Earlier thread on Ryan’s speakership.
First of all, I like the beard.
Secondly, I’m honestly a little surprised at how easily he seemed to get a compromise budget through (assuming it doesn’t all collapse at the last minute.) Honestly, he’s done a better job so far than I would have anticipated, though that’s a fairly low bar.
However, thirdly, even though he was able to cobble together a majority to pass this budget, largely by completely ignoring the Hastert rule, it seems the right-wing media is starting to lose its collective shit. This Salon article documents the reactions of Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, and the Washington Times.
I think the observation that Trump is basically the candidate to whom angry right-wingers are attaching their inchoate rage is insightful, and if true, we’ll probably see this budget deal improve his poll numbers. Cruz may see an opportunity to grandstand against this when it goes to the Senate. What I’m curious to see is how this impacts Congress - we’ve seen the extreme right-wing tighten its noose around the Republicans both through the threat of ‘being primaried’, as well as actual removal of ‘RINOs’ (Eric Cantor, eg) through the primary process. Will Republican supporters of this bill face repercussions in the upcoming election? I just can’t see the far right simmering down over this.