When Speaker Paul Ryan indicated on Monday that another attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare would happen, conservatives and economists were relieved. The stock market went up.
Today, Ryan held a news conference. The business channels covered it. There was hope he would announce a date or general time frame for getting that done. It would show party progress, some unity and a desire to get on with the tax reforms.
Once again, Ryan failed. None of that happened. He dug himself deeper in a hole. If I were President Trump, it would have made me say that does it – he has to go.
It was a pathetic news conference. He told nothing. He didn’t give us any idea of when Congress would again tackle repeal of Obamacare. He waffled on what would happen about reaching the debt ceiling. He made no promises on tax reforms.
Increasingly he is showing what a poor House Speaker he is. Rather than grab control of his members, sit them in a room and force them to work something out, he gets down on one knee and begs. According to news reports, that’s what Ryan did to Rep. Don Young of Alaska last week to get his repeal/replace bill passed.
Ryan has become a sad example of the Peter Principle. Remember it? “It states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and managers rise to the level of their incompetence.”
He’s hit that and more.
Ryan is unable to form a vision, fight for it, get his party together, use discipline and win. The sooner he goes, the better for the country.