Ryan: 'I would encourage the delegates to put in place a rule that says you can only place in nomination someone who has run for the job.'
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 12, 2016
— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) April 12, 2016
If the establishment really wants to stick it to Trump, they should nominate Jeb just so he can have the last laugh https://t.co/Gj42ePSSqX
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 12, 2016
To quote wise
guy man Charles P. Pierce:
… It was one of the first articles of consensus here in the shebeen shortly after we opened it in 2011 that there is no functioning institution called the Republican Party anymore. There was simply a vast universe of orbiting centers of power, some of them secular and some of them religious, some of them made up of a single wealthy person and some of them an aggregation of organized interest groups, all of them operating independently according to their own private physical laws. This was apparent in the 2012 campaign when nobody could get fakes like Newt Gingrich or fools like Herman Cain out of the race until they were damned good and ready to exit the stage. Now, though, we look at not only the Republican Party institutions, but those institutions of government that the Republicans control, and we discover that nobody is really in charge. We go ship-by-ship through the Republican flotilla and discover as we do that nobody is on any bridge anywhere. It’s the Mary Celeste squadron, with all guns cleared for action. It is a menace to navigation in a functioning democracy. The only option may be the scuttle the whole business, just to keep the rest of the country from foundering.
…[Tuesday] afternoon, Ryan told us that we should count him out as a candidate for president. The setting was well-designed. It photographed beautifully. It will be an ornament to any campaign commercial he might choose to run. Playing the role of the greyhounds to Ryan’s mechanical rabbit were the members of the elite political media.
Will you attend convention? Jeb: "No." Ayotte and Burr, up for reelect, may bail. Mulvaney urging Rs to stay home. https://t.co/P8O1zyVewY
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 12, 2016
Marco Rubio's got the party right where he wants them now.
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) April 12, 2016