Paul Ryan may or may not be sincere in his reticence about Trump (it’s hard to believe he’s sincere about anything that isn’t Paul Ryan). But he’s using it to pretend he is a Reasonable Statesman.
I’m not sure if he’ll have to hand in his teahaddi decoder ring, but he’s sure to find favor among people who like to pretend Republicans aren’t a pack of bigots.
“The bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee,” Ryan said. “I don’t want to underplay what he accomplished. … But he also inherits something very special, that’s very special to a lot of us. This is the party of Lincoln and Reagan and Jack Kemp.
You know, dead people.
And we don’t always nominate a Lincoln or a Reagan every four years, but we hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln- or Reagan-esque — that that person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a wide, vast majority of Americans.”
“And so, I think what is necessary to make this work, for this to unify, is to actually take our principles and advance them. And that’s what we want to see. Saying we’re unified doesn’t in and of itself unify us, but actually taking the principles that we all believe in, showing that there’s a dedication to those, and running a principled campaign that Republicans can be proud about and that can actually appeal to a majority of Americans — that, to me, is what it takes to unify this party.”
As always, a majority of Americans excludes the people who typically avoid the GOP like it was a dose of the clap.