(PatriotWise.com)- In what was clearly a dig at former President Trump, last week former House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered a speech at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California where he warned Republicans against remaining dependent on what he called the “populist appeal of one personality.”
Twitter user Columbia Bugle put together a humorous montage of Paul Ryan’s Reagan Library speech that appears to contradict Ryan’s warnings about being dependent on one personality.
Paul Ryan: We can't be a party with a cult of personality around one man!
Also Paul Ryan: pic.twitter.com/0KGMz21BjQ
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 28, 2021
Ryan also scoffed at those he called “yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago.”
Naturally these not-so-subtle attacks did not sit well with Mr. Trump.
In a statement released on Friday, Trump accused Paul Ryan of being a curse to the Republican Party. Calling him a weak and ineffective leader, Trump argued that Ryan is clueless about what needs to be done for the country.
What’s more, Trump claims, Paul Ryan spends his time fighting his fellow Republicans rather than opposing the radical direction the Democrat Party has taken.
Trump’s not wrong.
Ryan, like the anti-Trump Republicans he is fundraising for, are no doubt directing their fussy outrage, not at the party whose radical positions are destroying the country, but at their own Republican colleagues. It is counterproductive for Republicans to direct more fire at Matt Gaetz or Marjorie Taylor Greene than they do members of the Marxist “Squad.”
In an especially scathing column at American Greatness over the weekend, Roger Kimball referred to the reemergence of Paul Ryan as “Paul Ryan’s Impotent Appeal.”
Calling Ryan a “well-pressed” man “armed with all the best clichés,” Kimball excoriated his Reagan Library speech. And like, Trump, Kimball questions the validity of Ryan speaking on how Republicans can win – especially considering he and Romney failed to secure that Republican win in 2012.
“No country was ever saved by good men,” Kimball writes, quoting Eighteenth Century English historian Horace Walpole, “because good men will not go the length that may be necessary.”
By his brand of conservatism Paul Ryan may be perceived as one of those “good men” who has mastered the art of “losing with dignity.” And that, Kimball argues, is the problem with Republicans like Paul Ryan.