July 20, 2016

FIGHTING OFF THE TAINT OF TRUMP:

Why Paul Ryan Should Vote for Hillary Clinton (Ciro Scotti July 20, 2016, Fiscal Times)

In his speech, Ryan called for party unity, but as Reuters reports, he has been pushing his own agenda behind the scenes in Cleveland. An adviser to GOP super-donor Paul Singer called Ryan the "antidote" to all the frustration, and presumably impotency, that the establishment feels with having the national showcase snatched out of its hands.

Ryan's "Better Way" blueprint of where to take the country is at once a more traditional Republican path on the economy, taxes and national security and a methodical vision in competition with the fiery, off-the-cuff positions taken by Trump.

More important, if the GOP's 2012 vice-presidential candidate is able to save Congress from a Democratic sweep, he is going to be a hero to his party with a Santa Claus-sized sack of IOUs from politicians across the country whose bacon he has saved from what could be a Trump inferno on Nov. 8.

To pull that off, Ryan needs money, and he's getting it.

Related: Cleveland Protests Turn Violent as Trump Receives GOP Nomination

According to The Hill, the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee will have raised close to $48 million between January and June, its biggest six-month haul ever. Most of that is being attributed to Ryan's fund-raising prowess.

But also driving that fat-cat number, The Hill says, is the fact that a lot of the GOP's big donors are declining to put their money where Trump's mouth is and are supporting Ryan and his fellow down-ballot candidates instead. 

Posted by at July 20, 2016 4:15 PM

  

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