At The Hill by Scott Wong,
Donald Trump’s flailing presidential campaign has become a threat to Paul Ryan.
weeks before the elections, Trump is training his fire on the
Republican House Speaker after Ryan essentially conceded that the
outsider GOP nominee had no chance of winning the White House next
attacking Ryan on Twitter as disloyal and a “weak and ineffectual
leader,” Trump is setting up the Wisconsin lawmaker as the scapegoat for
a possible Election Day disaster. Trump’s actions could turn his
millions of die-hard followers against Ryan and ruin the 46-year-old
Speaker’s political prospects.
In effect, Trump is trying to
extinguish one of the GOP’s brightest young stars and tarnish the
political brand of a man many mainstream Republicans still hope will one
day run for president.
From his bully pulpit, Ryan is perhaps best-positioned to lead the party out of the ashes of a Trump defeat on Nov. 8.
That’s if Ryan, Mitt Romney’s 2012 vice presidential pick, even gets the opportunity.