Paul Ryan, the former Republican Speaker of the House, just unveiled a new plan that he has for Republicans “to win.”
Ryan’s plan is twofold: one part is policy proposals that Ryan wants Republicans to accept, and the other part is the abandonment by Republicans of former President Donald Trump. Ryan, in fact, is now even referring to himself as a “never-again-Trumper.”
Ryan talked about the details of his plan during a recent appearance on ABC News’ This Week. But, his plan can also be found in a new book, from the Amerian Enterprise Institute, called American Renewal: A Conservative Plan to Strengthen the Social Contract and Save the Country’s Finances.
The book contains essays from 19 different authors, including Ryan.
“The evidence is clear”
Let’s start with part one of Ryan’s plan, namely, moving away from Trump. Ryan is one of those Republicans – using that designation very loosely – who is blaming the Republican Party’s lackluster performance in the midterm elections on Trump.
“I personally think the evidence is really clear,” Ryan said during his ABC appearance. “The biggest factor was the Trump factor.”
In Ryan’s view, pro-Trump candidates cost the Republicans in the midterm elections. Ryan opined:
We would . . . clearly have won the Senate had we had traditional Republicans in the general election like these governors did. I think we would have won places like Arizona, places like Pennsylvania, New Hampshire had we had a typical and traditional conservative Republican, not a Trump Republican.
From this bit of conjecture, Ryan concluded, “I think what we now know – it’s pretty clear is – with Trump we lose.” Ryan added:
I don’t mean this personally, it’s just — it’s just evidence. We lost the House in ’18. We lost the presidency in ’20. We lost the Senate in ’20. And now, in 2022, we should have and could have won the Senate. We didn’t. And, we have a much lower majority in the House because of that Trump factor.
Accordingly, Ryan goes on to argue that Trump ought not to be the Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2024 because Trump is “unelectable.” Ryan claimed that Trump is unlikely to even win the Republican nomination and that “if there’s someone not named Trump, my guess is we win the White House.”
The other part of Ryan’s plan regards the sort of policies that Republican politicians ought to adopt. Again, here, Ryan is notably anti-Trump.
Breitbart News reports:
The second reason offered by Ryan is his own alternative 2024 White House platform. That platform breaks from Trump’s mostly-populist policies and offers voters a series of healthcare cuts, more wage-cutting migrants, new carbon taxes, and lower taxes for corporate investors.
[Ryan’s] chapter in the book more-or-less ignores many of the civic issues threatening the Americans who backed Trump in 2016 and back him now in 2022 — free trade, displacement by migrants, drug epidemics, declining wages, unaffordable housing, anti-American ideology in schools, and transgender propaganda of teenagers. But, the book does have plans to provide the GOP’s donors with more migrants, more government spending, and lower taxes.
To most Republicans, none of this will come as a surprise. Ryan has made it clear for some time now that he is an anti-Trump type of Republican. It’s probably worth noting that he began the ABC interview by praising outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
To Ryan’s dismay, the fact is that Trump remains popular, and it’s because of his America First policies and his willingness to take on Ryan and other members of the D.C. establishment.