Jeffrey Lord | Jack Kemp’s Lesson for Paul Ryan

via The American Spectator:


Jack Kemp - football (200x200)Jack Kemp’s Lesson for Paul Ryan

by Jeffrey Lord | May 13, 2016

The mentor who quickly endorsed the rival who opposed his agenda.

Jack Kemp was his usual forthright self.

Out there on the campaign trail for the GOP presidential nomination in 1988, Kemp — the godfather of Reaganomics and the man widely considered by conservatives to be Reagan’s ideological heir — had no hesitation going after the rival who was the personification of the GOP Establishment, the man Ronald Reagan had selected as his 1980 vice-presidential running mate in a bid to unify the party: George Herbert Walker Bush.

Kemp had minced no words, saying that a Bush election would mean “the end of the Reagan agenda.” Alas for Jack Kemp, Bush’s prominence as Reagan’s vice president gave Republican voters the opposite impression. Jack Kemp lost.


On March 28, he endorsed Bush at a joint news conference in Milwaukee and toured with him for three days before the April 5 Wisconsin primary. […]

Thus, a mere 19 days from his withdrawal, there was Jack Kemp literally at Bush’s side, giving his rival a strong endorsement and barnstorming Wisconsin with the soon-to-be GOP nominee.

It is now 13 days since Donald Trump clinched his status as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Which is to say, Speaker Ryan, the man with a Ryan agenda who styles himself as Jack Kemp’s disciple, has another six days to match Kemp’s record of endorsing a man with whom Kemp vigorously disagreed. […]

The clock ticks if Ryan is to match his mentor’s example of leadership. The longer he waits, the longer he projects — however unintentionally — an image of indecision or worse a picture of elitism, of an eager willingness to ignore the voters who have given the GOP its House and Senate majorities. The latter exactly the image of the Washington GOP Establishment that drove voters to Donald Trump in the first place. (Read More)


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