Deep breath, everyone.
By now, you’re probably aware that Paul Ryan declined to offer his support to Donald Trump during his appearance with Jake Tapper yesterday. At least, he’s ‘not ready’ to do that yet. As CNN reported:
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he cannot yet support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
“I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” in an interview.
Ryan’s position makes him the highest-level GOP official to reject Trump since the real estate mogul became the last candidate standing in the party’s nominating contest. His move gives down-ballot Republicans cover to hold off on supporting Trump. It could also keep his agenda in the House from being overtaken by Trump’s policy positions.
First of all, we’re only a few days from one of the most brutal primary fights in modern history. It’s not surprising that some people aren’t ready to accept the winner just yet.
More importantly, this is the same Speaker of the House who wouldn’t accept the Speaker position. He also didn’t want a contested convention, despite the fact that he was preparing for one. You can bet that, should Trump lock down the nomination (remember, he’s still the presumptive nominee), Ryan will get in line. Whenever a politician says “yet” you can safely assume that’s a synonym for “until I get what I want.”
And it looks like Trump knows that. The two will meet next week to discuss “stuff.”
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) May 6, 2016
Who knows what Ryan’s really after here? Maybe he wants a specific thing – an appointment, or assurances about a piece of pet legislation – should Trump get into office. Possibly he’s still holding on to the idea that something will go down at the convention to upend the nomination. Perhaps he’s completely on the up-and-up, feels burned, and wants a little pow-wow to confirm that Trump’s vision is compatible with his own.
Whatever the real story is, it looks like everything will be smoothed over. …Eventually.