Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surprised a lot of people when he acknowledged that fellow cheesehead and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was in the fight of his political life in his reelection bid on Tuesday.
I hope Ryan does lose. His primary opponent, Paul Nehlen, has come from nothing to mount a serious campaign against Ryan. He has won the support and campaign assistance of Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter and conservative icon Phyllis Schlaffly. They have all pointed out Ryan’s elitism, his globalist slant, his support for pro immigration bills, TPP and refusal to do anything that knocks down Obamacare. Indeed, he has been more helpful to Obama than to GOP voters in my opinion, while bashing the party’s nominee.
Does Nehlen have a chance? World Net Daily says he does:
If House Speaker Paul Ryan’s own Facebook page is any indication of how well he will fare in next Tuesday’s all-important primary race against upstart challenger Paul Nehlen, it might not be smooth sailing for the 16-year incumbent come Election Day.
In fact, Ryan’s campaign is showing signs of “melting down,” at least if social media is to be taken as a barometer. The level of antipathy toward Ryan on his two Facebook sites has been heating up in recent days as the election draws closer.
“There’s such a deluge of comments negative to Paul Ryan on Ryan’s own Facebook site. Ryan’s problems with Trump are also a big factor in the backlash, you can see that in the comments,” said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, or ALIPAC.
ALIPAC launched a new ad campaign earlier this week casting Ryan as “Lyin Ryan,” a politician who supports Obama’s amnesty orders and his expanded refugee resettlement programs, which funnel Shariah-compliant Muslims into more than 200 U.S. cities and towns from Syrian, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia by the tens of thousands annually.
The stream of Facebook comments are more than 90 percent negative against Ryan as voters express their disgust with Ryan’s stance on trade and immigration.
The GOP primary race for Wisconsin’s first congressional district has come into national focus as Nehlen has shown himself more than capable of taking on the Ryan juggernaut. Ryan started out with a massive lead over the unknown Nehlen, an inventor who has employed hundreds in his successful water-filtration manufacturing business over the years.
As a one-time Ryan supporter, Nehlen decided to run against him because of the damaging effect Ryan-supported secret trade deals were having on all but the largest U.S. businesses. Immigration is his other hot-button issue, and he supports GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on the need to rein it in, build a wall on the U.S. southern border and take a hard look at the numbers of Muslim migrants flooding into the country.
Gheen says he senses a turn in the race similar to what happened in Virginia in 2014, when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went down in a stunning defeat to an unknown candidate named Dave Brat.
“The negative reaction we are seeing against Paul Ryan nationally is stronger than what we saw brewing against Eric Cantor the week before his political demise in 2014,” said Gheen.
It’s a general rule of thumb in politics that the candidate who spends the most wins 94 percent of the time.
But there are exceptions, and often those exceptions occur when the underdog makes immigration his or her biggest issue, Gheen said.
“But let’s not kid ourselves, Paul Ryan is a Goliath, and whether he falls or not our plan is to throw as many rocks at him as we can,” Gheen said. “He knows that not protecting the border and not protecting Americans is his Achilles’ heel, and he needs to spend a lot of money pumping the lie out there. So you have many Wisconsin voters who only hear that lie, that expensively advertised lie, where he’s telling them what they want to hear about himself, while doing something completely different with Obama in D.C.”
In many ways, the Ryan-Nehlen primary is a microcosm of the national Clinton-Trump race where one candidate represents the globalist establishment’s interests and the other candidate represents populist issues that resonate with the beleaguered middle class.
“It’s big money paying for big lies, and unfortunately that works most of the time. But what you’re looking at right now in Paul Ryan’s district – it’s that big money with big lies that’s killing America,” Gheen said. “This race is the quintessential example of the root of what’s wrong with America. It’s the root of all American evil, with the money and the lies and the money backing the lies aimed at Republican voters.”
Nehlen said in a July 30 interview with Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs that he believes Ryan, if re-elected, would serve as a thorn in the side of a President Donald Trump.
“With one vote, we can take back our nation from Paul Ryan’s special interests,” Nehlen said. “With our one vote, we can stop TPP and stop amnesty. It is vitally important that we do this, because with President Trump in place, Paul Ryan will be nothing but a problem. He will thwart President Trump at every opportunity.”
Here’s a sample of comments from Ryan’s facebook page:
Hey Paul Ryan you just saw 400 million delivered to Iran through the back door. Do what you always do NOTHING. Your such a coward. Go Trump.
Darrell Sumner There is no doubt that it is an election year! Paul Ryan is making a statement! Too bad his other statements have been to support Obama and not the American people! Vote him out, Wisconsin !
And as a RINO you also support poverty by supporting amnesty and resettlement of Syrians in the U.S.. You also were the head and partial author of a trade agreement that puts Americans out of work so citizens of other nations can
I hope your voters see you for what you really are. You have been there in Washington for 18 years and have not accomplished anything to make America great and prosper. You have in returned lined your pockets very well though. Term limits are good for corruption. Time for new management. Paul Nehlen for Congress!
You are only committed to maintaining your power! You care nothing about the American people.
The Hell with you Mr. Ryan. The American people chose Trump and because you and your cronies want to maintain your power you are willing to allow Hillary to win for your own personal reasons. You sir, are not true American. You’re no better than Boehner.
Ouch! Go look at his facebook page. You’ll be hard pressed to find some good comments on there.