COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 8, 2016 — Mark Steyn, today’s guest host for the “Rush Limbaugh Show” argued that Donald Trump, outsider extraordinaire, is nothing more or less than the electorate’s reaction to the numerous and stunning failures of our federal government.
As proof of federal inefficacy, as if any were needed, Steyn raised the plight of 911 victims, who 15 years after the event still are awaiting their day in court to face Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He also cited the State Department’s claim that it will take them some 95 years to vet Cheryl Mills’ email traffic with Hillary Clinton before they may release the messages.
In the face of these and other government lapses, lies, and failures, Steyn wondered why the twittering class of Republican leaders aren’t spending more of their time resolving these outstanding issues rather than critiquing Trump’s stump behavior and language.
One of the chief twitterers of late is Kentucky’s senior Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the longest serving U.S. senator in that state’s history. He has been majority leader of the Senate since Jan. 3, 2015, and has the distinction of being the l5th Senate Republican leader. He is the consummate insider.
As a self-designated unpaid adviser to the Trump campaign, he regularly clucks to the national press of his unease and displeasure with Trump. This grand old man of the Senate, with so much else on his official plate, has busied himself telling Trump to dial things back and get himself onto scripted speeches.
McConnell is the man who declared in 2009 that his principle objective would be to ensure that President Obama would be a one-term president. Recall how well that worked out.
As majority leader, the buck stops at his desk to fulfill the mandates of Republican voters. However: Small government? Out the window, with humongous budgets and never-ending regulations. Observance of the Constitution? Not so much; President Obama has opened the nation to illegals and looks the other way as sanctuary cities disobey federal law with regard to illegal immigration, without a peep from Republican legislators and their leaders.
Recall Obama’s first term, when his attorney general said that despite videotape evidence of the New Black Panthers intimidating voters at a polling station, “this administration will not be prosecuting blacks.” Search the Constitution for that requirement.
More upsetting than McConnell, however, is Paul Ryan, Republican speaker of the House. This company man was unable to endorse his party’s legitimate, sole-remaining presidential candidate even when it was all but over. He picked and nattered about his objections vis-à-vis Trump. One imagined Ryan all but wanted Trump to arrive at Capitol Hill on bended knee to kiss Ryan’s ring, as though he were pope.
Once he had his needed publicity, Ryan met with Trump and began his gradual, painstaking march to party unity. But Ryan holds out his important sponsorship as a prize too precious to give out easily. He, of the high moral ground, looks upon the upstart Trump as a penitent needing his approval.
Ryan is the man who rolled over when Obama presented a marching-to-recession budget that will indenture our children and grandchildren for years to come. Some conservative he turned out to be. But his attitude remains. He has perfected the perfect tilt of his head as he looks down his nose during press conferences. He is nothing if not the measured young man on his way to the top.
While his supporters watch with bated breath, hoping Trump won’t step on his own messages with blatantly unorthodox remarks, it is clear they have Romney’s, Ryan’s and McConnell’s numbers. The electorate is asked by these quackers, “Who do you believe? Us, or your lying eyes?”
To which, the electorate is shouting, “Our lying eyes!”