The difference a few weeks can make in politics is quite stunning. At the end of October, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) described the FBI email sabotage just 11 days prior to the election as 'dropping a grenade without explanation' on Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Now, Ryan is blaming the Democratic Party for not appealing to the economic woes of struggling Americans for the losses of (D) seats in Congress. On November 30, the votes will be cast to see if Ryan can unseat Nancy Pelosi as the House Minority Leader. His chances at victory aren't great and that's a good thing. The Democratic Party doesn't need any other problems besides the monumental challenges a Trump Administration is already presenting.
Ryan went on Fox and Friends this morning to plead his case, because, why not? Lots of Democrats tune to the giggling couch tumors for their news, right? He told Steve Doocy why he is running, and it's not because he will be better than Pelosi at fighting Trump's atrocious policy prescriptions. The talking point created by Republicans that Democrats haven't addressed wage issues is his motivation. Ryan explains:
I mean the question is, how bad does it have to get before we recognize we have a change and there's a lot of working-class people that are in congressional districts like mine that are black white brown gay-straight that want economic opportunity and they don't see the Democratic Party as the party that's getting it to them?
Tim Ryan forgets to mention that the economic woes of the people in his district, for example, are the result of years of voting for Republicans who have obstructed progressive policies to boost jobs and income. In 2009, Blue Dog Dem, Ryan had an epiphany that abortion should be legal, when he was running for the U.S. Senate.
Doocy asserts that the problem in Congress was the obstructionist behavior of Senator Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, not the insanely self-described Obama haters of the GOP doing all the obstructing. Instead of laying down the facts and correcting Doocy's egregious pronouncement, Ryan describes alleged Democratic shortcomings and his milquetoast plans to combat Trump. You'd think a Democrat would sing the praises of Pelosi, who was one of the most effective Speakers in history. Of course he didn't, he wants her job, and obviously he doesn't care what another schism in the Democratic Party would do to the only sane party we have.
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RYAN: I think within our caucus we're not tapping into the talent that we have in our caucus. People feel bottlenecked, like they don't have an opportunity we need to raise the profile of these young Democrats and give them a platform to be rock stars in our party.
Hmmm, rock stars in our party? Is the celebrity status of Donald Trump something that we should admire and seek out in our representatives? How about merit and remembering the facts, Ryan? Pelosi has earned her position as the Minority Leader.
I wouldn't be surprised if another 'Democrat' complains about Clinton's private email server and overlooks the fact that White supremacists dominate Trump's cabinet picks. I'm talking to you, Tulsi Gabbard.