% against his crackpot teabagger opponent, Paul Nehlen, at 32%, Breitbart (apparently, the sole Republican battleground against Ryan's reelection bid) contends that-- like Wasserman Schultz in Florida, though with less reason-- Ryan is starting to panic. He's been flooding the district with mailers claiming he's tough on border security-- the issue that ultimately did in Cantor-- as the August 9th primary approaches. Ryan's primary opponent, Paul Nehlen, who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, isn't likely to get anywhere... unless Democratic voters in Janesville, Kenosha, Racine, Muskego and the suburbs south of Milwaukee decide to screw with the GOP and vote, en masse, in the Republicans' open primary against Ryan. And they might as well, since the two hapless Democrats running this cycle have exactly zero chance to beat Ryan.

Breitbart, one of the more racist and overtly xenophobic of the far right GOP hate sites, points out that Ryan is being deceptive by sending out pro-border security mailers because he's voted against closing down the government, in their eyes enabling "President Obama’s open borders agenda-- including funding sanctuary cities, executive amnesty, and the release of criminal aliens." They also continuously assert that Ryan plans to use the lame-duck session to pass widely popular and bipartisan criminal justice reform measures that in right-wing world equates with "measures that could release thousands of criminal illegal aliens from prison onto the streets."
Interestingly, Ryan’s mailer does not list a single action Ryan has actually taken-- in his seventeen years in Congress-- to “secure our border” or stop the threat of radical Islam from “reaching our shores.”

While Ryan is now sending out mailers on border security, he has spent two decades pushing for policies that would effectively open America’s borders-- including actions he has taken from his powerful position as House Speaker.

As House Speaker, Ryan ushered through Congress an omnibus spending bill that completely funded President Obama’s open borders agenda.

Ryan voted to fund Obama’s still-running 2012 executive amnesty for illegal aliens who allegedly entered the country as minors. Ryan’s bill also rewarded sanctuary cities with federal grants. He also provided funding for the resettlement of illegal aliens within the United States, the release of criminal aliens, and tax credits for illegal aliens.

Ryan’s spending bill also funded an expansion of Muslim migration, bringing the total number of visas for Muslim migrants this year (temporary and permanent) to nearly 300,000.

Ryan has voted to increase Muslim migration-- despite the fact that seven out of ten GOP Wisconsin voters want to see Muslim migration into the United States paused.

Ryan’s primary challenger, Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen, slammed Ryan for the deceptive mailers.

“The only thing more disturbing than Paul Ryan’s refusal to secure the border is the extent to which he is comfortable lying about it,” Nehlen said.

“As long as Paul Ryan is in Congress, immigration will never be reduced, the border will never be secured, radical Islam will never be kept off our shores, and our children will never be safe,” Nehlen continued. “He is wholly owned by his donors, and his donors want open borders. When was the last time Ryan ever fought hard for something that his donors opposed? If Ryan remains, we can kiss our borders, our safety, and our sovereignty goodbye.”

...During the 2013 push to pass amnesty, Ryan told a group of Hispanic voters that he believes his job of a U.S. lawmaker is to put himself in the shoes of foreign citizens living in foreign countries-- such as a “gentleman from India who’s waiting for his green card” or the illegal alien “DREAMer who is waiting-- and put forth U.S. legislative solutions to improve the lives of those foreign citizens.

At a joint event with [Rep. Luis] Gutierrez in 2013, Ryan made the case for dissolving borders-- declaring unabashedly that the United States “is more than [its] borders.”

Two years later, Gutierrez was one of Ryan’s earliest endorsements for House Speaker.

“Paul Ryan and I talk,” Gutierrez told the filmmakers in 2014. “What we do with Ryan,” Gutierrez explained, “is he puts together a bunch of bills, one of which is legalization, and that’s the one we join him on. The legalization is good enough that I can go and say we need to get in bed.”

Gutierrez told filmmakers that their collaboration had to be conducted in secret, so as not to tip off Republican voters. “You feel like you have to kind of sneak around to have dinner with these guys,” Gutierrez’s communications director, Douglas Rivlin, said, referring to his secret meetings with House Republicans to push amnesty. “Unlike some of you [expletive deleted], I don’t mess around with my wife, so–but let me tell you–right? I feel like I’m sneaking around right on my Party … when I have dinner with you guys,” he said.

“Right,” Gutierrez confirmed. “We can’t tell people. That’s OK. Maybe that’s the way this has got to get done. But if those are the rules, those are the rules.”

It is perhaps interesting that Ryan is now choosing to campaign on border security given that he has taken so many actions throughout his career to effectively dissolve national borders.
Again, it's not likely Breitbart has anywhere near the clout it would take to defeat Ryan... and Nehlen, a rabid Trumpist, has turned out to be a complete dud, although he's been hammering Ryan on how Ryan forced fast track authority for the TPP through Congress. But Nehlen hasn't raised any money and isn't doing what needs it be done to oust a popular incumbent. I'll reiterate-- only Democrats could oust Ryan in the Republican primary.

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At 1:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With a Democratic party which acts Republican, Democratic voters might as well do something beneficial for the nation, cross over, and vote against Ryan. Unfortunately, this means counting on WISCONSIN Democrats who clearly crossed over to rescue SNott Walker's political career every time they had a chance to stomp that cockroach. I have little faith anymore that Cheesehead voters have enough brains to know how to vote, and that makes me very sad.


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