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Monday, April 18, 2016

Big donors order Paul Ryan to meet them in NYC

The owners of the Republican Party ordered Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to report to them in Manhattan. Pronto.

From the Observer:

The Observer can now report that Todd Ricketts, the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs who is also the son of the founder of Ameritrade, is arranging a meeting of some of the GOP’s top financial bundlers, to be attended by Mr. Ryan. The meeting is to take place next week at the Mandarin Hotel and will be comprised of a discussion with “twenty or so” Republican donors, including Mr. Ricketts and several people he has raised money with before, such as Randy Kendrick, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick.
The Ricketts Family and Ms. Kendrick have collaborated on political efforts already this campaign. He is the CEO of the Ending Spending Super PAC, which she has supported. She donated and raised money for the Our Principles super PAC, which was founded by Mr. Ricketts’ mother, Marlene Ricketts, who seeded the organization with $3 million. Our Principles was formed earlier this year as an eleventh hour effort to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination.
The planned meeting came to the attention of the Observer via one top Republican donor who was approached and described himself to the Observer as “disgusted that he [Ryan] is saying one thing publicly but secretly trying to garner support with all of these NeverTrump people talking about all their strategies to subvert the people who are voting for Trump and Cruz.” He declined to join the group and either did not know or would not reveal others who would be joining the secret meeting at the Mandarin.
Mr. Ryan now finds himself in the precarious position of the “late stage undeclared candidate.” The Speaker has high-profile party figures such as Utah Senator Orrin Hatch talking about drafting him to unite the party if no candidate emerges victorious via the traditional way – as in, you know, winning the most votes. On the other hand, the Republican base is in near revolt over the way their ballots are being ignored. The idea that someone who has not endured these endless debates or made the case directly to the people swooping in at the last moment after being anointed by 20 rich guys in a fancy Columbus Circle hotel is unlikely to play well among a Republican base that even the New York Times sees as “in conflict with democracy.”
Maybe Ricketts wants Ryan to play second base.

Keep sabotaging Trump and pounding your chest. You'll wind up with amnesty and have to treat them like honored guests.


  1. Meeting at the Mandarin to give us the Manchurian candidate.

  2. Maybe Tickets wants to get to home base with Ryan. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

  3. Wait, that can't be! I was assured by Mr. Surber that Cruz had "Candidate of the Establishment" all sewn up!

    1. Of course it can be. Pay attention. Cruz is the Establishment's Official Anti-Establishment candidate. When I said that, people said I was nuts.
      Now the story unfolds that I was right. RNC and party chairs are greasing the skids for him. But apparently he has not gotten the job done to suit the bank. The kingmakers may go to the bullpen.

    2. Cruz won't get the nod, he is only there to foil if possible, Trumps bid. Once Trump is blocked, Rafael gets tossed out with the bath water.
      Do not expect fair dealings from Rancid Prepuce or any of the other powers that pretend to be.

  4. More like a pinch hitter. - Elric